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Information & What To Do

Asbestosis is a condition that describes inflammation and scarring in the lungs as a results of long-term irritation from asbestos. Asbestosis can cause:

  • Respiratory problems
  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue and fever

Asbestos remains the number one cause of occupational cancer in the United States. Around the world, it’s estimated that 125 million people are exposed to asbestos through work each year.

Contact a Mesothelioma Attorney in Baton Rouge

Because of the nature of asbestos exposure and so many companies knowingly putting employees at risk, mesothelioma and asbestosis patients and their loved ones have legal rights. Filing a claim can ultimately help cover the expensive treatment costs of the mesothelioma, recover lost wages, and make sure these companies are held accountable for their wrongdoings. At Murphy Law Firm, the experienced asbestosis and mesothelioma attorneys are highly skilled in personal injury law and have litigated millions of dollars in settlements. Let the mesothelioma lawyers at Murphy Law Firm help you stand up for your rights in Louisiana.

“Our law firm has substantial expertise in the highly specialized field of occupational Asbestos exposure litigation.”
-Attorney Peyton Murphy

Risk Factors for Asbestosis

For centuries, asbestos was viewed as a valuable material for many different industries, ranging from construction to the production of various consumer goods. The durability, heat resistance, and cost effectiveness of asbestos made it a “miracle” material. Unfortunately, millions of workers worldwide paid the price for the heavy use of this toxin that causes deadly diseases like mesothelioma.

Being exposed to asbestos at work is more common than many realize, and still occurs today despite stricter regulations around its use.
Asbestos remains the number one cause of occupational cancer in the United States. Around the world, it’s estimated that 125 million people are exposed to asbestos through work each year.

If you’re one of thousands of people who breathed in asbestos particles, worked around the substance, or had second-hand exposure from someone who did, it’s no surprise you are suffering with health consequences now.
The workers exposed to asbestos most often in the past include:

  • Construction workers
  • Shipyard
  • Boiler operators
  • Electricians
  • Mechanics
  • Asbestos miners

It is an employer’s job to find out about asbestos in the workplace and to take steps to either eliminate the hazard, contain it, or otherwise safeguard employees from dangerous exposure. Failure to do so can eventually be fatal for workers.

Asbestosis and other asbestos-related conditions, such as mesothelioma, take years to develop.

You might receive an asbestosis diagnosis 10 to 50 years after exposure or longer.

For this reason, courts around the country have changed the typical personal injury and wrongful death rules to extend the deadline for asbestos cases. It’s not too late to take action for yourself or for a loved one. Seeking help from the experienced personal injury lawyers at Murphy Law Firm, can be the easiest way to learn more about your legal rights and start the claims process across the country.

Mesothelioma Claims

There are several types of claims mesothelioma patients may consider depending on their individual circumstances.
Mesothelioma compensation can come from:

  • Workers’ compensation
  • Lawsuits
  • Asbestos bankruptcy trust funds
  • Veterans benefits

Our experienced mesothelioma lawyers at Murphy Law Firm can determine the best option for your case and work to gather all the evidence necessary for the claim.

Every year, thousands of people seek legal help for new or existing asbestos-related conditions. There are currently class actions and mass torts throughout the country that group plaintiffs with similar claims against the same companies together to expedite the process. With a personal injury attorney’s help, you may be able to join one of these actions or begin your own personal lawsuit against the company you worked for and/or other parties. There is a trust fund allocated for people suffering from asbestosis-related illnesses in the event that the negligent employer no longer exists or is bankrupt.

Peyton Murphy and his team of mesothelioma lawyers know how devastating a diagnosis like asbestosis can be. While treatments exists, it’s typically a condition that lasts for life. We also know that time is of the essence if the prognosis is terminal. We’ll help you fast-track your claim as much as possible so you can get the compensation you need as fast as possible. Learn more about your rights and options during a free consultation with our asbestosis attorneys or call (225) -928 -8800.


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