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How do you know if you have asbestos?

Pennsylvania workers who develop asbestosis, mesothelioma or some other asbestos-caused disease need to seek medical assistance as soon as they possibly can. The sooner you get treatment, the better chance you have of treating your disease and delaying its further onset.

However, in order to get treatment, you need to identify the signs of asbestos-caused symptoms. Here are a few things to keep in mind when trying to determine if you might have such a condition:

-- Asbestos-caused lung diseases could appear anywhere from 10 to 40 years following exposure to the substance.

-- Some people show little to no outward symptoms or signs of their disease conditions. For example, those with pleural effusion, might not show any symptoms aside from some pain on one side of their chests. Those with pleural plaque may not exhibit any signs. However, both of these issues will be shown in a chest x-ray.

-- Shortness of breath during physical exertion is the primary symptom of asbestosis. However, you might also experience dry coughing fits or tiredness. Crackling sounds may be audible with a stethoscope while breathing.

-- If cancer becomes apparent, coughs will worsen and the patient will have a harder time breathing. They may also have blood in their coughs.

Do you feel like you might be suffering from an asbestos-caused disease? Talking to a workers' compensation lawyer who handles asbestos claims is an excellent place to start. Your lawyer can guide on how to file a workers' compensation claim. If successful, you could secure financial support to pay for your medical bill and time unable to work.

Source: Damico Law Offices, "What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Asbestos-Related Lung Diseases?," accessed April 14, 2017

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