Asbestosis & Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation is designed to provide you with income and medical treatment while you recover from a work-related injury or illness.  This compensation is available for injuries caused by work accidents, as well as occupational diseases, including asbestosis.

Asbestosis is defined by MayoClinic.com as “a breathing disorder caused by inhaling asbestos fibers.”  When there is a prolonged accumulation of these fibers, it can lead to scarring in the lungs and shortness of breath.  What is unique about asbestosis is that it can take years for the symptoms to surface.

Some of the symptoms of asbestosis include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty participating in physical activities
  • Coughing
  • Pain in the chest
  • Clubbing (finger deformity)

If you work in an industry where you may have been exposed to asbestos, such as construction, manufacturing, shipbuilding or plumbing, and start experiencing breathing problems, you should consult with a doctor.  Your physician will be able to look into the possibility of asbestosis.

According to Florida workers’ compensation law, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits for asbestosis.  The law states that there has to be “clear and convincing evidence establishing that exposure to the specific substance involved, at the levels to which the employee was exposed, can cause the injury or disease sustained by the employee.” 

The best thing to do after being diagnosed with asbestosis resulting from asbestos exposure at work, is to contact an experienced Daytona Beach workers compensation lawyer who can walk you through the process of obtaining workers comp benefits.  The process can be overwhelming, which is why it is a good idea to work with an attorney who is experienced in handling work injury cases.

For more information about what to do if you are suffering from asbestosis, contact Johnson & Gilbert, P.A. at (800) 556-8890.