ASBESTOSIS

Asbestosis Diagnosis

There are other conditions that are similar to asbestosis and to confirm a diagnosis, a doctor has to exclude these other conditions by looking at certain criteria.

Asbestosis diagnosis

There are other conditions that are similar to asbestosis and to make a diagnosis a doctor has to exclude these other conditions by looking at certain criteria.

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Asbestosis compensation

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Asbestosis Diagnosis In the Sufferer’s Lifetime

There are other conditions that are similar to asbestosis and to confirm a diagnosis, a doctor has to exclude these other conditions by looking at certain criteria.

These include:-

  • Discussing work history or other sources of exposure to asbestos
  • significance and/or duration of exposure to asbestos
  • Fibrosis visible on x-ray or CT scan
  • Spirometry – breathing test
  • Crackles heard by the doctor when listening to the patient’s chest through a stethoscope
  • Shortness of breath
  • Progression of symptoms over a period of time rather than a rapid deterioration

This is an area of medicine in which doctors opinions can differ so it is important that a chest consultant gives an opinion early on in the claim.

It is generally accepted that there is at least a 10 year period from the date of exposure to asbestos and the onset of symptoms. In some cases this period of time, (known as the latency period) can run into decades before a person starts to have symptoms and a diagnosis is confirmed.

In every asbestosis case we will request that an independent consultant expert confirms the diagnosis in order to provide an independent opinion in your case.

 

Asbestosis Diagnosis After Death

In some circumstances a diagnosis is only confirmed after the sufferer has passed away and consideration is given as to whether their death was asbestos related. In these circumstances, there may be a postmortem examination and coroner’s inquest. Lung tissue samples may be tested to determine that asbestos fibres are present and provide an estimated number of fibres in the lungs. To confirm a diagnosis of asbestosis the number of estimated asbestos fibres found within the lung samples has to reach a certain threshold. Please see our coroners page for further information.

This is a specialised area of work and there are only a handful of laboratories who are able to undertake this procedure in the UK. It is therefore important that family members take specialist legal advice at this early stage to guide them through the process.

“ Thank you to Steven [Evans] for his kindness, patience, efficiency and professionalism throughout this process.  I didn’t think my dad would cope well with the requirements but Steven’s calm nature and knowledge made a fairly grim situation much easier to bear.  We contacted other solicitors at the start of this process, and their hard-sell approach was dreadful – thank goodness for you and your team! ”

Miss H

Daughter of former GPO/BT employee

If you or a family member have recently been diagnosed with an asbestos related condition and want to know more about your right to claim and the process involved, click the button or call us on 0800 294 3065.