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What is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by inhaling asbestos fibres. These fibres are retained within the lungs causing scarring. This scarring can lead to long term complications with respiratory functions. At this time, there is no known cure for asbestosis.


Asbestosis occurs after long-term exposure to asbestos, a fibre that has been used in the past in many building and construction materials. People who have worked with asbestos are most at risk of having asbestosis.

Asbestosis symptoms

Symptoms of asbestosis are usually noticeable after many decades from the time of exposure to asbestos. Since asbestosis is a lung disease, symptoms mostly appear around the respiratory system in the chest and throat.

Asbestosis symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Increased breathlessness during exercise
  • Chest pain
  • Clubbing of the fingertips
  • Coughing
  • Crackling sounds during breathing
  • Blood in sputum

Treatment for Asbestosis

Medication and breathing treatments are available to treat asbestosis; however there is currently no cure. Asbestosis treatments can relieve symptoms and provide pain relief to help those affect live longer lives after diagnosis. In some cases surgery may be recommended to treat asbestosis symptoms. Extreme cases of asbestosis can result in a lung transplant.

Asbestosis diagnosis

Diagnosis of asbestosis is difficult because the symptoms can take so long to appear. A visit to your local doctor is just the start of the diagnostic process. You may be recommended to a specialist such as an oncologist and be required to undergo X-rays and CT scans. If you have been exposed to asbestos and you’re attributing some of the symptoms above, make an appointment to see your doctor.

Asbestosis compensation lawyers

If you have already been diagnosed with asbestosis, you may be entitled to make a compensation claim. Compensation can help improve the quality of your life by making it easier to reach the medical support you need.

Shine Lawyers have expert asbestos compensation lawyers who are available for an obligation-free consultation. Our nation-wide Asbestos Register is available if you believe you have come into contact with asbestos, no matter how recently. Registration is free of charge and will assist in bringing a compensation claim if your condition worsens.

For more information on how to bring a legal claim for compensation, see our simple, step-by-step guide below.

Superannuation and Disability Insurance

If you are unable to work due to illness or injury you might be entitled to benefits through your superannuation or other insurance policies. We recommend speaking to one of our experts for a quick, obligation-free analysis of your situation to determine your rights and ability to make a claim..

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