Can I Get Long Term Disability Benefits after Asbestos Exposure?

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As many as 1.3 million people in the United States go to a workplace where they are exposed to significant amounts of asbestos every day. The link between asbestos and serious health problems like mesothelioma was established decades ago, but many employees remain at risk. If you believe you are or were one of those at-risk employees, please read on, then contact one of our experienced nation-wide LTD benefit lawyers to learn if you can get long term disability benefits after you were exposed to asbestos in your workplace.

Do you qualify for long term disability benefits if you were exposed to asbestos in the workplace?

Asbestos is naturally occurring in the environment, but even short-term exposure to significant levels of inhaled asbestos fibers on the job can lead to breathing problems, coughing and shortness of breath. Long-term exposure to this carcinogen can lead to the following serious health problems:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma, i.e. a form of cancer that invades the lining of the chest and abdomen
  • Asbestosis, i.e. lung inflammation and buildup that can cause coughing, difficulty breathing and permanent lung damage
  • Colorectal and gastrointestinal cancers
  • Abnormalities, such as thickening and calcification, in the lining of the chest cavity

What occupations are susceptible to asbestos exposure?

Exposure to asbestos is still quite common in some lines of work. The following are some of the occupations with the most frequent and sustained exposure:

  • Construction, renovation and demolition of commercial and residential buildings
  • Shipbuilding
  • Papermills
  • Mining
  • Heating and cooling equipment repair
  • Automotive repair, especially brake and clutch repair
  • Manufacture of products containing asbestos
  • Roofing
  • Janitorial jobs in buildings that contain deteriorating asbestos

How do you get long term disability benefits after you were exposed to asbestos?

In order to qualify for LTD benefits, you must demonstrate that not only were you exposed through no fault of your own while performing the duties of your occupation, but that you are now unable to perform the functions of your job or any other job due to the resulting symptoms. Oftentimes, the complications from inhaling asbestos do not manifest for up to twenty years after the underlying exposure. Whether or not you have held the same job for all that time, it will be an uphill battle, one which will require one of our seasoned long term disability insurance attorneys to discuss your options and begin crafting your strategy. Let us fight for you and your future. Please give us a call today.

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If you or someone you know is looking to receive long term disability benefits and needs the help of an experienced attorney, speak with our nationwide LTD attorneys today. Our firm has significant experience helping people just like you obtain or defend their long term disability benefits. Contact Walker & Hern for a free consultation.

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