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Pulmonary Fibrosis Linked to Asbestos Exposure

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a lung disease that occurs when lung tissue becomes damaged, thickened and scarred, making it more difficult for the lungs to work properly. IDF is a degenerative disease and patients may get progressively more short of breath.

Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis an interstitial lung disease, which includes 200 diseases with similar symptoms with very specific causes. It is estimated that over 80,000 adults in the United States have IPF, with more than 30,000 new cases diagnosed each year.

When the specific cause of pulmonary fibrosis can’t be found, the condition is termed “idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.” However, many patients have an idea of where the condition originated, generally from asbestos exposure or workplace toxic exposures. Plaintiffs can contact a lawyer to investigate toxic tort lawsuits.

Although pulmonary fibrosis has not traditionally been known as an asbestos-related condition, studies have indicated that exposure to toxins like asbestos causes the disease in some cases. Inhaling and ingesting asbestos fibers at the workplace put many workers at a high risk for developing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), lung cancer and mesothelioma.

While pulmonary fibrosis is more common than mesothelioma, those who develop the respiratory disease are often unaware it can be caused by asbestos exposure.

Long-term and acute exposure to asbestos increases the risk of lung cancers and IPF. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos.

Joe Lyon is an experienced Toxic Tort Workplace Injury Attorney reviewing lung disease and asbestos lawsuits for plaintiffs nationwide.

Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis & Asbestos

Asbestos exposure can lead to mesothelioma, lung cancer, pulmonary fibrosis and a number of other respiratory illnesses. There is no safe level of exposure and a short duration of intense exposure can damage the lung beyond repair.

The damage to lungs cannot be repaired, but medication and therapy can help improve quality of life. Lung transplants and other medical procedures are options, and a pulmonary fibrosis lawyer can help recover compensation to pay for medical expenses, lost wages and long-term disability.

Long-term exposure to a number of toxins and pollutants can damage your lungs. The causes of IPF may be unknown, but experts have identified possible risk factors, including:


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Joseph Lyon has 17 years of experience representing individuals in complex litigation matters. He has represented individuals in every state against many of the largest companies in the world.

The Firm focuses on single-event civil cases and class actions involving corporate neglect & fraud, toxic exposure, product defects & recalls, medical malpractice, and invasion of privacy.


The Firm offers contingency fees, advancing all costs of the litigation, and accepting the full financial risk, allowing our clients full access to the legal system while reducing the financial stress while they focus on their healthcare and financial needs.

Pulmonary Fibrosis Symptoms

Symptoms of lung disease may vary considerably from person to person and case to case, depending on cause, severity and duration of toxic exposure. Signs and symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis can include:

  • Trouble breathing (dyspnea)
  • Persistent cough
  • Fatigue
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Aching muscles and joints

Patients may be placed on a mechanical ventilator, prescribed antibiotics, corticosteroid medications or other medications.

Asbestos Lawsuits

The toxic properties of asbestos exposure have been known for decades, but the health effects can be delayed for many years. Symptoms of pulmonary fibrosis vary depending on individual exposure. Experts in recent years have determined that exposure to asbestos causes the disease, and new studies suggest small amounts of toxic materials can cause harm.

Research presented at the European Respiratory Society’s International Congress in 2014 provided mortality data for IPF, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Those with IPF usually present with identical symptoms to those of Asbestosis.

Asbestosis is simply the name given to the lung disease developed by those with a known history of asbestos exposure. The symptoms and presentation of lung cancer, mesothelioma and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis can be the same.

Many cases of lung disease originate in workplace toxic exposure of asbestos or other toxins. Employers have a duty to protect workers’ health, and when employees develop a lung disease after performing their duties, companies may be held accountable. File a personal injury lawsuit and a rightful settlement is likely with an Asbestos Exposure Lawyer.

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Why are these cases important?

Many experience asbestos exposure through the workplace. Workplaces may have been filled with toxic materials, and employers may have failed to warn of the serious health risks of the job. Filing a suit helps to raise the awareness of job safety.


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Questions about Asbestos & Pulmonary Fibrosis

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was first utilized in the early 1900s for its insulating abilities, fireproof properties, and versatility. It has been estimated that over 30 million tons of asbestos was used in the American economy in industrial yards, homes, schools, shipyards, and other workplaces.

The natural breakdown of asbestos products and subsequent sawing or cutting of the asbestos creates dust and fibers that are inhaled and can lead to mesothelioma and other severe forms of lung cancer.

Why is Asbestos Toxic?

When asbestos breaks down over time or with use, the fibers of the material can become airborne, presenting a risk of inhaling or ingesting the toxin. Asbestos is a cancer-causing agent, and those heavily exposed can develop scarring in the lungs and later develop lung cancer and mesothelioma.

What Materials Contain Asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used in piping, insulation, electrical components, machine parts, packaging, flooring, ceiling tiles, roofing, and in many building materials.

Can I File a Mesothelioma Lawsuit?

If you were exposed to asbestos at your workplace, and have developed cancer or a related illness, you are likely to qualify for compensation.

Why Did Companies Use Asbestos?

Asbestos was cheap, durable, fire-resistant and light, and was thought to be the perfect insulating material before research showed it was extremely hazardous to the health.

Is it hard to win an asbestos case?

The success rates of settlements regarding asbestos exposure injury are quite high. It may be necessary to prove that occupational exposure is the primary cause of lung cancer or mesothelioma, though this is the job of The Lyon Firm, and we have experience in reaching large mesothelioma settlements.

Why Hire the Lyon Firm

Our Firm will help you find the answers. The Firm has the experience, resources and dedication to take on difficult and emotional cases and help our clients obtain the justice for the wrong they have suffered. 

 Experience:  Joe Lyon is an experienced Cincinnati Asbestos Lawyer. The Lyon Firm has 17 years of experience and success representing individuals and plaintiffs in all fifty states, and in a variety of complex civil litigation matters. Asbestos lawsuits can be complex and require industry experts to determine the root cause of an accident or injury. Mr. Lyon has worked with experts nationwide to assist individuals understand why an injury occurred and what can be done to improve their lives in the future. Some cases may go to a jury trial, though many others can be settled out of court.

Resources/Dedication: Mr. Lyon has worked with experts in the fields of accident reconstruction, biomechanics, epidemiology, metallurgy, pharmacology, toxicology, human factors, workplace safety, life care planning, economics, and virtually every medical discipline in successfully representing Plaintiffs across numerous areas of law. The Lyon Firm is dedicated to building the strongest cases possible for clients and their critical interests.

Results:  Mr. Lyon has obtained numerous seven and six figure results.

Your Right to Workplace Safety

Asbestos Statute of Limitations

Asbestos can be found in factories, warehouses, hospitals, schools, homes built before 1980, construction sites, and in many military installations. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are 75 different jobs that can expose workers to asbestos, with those jobs primarily involving construction and manufacturing. Thousands of American workers are still exposed to asbestos each year. 

Mesothelioma is a serious illness that has been linked to asbestos exposure in medical literature. It is estimated that there will be thousands of new cases due to the latency period of 20-50 years after being first exposed to asbestos.

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