Interstitial Lung Disease
Interstitial lung disease (I.L.D.) encompasses over 200 chronic lung disorders, including chronic asthma, chronic sinusitis, reactive airway disease syndrome, and pulmonary fibrosis. I.L.D. damages the tissue between the air sacs of the lungs through scarring caused by inflammation and prevents a person from being able to breathe fully. I.L.D. is a long-term condition, but generally it is non-malignant.
Lung tissue damage is permanent. I.D.L. can be slowed down with medication, but people will never regain full use of their lungs. Lung transplants are often a last recovery option for individuals with severe damage.
Research that has been accepted by the federal government links I.L.D. to exposure to pollutants, asbestos, and silica dust inhaled into the lungs. Symptoms that may be experienced are shortness of breath, dry cough, and difficulty breathing. Like other 9/11 related illnesses, this one gradually progresses, and it is advised that victims are examined if they experience early signs.
Slater Slater Schulman LLP is dedicated to the representation of individuals who have been injured or have loved ones who have been injured by exposure from the toxic debris of 9/11. Our firm is handling litigation related to these claims nationwide.
If you or someone you love was diagnosed with a 9/11-related interstitial lung disease, please contact Slater Slater Schulman LLP for a free consultation by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office at (800) 251-6990.