Top Mistakes to Avoid When Filing for Workers’ Compensation with Asbestosis

Understanding Asbestosis and Its Impact on Workers

Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibers, which can lead to severe respiratory issues and other health complications. This disease typically affects workers in industries such as construction, shipbuilding, manufacturing, and other fields where asbestos was historically used. Given its long latency period, symptoms may not appear until decades after exposure, making the diagnosis and subsequent claims process particularly challenging.

Common Pitfalls in Filing for Workers’ Compensation with Asbestosis

Mistake #1: Failing to Document Exposure and Medical History

One of the most critical errors is the failure to comprehensively document asbestos exposure and related medical history. Precise records of employment history, job roles, and specific incidents of asbestos exposure are essential. Additionally, medical documentation, including physician diagnoses, treatment records, and test results, must be meticulously maintained to support the claim.

Mistake #2: Not Seeking Legal Advice Early in the Process

Attempting to navigate the workers’ compensation system without legal assistance can lead to missed opportunities and errors. Engaging a legal professional early ensures that the claim is filed correctly and that all necessary evidence is gathered promptly. Workers’ compensation lawyers can provide invaluable guidance on the nuances of workers’ compensation law and the specific requirements for asbestosis claims.

Mistake #3: Missing Deadlines for Filing Claims

Workers’ compensation claims are subject to strict filing deadlines, which vary by state. In New Jersey, for instance, workers typically have two years from the date of diagnosis to file a claim. Missing these deadlines can result in the forfeiture of the right to compensation. It’s crucial to be aware of and adhere to these timelines to ensure the claim is considered.

Mistake #4: Underestimating the Impact of Pre-existing Conditions

Pre-existing health conditions can complicate the workers’ compensation claims process. It’s essential to provide clear medical evidence that differentiates the asbestosis diagnosis from any pre-existing conditions. Proper medical documentation and testimony can help establish the direct link between asbestos exposure and the development of asbestosis.

Mistake #5: Accepting Initial Settlement Offers Without Proper Evaluation

Insurance companies may offer initial settlements that do not fully cover the extent of the worker’s medical expenses, lost wages, and long-term care needs. Accepting these offers without thorough evaluation and negotiation can result in inadequate compensation. It’s advisable to have an experienced attorney review any settlement offers to ensure they are fair and comprehensive.

How to Strengthen Your Workers’ Compensation Claim

The Importance of Thorough Medical Documentation

Comprehensive medical documentation is the cornerstone of a successful workers’ compensation claim. This includes detailed medical records, diagnostic tests, treatment plans, and expert medical opinions. These documents provide the necessary evidence to substantiate the claim and demonstrate the extent of the worker’s condition.

The Role of Legal Professionals in Navigating the Claims Process

Legal professionals specializing in workers’ compensation can navigate the complexities of the claims process, ensuring all procedural requirements are met. They can advocate on behalf of the worker, negotiate with insurance companies, and provide strategic advice to maximize the chances of a favorable outcome.

What to Expect When Working with the Law Offices of Craig A. Altman

Personalized Legal Strategies Tailored to Your Case

The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman offers personalized legal strategies tailored to the unique circumstances of each case. Our team understands the specific challenges faced by workers with asbestosis and develops customized approaches to address these challenges effectively.

Navigation Through the Complexities of Workers’ Compensation Laws

Navigating workers’ compensation laws can be daunting. Our firm has extensive experience in handling asbestosis cases, and we leverage this to guide clients through every step of the process, from initial filing to settlement negotiations and, if necessary, litigation.


If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestosis, it’s crucial to seek professional legal assistance promptly. The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman is committed to helping you secure the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation at (856) 327-8899. Let us help you navigate this challenging time with the compassion you need.

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