Pleural Effusion Disability Insurance Attorneys
Our Long-Term Disability Lawyers Can Get You the Benefits You Deserve
Sometimes called “water on the lungs,” pleural effusion is an oft-debilitating medical condition that can make it difficult to breathe. Pleural effusion occurs when excess fluid builds up between the pleura, or the thin membranes that line the lungs and chest cavity. Pleura lubricate and facilitate breathing, and some fluid is normal, but excess fluid can cause chest pain, coughing, and breathing problems.
If you are unable to breathe normally, you may also have difficulty maintaining gainful employment. When your pleural effusion takes away your ability to work, you may be entitled to short-term disability benefits, long-term disability insurance coverage, or both.
Whether you are covered by your employer or a private provider, our team at Dabdoub Law Firm can help you get the disability benefits you need. We have more than 20 years of experience managing disability insurance claims nationwide.
Call us at (800) 969-0488 to get started.
When Is Pleural Effusion Serious?
Pleural effusion is fairly common, and nearly 100,000,000 cases are diagnosed each year in the United States. Some people are diagnosed with pleural effusion while getting a chest x-ray for an unrelated reason. These individuals may not experience symptoms. Other people, however, develop pleural effusion in conjunction with a virus, pneumonia, or heart failure.
The most common causes of pleural effusion include:
- Heart failure and open-heart surgery
- Pulmonary embolism
- Cirrhosis (scarring of the liver)
- Kidney disease
- Inflammatory diseases
Pleural effusion can also be caused by asbestos exposure and abdominal trauma. When this condition is linked to another health concern, it is usually more serious.
Is Pleural Effusion Curable?
Treatment and management of pleural effusion depend on its severity and any co-occurring infections. In one study, 15% of those hospitalized with pleural effusion died within 30 days. Still, doctors may be able to treat your pleural effusion by draining the fluid from your chest cavity. While this is an effective strategy, you may need this treatment regularly if fluid continues to build up.
Obviously, this can make it hard to hold down a full-time job. Other treatment options, like surgery, require extensive recovery time, and malignant pleural effusion (the kind related to cancer) may be more difficult to eliminate.
Help from a Lawyer with Expertise in Disability Insurance
Disability insurance law is complex. Hiring an experienced disability attorney is important. Because all disability lawyers at our law firm focus on disability insurance claims, we have expertise in disability insurance law.
That means we have:
- Experience with every major disability insurance company
- A proven track record of success in major disability lawsuits
- Recovered millions of dollars in disability benefits for clients
Additionally, we never charge upfront fees and there are no costs unless our clients get paid.
Our firm can help at any stage of your disability insurance claim, including:
- Submitting a disability insurance claim,
- Appealing a long-term disability denial,
- Negotiating a lump-sum settlement, and
- Filing a lawsuit against your disability insurance company.
Because federal law applies to most disability insurance claims, our lawyers are able to represent clients across the country.
Call us at (800) 969-0488 or contact us online to speak with an experienced disability attorney. Consultations are free.