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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Why was asbestos introduced in the UK?


    Asbestos is one of the main causes of work-related illness in the UK. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos in your working environment or you’ve been involved in accidents at work, Accident Advice Helpline could help you to claim compensation.

    What is asbestos and why was it introduced in the UK?

    Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre, which was used extensively in the UK between the 1950’s and 1990’s; although it is not used now, it can be found in many buildings and if it is disturbed, it can have deadly consequences. Asbestos was used in many industries, such as plumbing, construction and shipbuilding and had a wide range of functions, including insulating and fire-proofing.

    What dangers does asbestos pose?

    Exposure to asbestos can increase the risk of respiratory illnesses, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer, which is commonly diagnosed in people who have had contact with asbestos; it usually develops in the pleural mesothelioma, which is found on the surface of the lungs, but it can also develop in the abdomen. More than 2,500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the UK each year, according to the latest statistics from Cancer Research UK; the disease is much more common in men than women. Most cases of pleural mesothelioma (around 90 per cent of cases in men) are linked to asbestos and the number of people diagnosed with the disease is increasing year on year, as more and more people who used to work with asbestos between the 1950’s and 1990’s are developing the disease.

    Who is at risk?

    People who have the following jobs may be at risk of asbestos exposure:

    • roofing
    • demolition
    • shipbuilding
    • plumbing
    • painting and decorating
    • plastering
    • maintenance
    • joining
    • carpentry

    Making a claim for work-related illness

    If you suffer from work-related illness, you’ve been involved in a work accident or you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of your working environment, you could have a case for work illness compensation. If the incident occurred within the last 3 years and you can prove that you were not to blame in any way for your work illness or injuries, call Accident Advice Helpline to seek no win, no fee* advice about personal injury claims. Accident Advice Helpline has experience in handling work illness and accident claims and our lawyers will take all the hassle away, leaving you to focus on getting better. Give our 24/7 helpline a call on 0800 689 0500.

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    Date Published: April 27, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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    No-Win No-Fee: *Subject to insurance costs. Fee payable if case not pursued at client's request.