A warning from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has indicated that Oxfordshire should prepare for an increasing number of deaths related to asbestos exposure over the coming years. Asbestos compensation cases are also rising as people seek compensation for the exposure that occurred decades ago that now has them falling ill.
The rise in numbers is thought to be due to the prevalence of the substance used in many industrial buildings in the area during a period from the Fifties through to the Seventies. Among asbestos compensation cases that have already come to light are those relating to individuals who used to work at Harwell’s atomic plant and Didcot Power Station among others.
The delay of several decades since exposure is indicative of what we would expect from people who were exposed to asbestos back then. The substance can stay in the body in the airways for many years without causing any problems at all. However it will eventually cause health problems and leave some with a diagnosis of mesothelioma. At this point many people seek legal advice to determine whether they can get any compensation as a consequence of their condition.
How dangerous is asbestos?
Asbestos is extremely dangerous and harmful to health, but we have not always known this. In years gone by people worked in locations where asbestos was present and they did not have the proper equipment to prevent them from breathing in the substance. There is a cancer that is related to exposure to this substance, called mesothelioma, and deaths have been on the rise in recent years as a consequence of jobs done back in the Fifties, Sixties and Seventies. There is no cure and it can have a detrimental effect on a person’s life the whole time they suffer from it.
Do you think you may have a claim to make for asbestos exposure?
Asbestosis is a serious condition that tends to develop years after exposure takes place. Therefore it is imperative that you seek proper legal representation if you believe you have been affected in this way. Contact Accident Advice Helpline now to determine whether you can bring a no win, no fee* claim against your former employers for the damage that could have been caused to your health. Call the free 24/7 enquiry line today for more details of how you might be entitled to compensation.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown