Asbestos was once thought to be a practical and innovative building material. It did have good properties that made it worth using, but now we know it also has extreme health risks. Asbestos-related illnesses have led to early death for some people, and anyone who has worked with it or near it in the past may have the potential to develop an illness related to asbestos.
Asbestos illness compensation has already been paid out to many other people. Even though compensation cannot lengthen the life of someone who has already been affected by a disease such as mesothelioma, it can make a difference to the life they have left. It might also make a difference to those left behind.
What illnesses can be caused by asbestos exposure?
Mesothelioma is probably one of the most familiar illnesses to many people. Lung cancer might also potentially be caused by earlier exposure to asbestos fibres when they were breathed into the lungs. Asbestosis and pleural thickening can also result when someone was previously exposed to asbestos.
Many diseases related to asbestos take years, sometimes decades, to develop. This is why no one realised how dangerous asbestos was until it was too late for many. Some people are being diagnosed years after they came into contact with asbestos. As you can imagine, this can be a huge shock to them. It is also something that usually leaves them wondering whether they are in a position to claim any asbestos illness compensation.
Does this apply to you?
Being told you have an illness relating to asbestos is a major upset. While you may not be able to find a cure for your illness, it can still be managed in order to give you the best quality of life. You also have a right to speak with a professional injury compensation lawyer who can assess the likelihood of being able to claim an amount in compensation for your illness.
To find out whether you can do this, you should call Accident Advice Helpline. The number is 0800 689 0500 and you can call whenever it suits you as this is a free 24/7 enquiry line. When you get in touch you can discover whether there is an opportunity to claim compensation by going down the no win, no fee* route. We can provide you with all the advice you need.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead