Every employer has a firm duty to make sure the workplace they provide for their employees is perfectly safe for them to use. Thankfully this will be the case in most situations. However, it has come to light in recent years that some buildings have asbestos in them. This means there is a chance the people in that building could have been exposed to deadly asbestos fibres day in, day out for many years.
If you have worked somewhere asbestos was present, you might have an opportunity to get workplace asbestos compensation. For this to be warranted, you must have been diagnosed with an illness that is directly related to having been exposed to asbestos in the past.
What illnesses stem from exposure to asbestos fibres?
If you have already done some research on this material, you may already be aware of the risk of developing mesothelioma, a form of cancer that is directly associated with being in close proximity to asbestos. If your workplace contained asbestos, even before it was known to cause health problems, you could have a good chance of claiming workplace asbestos compensation.
Other illnesses include pleural thickening, asbestosis and lung cancer. As you can imagine, any of these diseases can cause a significant change to your life. In many cases the life expectancy of someone diagnosed with one of them can be significantly reduced. Compensation could make a big difference to the quality of time they have left.
Taking the right steps at the right time
It makes sense to get expert legal advice as soon as you are diagnosed if you suspect your illness stems from the time you worked in a particular location. A professional injury compensation lawyer with experience in dealing with asbestos-related claims could provide exactly the type of support and advice you need. It is difficult to come to terms with such a diagnosis, especially when you realise it is associated with a job you had years ago.
When you know you can call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500, at least you know you have a chance to make a no win, no fee* claim for compensation you may be entitled to. Get the answers you deserve now by speaking to speaking to an advisor, and we may be able to win compensation on your behalf.
Date Published: September 24, 2015
Author: Allison Whitehead