Most of us recognise that asbestos is a very dangerous substance. It occurs in several forms, some of which are potentially far more dangerous than others. However, exposure to any form of asbestos can potentially result in an asbestos-related death for anyone who worked with that substance or near it for any period of time.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of several companies that have dealt with cases involving an asbestos-related death over the past few years. The illness that is associated with asbestos is mesothelioma, a form of cancer that is incurable. The disease may not develop until many years’ after exposure takes place, but it can lead to a shorter lifespan as a result.
How does exposure affect people?
It is by no means certain that everyone who comes into contact with asbestos will eventually fall ill with an associated illness. However, it is generally agreed that the longer a person is exposed to it the more likely it is they will contract an asbestos-related disease. Furthermore, it is also likely that the more intense the period of exposure is (i.e. the more asbestos a person is exposed to) the more likely they will become ill eventually.
Clearly this is a specialist area of concern and it is imperative that those affected should seek legal advice if they know they used to work in an area where exposure took place. Accident Advice Helpline often assists people with finding expert lawyers in this area, so that claims may take place.
Living with the consequences of exposure
It is sad to realise that exposure to asbestos that results in mesothelioma or asbestosis will permanently change that individual’s life. There are no cures for these diseases and the person’s life will be shortened as a result. They may receive treatments while they are managing the disease to try and prolong their life and to give them a greater quality of life, but this is as far as things go.
In any case, if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, or you have lost a loved one to an asbestos-related death, contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 now to learn more. Our professional advisors have experience in dealing with such claims previously, and they may be in a good position to provide the assistance you are seeking as well. Make that call right now.
Date Published: May 31, 2015
Author: Rob Steen