In the 1960s and 1970s, asbestos was a material which was widely used in the building of schools, office blocks and other commercial buildings. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material which is still found today in many buildings, although it was banned for use in the UK in 1999. Asbestos was used to insulate and fire-proof buildings, usually as pipe or boiler insulation or in ceiling tiles. Inhaling the fibres, even in small quantities, could cause serious or fatal lung disease. However, provided asbestos is well maintained and not disturbed, for example by building work, it doesn’t pose an immediate health risk.
Because asbestos can be found in many older school buildings across the UK, it poses a concern that asbestos in schools may be putting the lives of teachers, pupils and other school workers and visitors at risk. Even inhaling small amounts of asbestos on a daily basis could lead to lung disease in later life, and symptoms usually take 20 years or more to present themselves.
If you believe that asbestos in schools is responsible for your lung disease or asbestos-related illness, there’s a good chance that you will be able to make a claim for personal injury compensation.
Getting what you deserve
Nobody deserves to be made ill by inhaling asbestos, and whilst this is an accident, somebody is still to blame – in this, case the council or whoever owns the school in question. If you have become ill after inhaling asbestos fibres, you could make a claim for personal injury compensation that could compensate you for your pain, suffering and loss of earnings. Those who are at risk of contracting or have already contracted mesothelioma or other fatal asbestos-related lung diseases could be offered a substantial settlement.
Get in touch today
It’s easy to get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline by calling our freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 today. Our team of expert personal injury lawyers are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice however you have been affected by asbestos in a school. We’re proud to be endorsed by our patron Esther Rantzen, who recommends us for our excellent customer service, and we have helped hundreds of people to claim the compensation that they deserve. We provide a 100% no win no fee service to all of our customers, which means that you don’t need to worry about expensive legal fees.
So, pick up the phone and call us – what have you got to lose?
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown