Asbestos is a dangerous substance which has been banned from use due to its ability to cause serious illness to those exposed. If the fibres are inhaled, they remain in the lungs for decades and can cause respiratory problems. These difficulties can progress to become asbestosis, a chronic inflammatory condition of the lungs. The illness may stay with the sufferer for years or it could progress into mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. The cancer can remain in the lungs or it may spread to other areas of the body. Although the cancer can be treated, prognosis is often poor therefore asbestos has been banned from use.
The substance was once a durable insulation material and was used in houses, ships, factories and buildings in the 1960s. However, it was discovered that inhaling the fibres could cause illness therefore the substance was removed from most buildings under controlled conditions. You may have worked in the mines many years ago or you may even have been a factory worker who is now suffering from asbestos-related illness. As the illnesses related to the substance do not become symptomatic until decades later, you may have to think about where you were potentially exposed. You could then make a compensation claim for exposure to asbestos at work.
Making compensation claims
Many men who worked in the shipyards during the 60s have now become ill from asbestos exposure. It often affects men more than women due to the conditions they worked in when asbestos was in use, but it has been known to affect women who worked in factories or women who were exposed via clothing or equipment worn by men. If you are now suffering from illness, it is possible to make a compensation claim for exposure to asbestos at work. If you wish to make a claim, Accident Advice Helpline can assist.
How we can help
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you if you have been exposed to asbestos and are now suffering from illness or mesothelioma. As we are a sympathetic law firm with many years of experience, we can help make your case go more smoothly. We understand this may be a stressful time or you may feel too ill to claim, but it is your right and you we be with you every step of the way. Call now on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown