Asbestos is a toxic substance which was commonly used as insulating material many years ago. However, since its toxicity was discovered, the substance is no longer used and is disposed of if found in any old buildings. It was also used in shipbuilding which is why many shipyard workers now suffer from asbestos-related illnesses. Asbestosis commonly manifests years after exposure but is a lifelong illness. Symptoms of this include breathing difficulties and eventual respiratory failure. Mesothelioma is a type of lung cancer which is caused by breathing in the fibres of asbestos. As the fibres stay in the lungs once they are inhaled, the cancer can develop decades after exposure.
Many people may not be aware that they were ever exposed to the substance therefore the illness can come as quite a shock. Exposure is now tightly regulated and workers should be protected from the substance at all times. Personal protective equipment should be given to anyone working with or disposing of the substance and any buildings which are found to have asbestos in them should not be open for use. You may be able to claim compensation for exposure to asbestos, particularly if you have recently been diagnosed with asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Claiming personal injury compensation
As you have a right to safety in the workplace, it is your right to claim compensation for exposure to asbestos as it is highly likely you will suffer illness because of it. If you have been exposed and are at risk of illness, you can make contact with a representative who can take you through the process of making a claim. You can also make a claim for asbestos-related illness such as general breathing difficulties, asbestosis or asbestos-related cancer.
How you can obtain legal advice
Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with legal advice regarding your asbestos-related illness claim and can also provide you with high quality representation giving you a better chance of winning your case. If you wish to discuss your case or any concerns you may have about making a claim, our helpline is free to call 24/7 on 0800 689 0500. We understand that this is a concerning time for you and, if you choose us to represent you, we will provide you with a reliable and sympathetic service. You can also make contact with us via our website if you would prefer for us to get in touch with you regarding your case.
Category: Asbestos claims