Asbestos is a fibrous substance which has been banned from use due to its toxicity. However, it was abundantly used many years ago for its desirable properties as an insulation material and can still be found today in many old buildings. The inhalation of its fibres can lead to asbestos-related illnesses such as asbestosis, which are prolonged and life-changing. The most debilitating of the illnesses is mesothelioma, a type of rare cancer associated with the inhalation of asbestos and other silicates. Asbestos-related illnesses like mesothelioma do not manifest until years (sometimes decades) after prolonged exposure.
People who worked as plumbers, shipbuilders, construction workers and within laundries or factories may have been exposed to asbestos during the Industrial Revolution era. These workers were unaware of the substance’s toxicity, therefore they were often working with or around it without any form of protection. This is unlikely to happen in the modern era due to the legislation surrounding the substance, but many people are living with illnesses related to exposure which occurred decades ago. If you have developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related illness from work, you could be entitled to a cash payout.
Compensation for work-related illnesses
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer, but it is unfortunately not one which responds well to treatment. This means that you or a family member may need long-term care, which can cost money. If you are suffering from an illness due to asbestos exposure, you could be entitled to compensation for your suffering. This can be claimed by you if you are well enough to pursue it, or it can be claimed by a family member on your behalf. You may be seeking advice or representation, which our team at Accident Advice Helpline can provide.
What we do
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been in business for over 15 years helping several people to claim compensation for work-related illnesses. If you are suffering from mesothelioma from work exposure, you could be entitled to a cash payout which can help towards the cost of your care and helping your family financially. If you are in need of some no-obligation advice, just get in touch with our team on 0800 689 0500 today.
Date Published: May 11, 2015
Author: David Brown