The last thing you expect when you send your child to school is that they will be exposed to harmful substances such as asbestos, but with many older school buildings having asbestos in the walls or roof, student exposure to asbestos could occur if building works are being carried out and proper precautions are not taken. A site survey should always be carried out before the school commences any building work – if asbestos is present, it may be necessary for all or part of the school to be closed to pupils whilst work takes place. However, when schools cut corners (often to save money), surveys may not be carried out, this could put pupils at risk of exposure to asbestos if contractors are not aware of its presence.
Asbestos was used widely in commercial buildings until 1999, when it was banned. Whilst death from exposure to a small amount of asbestos isn’t that common (the effects of exposure are cumulative), exposure is responsible for over 5,000 deaths a year and can lead to mesothelioma (cancer of the lung lining), asbestos-related lung cancer, diffuse pleural thickening or asbestosis. It can take anywhere from 15 to 60 years for symptoms to develop, so whilst an individual seems fine now, these conditions could affect them in later life.
Claiming compensation for your child’s injuries
If your child has been exposed to asbestos, there is the risk they may develop mesothelioma or another asbestos-related condition in later life. Obviously this will affect their quality of life and lifespan, and whilst they are probably not showing any symptoms of exposure at the moment, they may in future, depending on how much asbestos was released into the environment by negligence contractors. You can make a claim for personal injury compensation on your child’s behalf, and it’s a good idea to do so as soon as possible after their accident.
Contact us today
Don’t wait around wondering whether you can make a claim for personal injury compensation – contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500. We have a team of professional personal injury lawyers and have years of experience in the industry, so you know we’ll work our hardest to get you the compensation you deserve – we’ve helped hundreds of satisfied customers across the UK. Find out right now how much compensation you could be entitled to for your child’s asbestos exposure by taking the 30-second test on our website, then pick up the phone and give us a call.
Date Published: February 19, 2015
Author: David Brown