Asbestos is a deadly material that was once touted as being perfect for use in all kinds of ways. Alarmingly, one advert from decades ago showed asbestos fibres being used as fake snow! While this is no longer the case some people worked in buildings where asbestos was present and inhaled asbestos fibres as a result. The tragic thing is that the link between asbestos and cancer was not found until later. Now we are seeing cases where people have suffered from terminal asbestos exposure as a result of jobs they did years ago.
Accident Advice Helpline knows this only too well, because we have spoken with people who have been diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma. This is a serious and as yet incurable form of cancer that derives directly from asbestos exposure.
Can it be prevented?
It can, but the only way of doing so is to ensure no one inhales the fibres asbestos is made from. These fibres get lodged in the lungs and cannot be coughed up or removed. Over the space of several years – sometimes decades – cancer can present itself as a result.
Nowadays there are strict rules and regulations regarding health and safety to ensure that anyone dealing with or working near asbestos is properly protected. However, this was not the case in the past. As such anyone who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma as a consequence of terminal asbestos exposure has the potential to make a compensation claim.
Can compensation help?
It can help someone be more comfortable and remove any money worries they may have at the end of their life. It may also help those who are left behind. In some cases the widows of those who have died from mesothelioma through asbestos exposure have been awarded compensation for their loss. Evidence is gathered regarding the working environment someone worked in and this can be used to support a compensation claim.
Accident Advice Helpline has already handled several cases of this nature on behalf of those who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma relating to asbestos exposure. If you think we might be able to help you, make sure you contact us on our free 24/7 enquiry line today. Our number is 0800 689 0500 and this will put you through to an experienced member of staff to take you through you case. Make sure you get the answers you need now.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown