There was a time when asbestos was something of a wonder material, used in a variety of building projects all over the country. Now, of course, we know better. We know the consequences of working with asbestos in the past can cause serious illness today – even decades later, for those who have worked with it without any protection at all.
The dangers of working with asbestos are only too clear to us now. Asbestos is made up of lots of tiny fibres – fibres that can very easily be breathed in if appropriate protection is not worn. The fibres then stay in the lungs for many years – often decades – before the person falls ill. While not all those who came into contact with asbestos will fall ill later in life, some have indeed done so.
What illnesses are related to asbestos exposure?
Mesothelioma is perhaps one of the best-known. This is a form of cancer that is directly associated with asbestos exposure. There is no cure and the lifespan of the affected individual is likely to be shortened. The idea is to manage the condition and hopefully give the person a better quality of life for as long as possible.
Asbestosis can also potentially occur. This too is related to the lungs, and it is indicated by fibrosis of the tissues. Someone with asbestosis may well have a much higher chance of developing mesothelioma as well.
What should you do if you have received a diagnosis like this?
While there is usually a three-year window in which you must make a personal injury claim, this does not apply in cases where someone has suffered the consequences of working with asbestos. This is because of the historical nature of the cases, whereby people do not generally develop symptoms of an asbestos-related disease until many years after the exposure occurs.
Accident Advice Helpline has handled many cases relating to asbestos exposure and illness for more than 15 years. We may be able to handle your case too, by passing it on to one of our experienced personal compensation lawyers. Find out for sure today by calling us on 0800 689 0500. We will handle your case on a no win, no fee basis, and keep you in the loop on what is going on at all times. Rely on the experts at a time when you need us most.