Asbestos in the workplace used to be commonplace. It was used in insulation and in several kinds of industrial process. In recent decades it has become apparent that exposure to asbestos can cause very serious health problems. There are now laws to control it, but because illness may be slow to develop in people who were exposed to it historically, new asbestos claims are still coming forward.
If you’ve been affected by contact with asbestos at work, even if it was a long time ago, you may still be able to bring a claim today. You can call our specially trained advisors who will be happy to discuss your case with you. Our lines are open at any time of the day or night. If you have difficulty speaking because of your health problem, you can email us or get in touch using our online claim form.
Problems caused by asbestos
Asbestos exposure can lead to a number of different health problems. The most serious of these is mesothelioma, a cancer of the membrane that lines the lungs. It usually develops around 30 to 40 years after exposure. Another serious illness is asbestosis, which can cause ongoing coughing and breathing difficulties. It normally develops some 10 to 15 years after exposure. Because of the slow onset of these problems, the usual rules about claim times have been relaxed when it comes to asbestos. You should, however, aim to contact us as soon as possible after symptoms become apparent or your doctor identifies an asbestos-related problem.
What we need to know to make asbestos claims
In order to process your claim, we need to know exactly what your health problems are and how they affect you. If you have clear symptoms but no firm diagnosis, we will put you in touch with a solicitor who can arrange a medical assessment. We also need to know when you worked with asbestos, where that was and who you worked for. If you had concerns about asbestos-related safety at the time and said so to your employer, it will be useful for us to know that.
It’s easier to bring a successful compensation claim for asbestos exposure if several people from the same workplace have been affected. If you know of current or former colleagues with the same health problems as you, it will be helpful if you can put us in touch with them.
What you can expect
As more and more people have made successful claims after suffering health problems due to workplace asbestos exposure, claiming for compensation has become easier. Insurers are now familiar with the problem and they know that the law is on the side of the employee.
We have a network of specialist solicitors who are expert at taking forward asbestos claims. We can put you in touch with somebody in your local area and they will work with you to find a way of processing the case that will put minimum strain on your health. A successful claim could provide you with the financial resources to make your life a lot easier and could make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve.
Date Published: August 17, 2013
Author: David Brown