When most people think about personal injuries, they think about broken bones, slips, trips, and falls and road traffic claims for things like whiplash. However, it is also possible to make personal injury claims in Mendip for diseases and illnesses providing that they were caused by someone else’s negligence. Here at Accident Advice Helpline, for example, we have helped many people claim the money they are entitled to after contracting asbestos related diseases.
Asbestos is a mineral which was very often used in the construction and manufacturing industries between the 1950’s and the 1980’s. Back then, it was believed to be an excellent material to use because it was durable and non-flammable.
However, it was eventually realised that asbestos is a harmful chemical and the use of various types of asbestos were eventually all banned by 1999, in the United Kingdom.
Asbestos Related Diseases
People who have been exposed to asbestos for a prolonged period of time can develop an asbestos related disease. Such diseases can take as long as 50 years to develop, although they have been known to rear their head after around 10 years.
Diseases which can be caused as the result of inhaling asbestos fibres include:
- Lung cancer
- Pleural plaques
Sadly, it is possible not only for people who have worked directly with asbestos, but also their families, to contract asbestos related diseases.
Asbestos claims in Mendip
If you have ever worked with asbestos, no matter how long ago it was, and you have developed an illness, which you can prove was caused by asbestos, and said exposure to asbestos was not your fault, then you could make a personal injury claim and obtain compensation for your suffering.
In most cases, this will mean that you were regularly exposed to asbestos, rather than it being a one-time exposure, although it is not impossible to contract asbestos after a one time exposure.
Can I claim at any time?
Unlike most other personal injury compensation claims, people who have develops asbestos related illnesses can make a claim may years after the event. In fact you have three years from the date of your diagnosis to make your claim. This is possible because it can take so long for the illnesses to present themselves.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
If you hire us to oversee your claim for asbestos compensation, it will not cost you anything upfront. We work on a no win no fee basis, which means you won’t have to pay our fees until if and when we win your case and you are awarded compensation.
To discuss asbestos claims in Mendip further, give Accident Advice Helpline a call free on 0800 689 0500 from any landline. You can also call us on 0333 500 0993 from mobile phones. Calls from mobiles will incur a charge.