At Accident Advice Helpline, we don’t just deal with claims for road traffic accidents and slips, trips and falls. Yes, these are common, and we are very successful in securing settlements for clients.
But an accident lawyer in Southampton working for Accident Advice Helpline will also deal with claims for cases of industrial disease.
What is industrial disease?
An industrial disease is a condition that has developed as a result of someone’s working conditions, and this makes the circumstances surrounding such a case somewhat different from those that might be present in the case of, for example, a car crash.
It’s also different from an accident at work. You could have a slip and fall at work, but then, the same might happen if you’re in the local shopping precinct.
Yet, you would be extremely unlikely to develop mesothelioma unless you had worked in an industry in which you were exposed to asbestos frequently over a period of several years. Mesothelioma is an example of industrial disease.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer. It can affect the lungs, including the pleura (the membrane covering the lungs) – and it may also be found in the abdomen (this is peritoneal mesothelioma).
The cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure.
Are you affected?
Since asbestos has been banned for several years in the UK, you might wonder why anyone might get mesothelioma today – but it actually takes several years for it to develop. You might have worked in industry for several years, decades ago, and been exposed to asbestos – which puts you at risk of developing mesothelioma.
If you have been experiencing difficulty in breathing, unexplained weight loss, coughing, hoarseness, abdominal pain and/or several other symptoms, it could be that you have mesothelioma. The best thing to do is go and see your doctor straight away. They may refer you to a specialist, and if you have mesothelioma, you will get a diagnosis.
Claim through an accident lawyer in Southampton
If you are affected, you should get in touch with an accident lawyer in Southampton at Accident Advice Helpline as soon as possible.
Call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile, and you can talk to an adviser about making a claim. They will listen carefully to you and guide you through the steps involved.
Call us whenever you like, because our hotline is open 24/7. If you don’t get an answer when you call, don’t worry – just leave a message and we will call you back.
Alternatively, text “claim365” to 88010 and an adviser will be in touch.
A successful claim means a payout – and if you get paid compensation, it will really help you. Don’t delay.
Date Published: 27th November 2014
Author: David Brown