If you’ve acquired an illness through exposure to asbestos and you have a Central Bedfordshire accident at work compensation claim you want to raise, choosing Accident Advice Helpline as the compensation claim specialist you’d like to work with is a very positive decision.
Asbestos is the single largest cause of work-related fatalities
Occupational illness related to exposure to asbestos is the largest single cause of fatalities here in the UK, resulting in approximately 4,000 deaths per year. The four main diseases caused by asbestos are as follows:
- Mesothelioma (always fatal)
- Lung cancer (which has an extremely high mortality rate)
- Asbestosis (often fatal, but always debilitating)
- Diffuse pleural thickening (which is non-fatal)
We are all exposed to small levels or asbestos fibres the atmosphere
Here in the UK asbestos fibres are always present in the atmosphere so we are nearly all exposed to very low levels of asbestos. But the key element relating to acquiring an asbestos related illness is the total number of fibres that we inhale.
The increased risks of asbestos exposure on construction sites
Working on construction sites, where old asbestos-containing materials are often exposed, is one of the most significant work-related risks. It exposes the victim to levels of asbestos fibres that are several hundred times greater than those present in the environment, hence bringing about the risk of acquiring an asbestos related illness.
Asbestos related illnesses incubate over several years
Exposure to high levels of asbestos does not cause immediate illness. The incubation period for asbestos-related diseases can take several years. It is however extremely important to take appropriate precautions if you work in the construction industry, now to avoid illness in years to come.
Raising a Central Bedfordshire accident at work compensation claim for a work-related illness
If you’re the victim of a work related asbestos illness, and you need help with raising a Central Bedfordshire accident at work compensation claim, we here at Accident Advice Helpline are at your disposal. We can bring our knowledge and experience to bear on your behalf. For example, whereas the normal statute of limitations for personal injuries and work-related illnesses is three years, in certain instances (i.e. where a disease has a long incubation period), with the correct representation the statute of limitations window can be extended.
To find out the amount of compensation you are likely to receive you can take our 30-second test to allow the calculator to issue you with an estimate.
Our user friendly injury claim process
The industry-leading no-win, no-fee* service that we provide you with is very user friendly and comes highly recommended by the well known people’s consumer champion Dame Esther Rantzen. For more information about our services, you can call our helpline from a UK landline on 0800 689 0500, or if using a mobile, 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 28th August 2014