In the past, asbestos was a common building material, used in many industrial and construction projects. However, in recent years its harmful effects on health have come to light. If you were exposed to asbestos through the course of your work and are now suffering from any asbestos-related conditions, then you may be entitled to make an asbestos compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline’s solicitors are experts in dealing with asbestos disease compensation claims and operate a 100% no win, no fee* policy. If you don’t win your case, you pay nothing.
What is an asbestos-related disease and how is it caused?
Asbestos-related diseases affect the lung and pleura, normally caused by long-term inhalation of tiny airborne asbestos fibres.
Airborne, microscopic asbestos fibres enter respiratory tracts through the nose and mouth. The natural filtering ability of the nasal passage and throat filter out some of the fibres, but some are too fine to filter and can enter into the alveoli and into the lungs – where they can lay for many years before causing any health implications. The lungs have a form of defence against the fibres, which the body views as foreign bodies, and the lung’s immune system is activated – and remains active. This, over time, causes cell damage and inflammation. Eventually, fibrosis or malignancy can develop, leading to asbestos disease.
Who is affected and who can claim asbestos compensation?
Those who have worked in the building trades are considered to be at the highest risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease. Asbestos features in many older buildings and working for long periods of time in buildings where there is a risk that asbestos has been disturbed, through maintenance or modification, can carry an increased risk of asbestos disease. Indeed, it is widely recognised that asbestos-related diseases may have been passed on to family members and friends by those who worked with asbestos.
Following the recent Supreme Court ruling, insurers who offered policies to employers within affected trades have been ordered to pay asbestos compensation to thousands affected by asbestos exposure.
With the help of Accident Advice Helpline, it is also possible for the families of those who have sadly passed away from asbestos-related diseases to seek asbestos compensation.
The total asbestos compensation ‘fund’ is expected to reach £6 billion.
Date Published: 26th July 2013
Author: David Brown
Category: Asbestos claims