Asbestos disease is a catch-all term that encompasses a wide variety of conditions that can result from exposure to asbestos. It includes:
• Pleural plaques
• Pleural thickening
• Lung cancer
Some of these illnesses, such as lung cancer, can be fatal; others, such as pleural plaques, can cause considerable distress.
Should I be worried about asbestos?
As asbestos was widely used in the building industry until the 1980s, many buildings contain asbestos. However, so long as the asbestos has not been disturbed in any way, it will generally cause no risk to your health. If the asbestos is disturbed and its fibres become airborne, you may find yourself at risk of asbestos disease.
Who is most at risk of asbestos disease?
Those involved in asbestos production are most at risk of developing asbestos disease. Vehicle body builders, plumbers, gas fitters, electricians, carpenters, sheet metal workers and electrical engineers are also at risk.
How many people suffer from asbestos disease?
According to the HSE, asbestos is the UK’s greatest single cause of work-related deaths and diseases. In 2004, almost 2000 people died of mesothelioma and this figure is set to continue to rise over the coming years.
Am I entitled to make a claim for compensation?
If you have been diagnosed with a disease caused by asbestos, there is a chance that you will be able to make a personal injury compensation claim. You should make your claim within a maximum of three years of the date of your initial diagnosis. Unfortunately, you cannot currently claim compensation for pleural plaques in England and Wales.
How do I make a claim?
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, our solicitors have extensive experience of making compensation claims for diseases caused by exposure to asbestos. To discuss your claim with one of our claims advisers, call our Freephone helpline now on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. Alternatively, use our 30-second test to determine whether you qualify. If you are eligible to make a compensation claim, our advisers will explain the claims process to you in plain English before obtaining your permission to pass your case onto a personal injury solicitor. Our solicitors will work with you to assemble all the evidence required to support your case, granting you the best possible chance of receiving a large compensation settlement.