Asbestos exposure compensation ruling
In the past, asbestos was a common building material used in many industrial and construction projects. However, it has since been discovered that over-exposure to asbestos can have severe health consequences later in life.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and are now suffering from a related condition, you may be entitled to make an asbestos exposure compensation claim. Accident Advice Helpline’s solicitors are experts in dealing with asbestos exposure compensation claims and operate a 100% no-win, no-fee policy. If you don’t win your case, you do not pay our legal fees. This also means that you do not have to pay us any money to start the work on your claim.
What is an asbestos-related disease and how is it caused?
Tiny airborne 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 the lungs, where they can lie for many years before causing cancers and other serious illnesses to develop.
The lungs try to clean away the fibres, which the body views as foreign bodies, with the lung’s own immune system. However, the fibres cannot be removed and the lung’s immune system remains active, until over time the lung’s own defence system causes cell damage. Eventually, fibrosis or malignancy can develop, leading to asbestos disease.
Who is affected and who can claim asbestos exposure compensation?
Those who 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 built between 1930 and the late-1970s. Working in buildings where asbestos has been disturbed, through maintenance or modification, carries a heightened risk of asbestos-related problems. It is also recognised that asbestos-related diseases may have been passed on to close family members and friends by those who worked with asbestos.
Shipbuilding and manufacturing are other industries where asbestos was commonly used, because it was a cheap material that is practically indestructible. However, its use was totally banned in the late 1990’s, and if it is found now, it has to be removed by specialists who have the correct protection.
With the help of Accident Advice Helpline, it is possible for families of those who have already sadly passed away from asbestos-related diseases to seek retrospective asbestos exposure compensation on their behalf. If you need to make a claim, call us today for on 0800 689 0500 from a landline or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 26th July 2013
Author: David Brown