Asbestos is a naturally-occurring material that has been popular in the construction, manufacturing and shipbuilding industries since the 1950s. It insulates, protects against corrosion and has excellent fire protection properties. While its uses are many and varied, its dangers far outweigh its benefits. Asbestos can cause four serious diseases, which will not affect you immediately but can be fatal when they do develop. They include:
- Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma is a cancer that grows in the lining of your lungs and lower digestive tract. It is almost always related to asbestos exposure.
- Asbestos-related lung cancer – Asbestos-related lung cancer develops in the cells that line the air passages in your lungs. It presents itself in the same way as lung cancer caused by smoking.
- Asbestosis – Asbestosis is a serious scarring of your lungs. It normally develops following years of exposure to asbestos. The condition can cause you to feel short of breath.
Pleural thickening – Pleural thickening is the thickening and welling of the lining of your lungs. Like asbestosis, it normally develops after heavy asbestos exposure. The condition can cause you to experience shortness of breath and chest pain.
Filing a claim for asbestos-related diseases
The costs of living with an asbestos-related disease can be overwhelming. However, as asbestos-related disease is usually caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to claim compensation to regain these costs.
An asbestos lawyer will focus on helping you to consider your legal options and file a compensation claim against the business responsible for your asbestos-related disease. If more than one company is responsible, your asbestos lawyer will work to identify all of the companies at fault.
Obtaining compensation with the help of an asbestos lawyer
An asbestos lawyer at Accident Advice Helpline will seek compensation for expenses related to the illness caused by your asbestos exposure, including:
• Lost wages
• Medical bills
• Travel expenses
• Pain and suffering
• Emotional support
At Accident Advice Helpline, we understand that you may be too tired to pursue compensation. That is why we endeavour to handle every aspect of your case. Our asbestos claim advisers can provide legal advice on whether you are eligible to file a lawsuit and can pass your case onto a qualified in-house asbestos lawyer, who will use their knowledge and skills to fight for your legal rights and obtain the maximum possible level of compensation on your behalf.
To determine whether you qualify, call our helpline on 0800 689 0500 if you are using a landline, or on 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone, or take our 30-second test today.
Date Published: 28th July 2013
Author: David Brown