Lung disease caused by asbestos exposure
Approximately twenty tradesmen die from asbestos related illnesses each week in the UK. Many workers believe they are not at risk because asbestos is banned in the UK. However, many older properties and buildings still contain asbestos and it is exposure to this potentially lethal substance that so often causes the same type of lung disease commonly associated with smokers.
Asbestos lung disease
Development of asbestos lung disease typically manifests after repeated exposure and often years after an individual has originally come into contact with the material. Workers are often not aware that they have come into contact with asbestos and as such, may not associate a diagnosis of lung disease with previous (or current) working environments.
Typical illness associated with asbestos exposure include:
• Pleural thickening
• Benign pleural effusions
• Interstitial lung disease (asbestosis)
• Lung cancer
Those who work/have worked in the following areas are deemed to be at increased risk from asbestos-related illnesses:
• Construction workers
• Railway workers
• Asbestos miners
• Navy veterans
If you have, or think you may have ever been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with lung disease, you may be eligible to receive compensation from your employer. You may also be eligible to claim Industrial Injuries-related benefits from the Department for Work and Pensions.
Staff at Accident Advice Helpline can answer any queries you may have in relation to claiming compensation for your condition. You can feel assured in the knowledge that friendly, empathetic and professional staff are only a phone call away and will be able to assist you in deciding whether you should claim Industrial Injuries compensation based upon diagnosis of your asbestos lung disease.
Trained specialists at Accident Advice Helpline are able to offer advice and assistance and, as our legal team work on a 100% no win, no fee basis, you can be assured that any claim will be handled sensitively, by professional people who really care.
To start your claim, simply contact Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Calling this number will instantly connect you with a professional and experienced advisor who will simply ask you a few questions before explaining the entire claims process to you.
Alternatively, you can use the free 30 second test on this site which will indicate whether you are eligible to claim compensation as a result of your asbestos lung disease.