Asbestos lung diseases
Asbestos lung diseases are caused by exposure to asbestos fibres. Asbestos is a mineral that used to be widely used in many industries. It is composed of tiny fibres that can become airborne. When breathed in, these fibres can remain in your lungs for a long time. Over time, they can cause a range of problems, including:
• Pleural plaques (the thickening and hardening of the tissue around your lungs)
• Pleural effusion (the accumulation of excess fluid in the area between your lungs and your chest wall)
• Asbestosis (the development of scar tissue in your lungs)
• Lung cancer (the growth of cancers in your lungs)
• Mesothelioma (the growth of cancers in the lining of your lungs)
Who is at risk of asbestos-related diseases?
Until the 1970s, asbestos was used to line pipes, make brakes and strengthen cement. If you worked with asbestos during that time, you will be at risk of asbestos-related lung diseases. Your risk will be particularly high if you:
• Made, installed or removed products containing asbestos or worked near to people who performed these tasks.
• Lived with people who were exposed to asbestos through their job.
• Lived in an area where large deposits of asbestos were found in the soil.
It is important to understand that simply being in the presence of asbestos-made products will not have put you at risk of asbestos lung disease, so long as the asbestos was enclosed and hence, the fibres were prevented from escaping into the air you breathed in.
Due to the dangers of asbestos, the use of this mineral is now heavily restricted and strict rules are in place to protect against asbestos exposure.
Is there a cure for asbestos lung diseases?
Unfortunately, there is no cure for asbestos-related diseases. However, you may be able to access treatments designed to relieve symptoms and slow the progress of the disease.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, you should let your doctor know so that he or she can monitor you for the signs of asbestos lung diseases.
Can I receive compensation for an asbestos lung disease?
If you were exposed to asbestos fibres during your working life and believe this may have caused your lung problems, you may be eligible to claim 100% no win, no fee* compensation through Accident Advice Helpline. Call our Freephone helpline and speak to one of our specialist personal injury solicitors to find out how to make a claim.