What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a disease of the lungs whereby breathing becomes difficult, coughing becomes more frequent and severe. In some more advanced cases, fingers become swollen. Asbestosis is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos and, although asbestos use is now regulated in the UK, symptoms of asbestosis often do not present themselves until years after initial exposure has occurred.
How many fatalities occur from asbestosis in the UK each year?
In comparison to some diseases, asbestosis is relatively rare in occurrence. However in 2009, 189 people in the UK died from the condition. In 2010, 1015 individuals who were diagnosed with asbestosis were able to make an asbestosis claim via Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit as a result of the condition. In the 1970’s, measures were put in place to lessen asbestos exposure, however, many new diagnoses are as a direct result of exposure prior to the 1970’s.
Treatments for asbestosis
Whilst there is currently no cure for those diagnosed with asbestosis, there are a number of measures individuals can take to ensure the condition does not worsen. These include:
• Stopping smoking. Asbestosis progresses more readily in those individuals who smoke compared with those who abstain from smoking. Similarly, those who have been diagnosed with asbestosis have an increased risk of contracting lung cancer, made even higher by smoking.
• Oxygen therapy. Many individuals suffering from asbestosis benefit from regular treatment by way of oxygen therapy. This helps improve quality of life by ensuring more oxygen is received into the body and can assist with breathing difficulties.
Making an asbestosis claim
If you have received a diagnosis of asbestosis, it is important to find out if you are eligible to make an asbestosis claim against your former (or current) employer or their insurer. This is because most cases of asbestosis are linked with working conditions and it is possible that you may be eligible to receive compensation.
To find out more, simply contact our friendly and professional staff at the Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0933 from a mobile phone. After establishing a few details, our experts will be able to assess whether you may be eligible to make an asbestosis claim and will guide you through the process step-by-step.
If you prefer, you can use the free 30-second test which will indicate whether you are eligible to make an asbestosis claim as a result of being diagnosed with the disease.