An asbestosis definition
For many people suffering from an industrial disease, an asbestosis definition may be helpful. Asbestosis is a serious lung condition which can affect people exposed to asbestos. When the material was used in the construction industry, anyone from shipbuilders to railways engineers were handling it on a daily basis and the discontinuation of its use has only cured half the problem for those who were exposed to a large extent. Here we look at some of the symptoms and the unfortunate legacy asbestos use has left for many.
What causes asbestosis?
The fibres of asbestos find their way into the atmosphere when the material is handled. After being used in the construction industry for many years, it is likely to be the older generation who suffer from asbestosis and find themselves suffering from a range of symptoms which can rarely be cured or controlled.
Shortness of breath
When abestos fibres are inhaled, medical issues such as shortness of breath, fatigue and heart problems can arise.
95% of people with asbestos-related diseases suffer from some sort of pleural thickening, where the amount of membrane that covers the lungs increases and causes discomfort, shortening of breath and significant strain on a person’s general health.
Asbestos poisoning can lead to mesothelioma, which is caused by the thickening of the pleural membrane mentioned above and the damage caused by breathing in asbestos. The pleural membrane also covers the heart and gut and many cancers caused by asbestos also affect these areas.
Compensation for asbestosis
Although the usage of asbestos was limited in the 1980s, there are still many people who suffer from symptoms who worked on construction and building sites around the country. There are various worker compensation schemes available for people who have been exposed to asbestos and it also may be possible to launch a civil claim regarding your exposure to the material. If the employer was in the wrong by knowingly exposing you to the substance, you could be covered by the Pneumoconiosis act 1979. If your are the dependant of someone who has died of an asbestos-related disease, you may also be covered. It’s a good idea to get professional advice before you begin any claims process.
When it comes to professional advice, Accident Advice Helpline are a law firm who may be able to help. We have years of experience working on your behalf on a no win no fee basis. Contact us today for guidance as to what we can do for you on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 29th July 2013
Author: Jan Newell