Thanks to a great deal of publicity, many people now know that Asbestosis, Mesothelioma and other diseases are caused by prolonged contact with asbestos. As a result of these often fatal diseases, the use of asbestos in buildings and building materials is now banned. However, the effects are still being felt by thousands of UK residents because the use of asbestos was so prevalent many years ago.
As a result of the injuries and damage caused by asbestos, compensation claim Stevenage due to asbestos damage is increasingly popular.
Past Use of Asbestos
Asbestos was once used widely within the building trade as an element of concrete. The main reason for the heavy use of asbestos was that unlike traditional concrete which had a tendency to crack over time, adding asbestos to the concrete made it much less likely to crack and therefore likely to have a longer life. Such were its properties that asbestos was used as an insulator for pipes, fire resistant boards and sheeting for covering walls, interior surfaces such as lofts and corrugated sheets which might be used as roof surfaces.
Despite the fact that asbestos is no longer used, it’s heavy use in the past means that many of the original buildings which featured asbestos concrete still exist and as such asbestos is still causing problems.
Breathing in the dust from asbestos can cause long term scarring to the lungs which in turn can cause shortness of breath, excessive coughing and other severe symptoms. It can also lead to a type of lung cancer called Mesothelioma.
The results of breathing in asbestos dust can take many years to develop and some sufferers do not know they have been damaged until some 15 – 30 years after their initial contact. This can prove extremely problematic in proving negligence or fault for the purposes of compensation claim in Stevenage.
Making a Compensation Claim in Stevenage
If you or any member of your family has suffered as a result of being exposed to asbestos then you have the right to make a compensation claim in Stevenage.
Making a compensation claim in Stevenage involves proving the existence of asbestos in the building and unfortunately this can sometimes be easier said than done. Not only is it nearly impossible to spot asbestos simply by looking, in fact specific tests have to be carried out, but you will have to prove that your employer or former employer was negligent in allowing you to work in such an area.
With over 14 years’ experience in the field, Accident Advice Helpline can help you not only prove your case for the presence of asbestos but can also ensure that all evidence supporting your claim is properly presented.
We’re experts in all forms of personal injury and our skilled negotiation team can ensure that whatever injury you’ve suffered as a result of asbestos, you and your family will receive the compensation you deserve.
Finding out whether you can make a compensation claim in Stevenage couldn’t be easier. Our 30 second test will quickly tell you whether your claim is valid.
Date Published: 15th August 2013
Author: David Brown