As many of us our now aware exposure to asbestos can cause a number of debilitating, and sadly often fatal, diseases.
Making a compensation claim for asbestos related diseases
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease then you might be able to make a compensation claim in Wishaw.
Pleural plaques is a form of scarring that is present on the outer lining of the lungs. The development of pleural plaques is usually indicative of previous exposure to asbestos, and therefore sufferers are potentially able to make a compensation claim in Wishaw. Pleural plaques can cause health problems, including difficulty breathing, but rarely are they immediately life threatening. However, people diagnosed with plural plaques may go on to develop other asbestos related diseases.
Pleural thickening is a more advanced stage of pleural plaques, and covers wider areas of the lungs’ surfaces. This means that invariably the sufferer’s lungs cannot work properly, and will leave them feeling breathless.
Asbestosis, caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres causes the lungs to lose their elasticity, and therefore prevents them from functioning properly. People diagnosed with asbestosis are at a greater risk of developing lung cancer in later life.
May people assume that lung cancer is predominantly caused by smoking, and while this does have an effect, the inhalation and exposure to asbestos fibres can cause lung cancer as well.
Mesothelioma is a cancer which affects the lungs, but which can spread to the heart, abdomen and other internal organs. It is specifically caused by exposure to asbestos, and unfortunately there is no cure for this disease.
If you have been diagnosed with one of the diseases outlined above which are associated with asbestos exposure, then you might be able to make a compensation claim.
Are you eligible to make a compensation claim in Wishaw?
Generally speaking you are eligible to make a compensation claim in Wishaw if you have been injured as a result of someone else’s actions or negligence, and the accident happened within three years of the date of you making a claim.
However, in the case of asbestos related injuries and industrial diseases these time frames can be extended. This is purely because diseases such as mesothelioma often take a long time to develop, and in the cases of pleural thickening there are often very limited symptoms which may be misdiagnosed for years.
Therefore, in these specific cases, you are able to make a compensation claim in Wishaw within three years of the date that you were aware of your diagnosis of these diseases. Often it is impossible to detect the precise moment you were exposed, especially if you worked in an environment where exposure was an everyday occurrence and therefore happened over a significant period of time.
Speak to us today
To find out more and talk to someone who understands how you will be feeling after an asbestos related disease diagnosis you should contact Accident Advice Helpline today.
Take our 30-second test and find out how much your compensation claim might be worth. Or call us on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: 3rd October 2013
Author: David Brown