Making a claim for industrial illnesses in North Hertfordshire
If at some point in your life you have been exposed to asbestos, then unfortunately there is a good chance that you are likely to develop an asbestos related disease.
Everyone is different, and asbestos can affect different people in different ways. For some people a small amount of exposure can result in the development of a minor, or serious condition. For others prolonged contact on an almost daily basis can result in any number of diseases, some of which can prove fatal.
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease you may be entitled to make a claim for industrial illnesses in North Hertfordshire. And Accident Advice Helpline can help you.
You may already be aware that there are a number of different types of asbestos related disease that people can develop. For the most part those affected are workers who, during the course of various employments, have been exposed to this deadly substance.
When it comes to making a claim for compensation in North Hertfordshire it is important to establish which type of asbestos related disease you have developed. This is because different conditions require different treatment, and can have widely different prognoses and outcomes.
- Pleural plaques – these are effectively scarring on the lungs caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres.
- Pleural thickening – the inhalation of asbestos fibres cause minimal scarring and create a thickening of the pleural wall in the lungs. If the condition is relatively minor there may be no symptoms of the condition. In other cases it can lead to the development of pleural plaques.
- Lung cancer – there are a number of reasons why an individual may develop lung cancer, so it is important when making a claim for compensation in North Hertfordshire to establish whether your lung cancer is likely to have been caused by asbestos.
- Mesothelioma – this is a specific form of lung cancer which can only be caused by the asbestos fibres. Unfortunately, for the majority of people, it proves fatal.
Making a claim
Once you have received your diagnosis of an asbestos related disease it is important that you contact Accident Advice Helpline to initiate your claim for compensation for industrial illnesses in North Hertfordshire as quickly as possible. This is because you only have a maximum of three years from the date of diagnosis to start your claim.
We can arrange for one of our solicitors to speak to you directly and they will arrange for you to be independently assessed by a medical expert.
Simply call 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.
Date Published: 20th July 2014
Author: David Brown