Looking for advice on industrial illnesses in Solihull? If you are then you’ve reached the right place; especially if that advice relates to claiming compensation for asbestosis, the disease that is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres or asbestos dust.
Asbestos and the risks of exposure
Many workers get exposed to asbestos without even knowing it. Those most at risk are men and women who work in the building and construction industry; the worst hit being professions including builders, demolition workers, electricians, engineers and plasterers.
The use of asbestos as an insulation material in the construction industry was finally banned on the 24th August 1999. This was when the use of a type of asbestos known as Chrysotile was made illegal. Prior to that in 1985, other types of asbestos known as Amosite and Crocidolite had been banned.
What is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a lung disease that causes the internal tissues of the lungs to thicken due to the irritation caused by breathing asbestos dust and/or fibres in. It causes a thickening of the lungs’ internal tissues. This thickened tissue then forms scars. The scarring adversely affects the elasticity of the lungs, preventing them from functioning as they should.
The onset of Asbestosis is gradual and over a period of about 15 years’ or so, it worsens considerably. The symptoms include:
- Breathing difficulty
- Chest pain
- Persistent coughing
Once asbestosis has been acquired it cannot be reversed or cured. It also brings with it an increased risk of developing lung cancer. Due to the history of asbestos exposure, the total number of fatalities due to the disease is actually increasing. It is expected to peak around 2020.
Good advice on hiring a solicitor – find one experienced with claims for industrial illnesses in Solihull
Because of the incubation period of asbestosis, the usual 3 year statute of limitations can be extended if you follow our advice on hiring a solicitor for industrial illnesses in Solihull. Make sure they have as much experience and depth of knowledge with this sort of illness, as we do here at Accident Advice Helpline.
If you have developed asbestosis, whether it is work related or not, you are legally and morally entitled to claim financial compensation. Indeed, commissioning the no win no fee* services we offer here, at Accident Advice Helpline, will be significantly beneficial to that end.
You may wish to start off by getting an idea of how much compensation you can expect to be awarded. You can do this quickly and easily by taking the 30-second test here on our website.
Get your questions answered by Accident Advice Helpline
You may have many questions you need answering about the compensation claim process and you can get them answered by chatting to a member of our customer support team. You can use the national helpline service we provide for this purpose by calling 0800 689 0500 from any UK-based landline or 0333 500 993 from any UK-based mobile.
Its best not to delay, so why not call us today to start the ball rolling?