About 5,000 workers a year die from previous exposure to asbestos, and it is now the largest cause of work related deaths in the UK.
It is amazing that the substance so widely used throughout the whole of the last century, because of its flexibility and the fact it is practically indestructible, was noted as being dangerous by the ancient Greeks and the Romans.
They noticed that it had an adverse effect on the slaves exposed to it and yet all these centuries later, many developed countries were still using it, particularly in construction and shipbuilding.
Victims that were exposed to it can claim compensation by making a personal injury claim in Maldon, but for many of them it is too late, as they did not survive its effects. Sometimes their families are able to make a claim but as the diseases it causes can take 40 years or more to manifest themselves, it can be difficult for a family to know how the victim was exposed and if it was the fault of who they were employed by at the time.
Making a personal injury claim in Maldon for mesothelioma
One of the more common results of asbestos exposure is a lung cancer called mesothelioma. This is nearly always asbestos related and although asbestos has been banned in the UK for several years now, new cases of it are reported every week. In fact, the number of reported cases has increased in recent years and it is not expected to peak until 2020.
A victim that is diagnosed with any industrial disease has three years from the date they are diagnosed to make their personal injury claim in Maldon, unfortunately, some of them do not live three years after being told they have the disease.
Finding the insurer of an ex-employer
If a victim was exposed to the asbestos 40 years ago for instance, there is a possibility that the company that employed them no longer exists. Then we have to try to find which insurance company provided their employer’s liability insurance at the time, which although it is difficult, is not impossible to do.
The government have introduced a scheme to help victims who this information cannot be traced for, but the amount it pays is only 80% of the amount a victim would receive if they are able to make a personal injury claim through the normal channels.
Let Accident Advice Helpline help with your personal injury claim in Maldon
At Accident Advice Helpline, our solicitors are experts in dealing in personal injury claims of all types and since we were established in June 2000 they have helped countless victims of industrial diseases get the compensation they were entitled to and rightly deserved.
If the victim or their family contact our expert claim advisors or freephone number 0800 180 4123, they will find they are friendly and sympathetic, and will chat to them in confidence about their situation, so that the victim, or their family, can decide if they want to proceed with a personal injury claim.