How do I make an injury claim in Seaton Carew if asbestos has caused an industrial illness or disease?
Builders, manufacturers and shipbuilders used asbestos extensively in the second half of the last century. It was cheap, flexible and practically indestructible, but was also extremely dangerous. By the end of the century, it had been totally banned in the UK.
Many years later, asbestos may be the cause of you making an injury claim in Seaton Carew
Asbestos is made up of millions of small, sharp fibres. As long as they stay together, they are safe. Unfortunately, the slightest movement and they turn to dust floating in the air. It is this dust that is dangerous and settles on the lining of the lungs, eventually resulting in an illness or disease.
Construction and factory workers were probably exposed more than anyone. Unfortunately, it was not only them; it would be in their clothes, so they took it home with them to their families, many of whom also contracted an illness that made them entitled to make an injury claim in Seaton Carew.
Asbestos can cause some very unpleasant illnesses
There are many industrial illnesses and diseases related to exposure to asbestos. Just a few of them are:
- Rounded atelectasis (folded lung);
- Diffuse pleural thickening;
- Benign asbestos pleural effusions;
- Asbestos-related lung cancer;
- Malignant mesothelioma; and
- Pleural plaques.
These illnesses can take many years to develop — sometimes up to 50. Because of this, the normal three-year rule for making a compensation claim is relaxed; instead of being three years from the date of exposure, it is three years from the date of diagnosis.
The peak will be in 2020
Each year, the number of asbestos-related illnesses reported is on the increase, not just in the UK but worldwide. As they can take so long to develop, and asbestos was not banned until towards the end of the last century, the number of cases is not expected to peak until 2020.
Making your personal injury compensation claim
It could well be that you do not feel well enough to make the first approach for your personal injury compensation claim. If this is the case, get one of your family members to contact us on your behalf — you should not lose out because you are feeling unwell and it is only fair that you are still compensated.
Accident Advice Helpline have over 15 years’ experience of handling personal injury compensation claims, and over that time we have helped many thousands of claimants to get the compensation awards they were entitled to. Among them, there have been numerous victims of industrial illnesses.
We have a compensation calculator on our website called the 30-second test, because that is all it takes to get a rough idea of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to. We also have a helpline that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 0800 689 0500. You can speak to our friendly advisors, who will help you all they can in the processes required to start your personal injury compensation claim.