Asbestos related injuries and your injury claim in Sittingbourne
Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease that is caused by prolonged exposure to the fibres of asbestos. Asbestos was a material that was commonly used in various sectors of industry as it was cheap, fire retardant, had good insulating properties and had high electrical resistance.
Industries that used asbestos
As it’s properties were highly valued, asbestos was used in many different sectors of industry, including:
- ship building
- building and construction
- electricity generation
There are three types of asbestos; blue, brown and white and they are all hazardous. However, the blue and brown asbestos is far more dangerous than the white.
Asbestosis – how it is caused
Unfortunately once the asbestos becomes damaged through demolition or renovation, the asbestos fibres become airborne where they can be inhaled into the lungs.
The fibres are sharp and penetrate the lung tissue which causes the lungs to produce an acid in an attempt to eliminate them from the lungs.
This acid causes scarring of the lungs and eventually over a long period of years, the lungs cease to function.
Asbestosis – a life sentence
Asbestosis is a chronic illness that is incurable once contracted and therefore is life limiting. Occurrences of asbestosis are relatively rare as it can take up to 40 years from exposure for the condition to be diagnosed.
There are other conditions, however, that are more common than asbestosis and even more dangerous as they are caused by even a small amount of exposure to asbestos fibres.
- Mesothelioma is caused by even a small amount exposure to asbestos. It is a cancer of the mesothelial cells which line the outer surface of the organs such as the liver, gut and heart.
- Cancer of the lung which is more likely to develop if the person already has contracted asbestosis.
Your injury claim in Sittingbourne
If you, or a loved one, has been diagnosed with Asbestosis or Mesothelioma as a result of a work related incident that wasn’t your fault, then you may be able to make a personal injury claim in Sittingbourne. Accident Advice Helpline have 13 years experience of processing personal injury claims for asbestos related injuries.
They are the leading provider of personal injury compensation claims and they can offer up to date and relevant no obligation advice and information about making an injury claim in Sittingbourne.
Just call: 0800 689 0500 from your land line and speak to a highly trained and sensitive adviser who can let you know if you are eligible to make a personal injury claim in Sittingbourne.
Accident Advice Helpline have a legal team who work on their behalf on a 100% no win no fee* basis, so you can be assured that your claim is in safe hands throughout the compensation process.
Date Published: 22nd September 2013
Author: Emma Matthews