Injury lawyers in Staffin
Staffin is a district on the Island of Skye. A Mesolithic hunter-gatherer site dating to the 7th millennium BC at An Corran is one of the oldest archaeological sites in Scotland. These were all built long before the discovery of asbestos, so none of the workers would have been exposed and put at risk; not like the UK in the second half of the last century, when many workers in construction, shipbuilding and manufacturing were among many thousands exposed to its dangers.
Asbestos was not good for our health
Asbestos was cheap, flexible and practically indestructible, but it was also extremely dangerous. By the end of the last century, it had been totally banned in the UK. It was not only the workers who suffered — it got in their clothes and went home with them, meaning that many other family members were made ill as well.
Asbestos is still causing illnesses
Asbestos is made up of millions of small, sharp fibres, which as long as they stay together 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, which as much as 40 years later can result in an illness or disease. Some of these illnesses include:
- Rounded atelectasis (folded lung);
- Diffuse pleural thickening;
- Benign asbestos pleural effusions;
- Asbestos-related lung cancer;
- Malignant mesothelioma; and
- Pleural plaques.
Because of the length of time these diseases can take to develop, the three-year rule for personal injury claims is altered to say that the claim should be made within three years of the diagnosis of the illness, not within three years of the exposure to asbestos.
There is more to come
This is a worldwide problem; new cases are being reported every day. In Australia, one of the worst affected countries, they do not expect the reported cases to peak until 2020.
Making an asbestos-related claim
These illnesses can make you fell pretty rough. If you are not up to making a claim, you should get one of your family members to contact Accident Advice Helpline on your behalf. You and your family should not lose out on compensation because you are having a few off days.
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 get the compensation awards to which they were entitled. Among them, there have been numerous victims of asbestos related 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 180 4123. You can speak to our friendly advisors who will help you all they in in the processes required to start your personal injury compensation claim.