Compensation claim for asbestos exposure-related illnesses
Kingston upon Thames, often just referred to as Kingston, is located on the River Thames. The town was historically a market town where Saxon kings were crowned. Injury solicitors in Kingston upon Thames handle all types of personal injury claims. In the past few years we have seen an increase in claims due to exposure to asbestos.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a set of six naturally occurring silicate minerals. In the late 19th century it was commonly used by builders and manufacturers, as it had many desirable properties such as sound absorption, tensile strength, resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage. It was also cost-efficient.
Unfortunately, inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause serious illnesses and even death.
Common occupations that come into contact with asbestos
- Heating and ventilation engineers;
- Demolition workers;
- Carpenters and joiners;
- Roofing contractors;
- Painters and decorators;
- Construction workers;
- Fire and burglar alarm installers;
- Shop fitters;
- Gas fitters;
- Computer installers;
- General maintenance staff, e.g. caretakers;
- Telecommunications engineers;
- Building surveyors;
- Cable layers; and
Problems exposure to asbestos causes
- Pleural plaques;
- Lung cancer; and
Since the 1970s there have been strict guidelines concerning asbestos. On 6 April 2012 the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 came into force. This is to safeguard workers and highlight responsibility of employers.
Many of the illnesses that asbestos exposure cause are life threatening. Claiming compensation efficiently and quickly is vital. Injury solicitors in Kingston upon Thames will endeavour to settle your claim as quickly as possible. We understand that you are going through a very traumatic and distressing time. Compensation can improve your quality of life and also help your loved ones. It does not matter if exposure was during a previous employment — you may still qualify to claim compensation.
You have three years from being diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness in which to claim compensation. In the case of a loved one claiming compensation, you have three years from the date of their death. If you are unsure, speak to injury solicitors in Kingston upon Thames who will be more then happy to answer any questions or concerns.
Accident Advice Helpline are waiting for your call. Call us on 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile, to speak to one of our helpful advisors for more information and to get the process started. Lines are open all day, every day, and if we can’t answer your questions straight away then we’ll call you back. Our injury solicitors in Kingston upon Thames work on a 100% no win no fee arrangement.