There are some health hazards that are located only in some parts of the country – you will only be exposed to a beach health hazard if you are at the coast! However, there are other health hazards that could occur anywhere in the country and one of these is asbestos. The risk of asbestos related disease is talked about in the media from time to time especially if asbestos is located in a public building such as a school or there is a case of the disease with a high-profile personality. But asbestos disease can affect all people at all times.
If you suspect that you have acquired an asbestos related disease due to no fault of your own, then Accident Advice Helpline may be able to help you to take out an asbestos injury claim.
An asbestos injury claim may enable you to get some money (compensation) from the person or organisation that is at fault for your disease. Here are some more details about asbestos claims and how they work in practice.
Asbestos injury claims – the science
It is thought that asbestos causes around 4500 deaths a year in the UK alone. Asbestos can cause four possible diseases in the human body and they are all referred to as asbestos related diseases and could all feature in an asbestos injury claim. The four diseases are:
- Mesothelioma (this is always fatal)
- Lung cancer (often causes death)
- Asbestosis (not necessarily fatal but causes severe disability)
- Diffuse pleural thickening (not fatal)
Asbestos enters the human lung by being breathed in with air. Asbestos has been used everywhere in the UK and so we are all going to be exposed to it at some level but some people are more highly exposed or exposed for longer periods than others. The higher the total number of fibres that a person breathes in the higher the risk of them developing one of the asbestos related diseases. Many people were highly exposed at their place of work – they may have been working near a damaged asbestos product so that there was a high concentration of fibres in the air that they were breathing every working day. Asbestos related disease is not immediate – it makes you ill many years after exposure.
Looking for a lawyer in Blackheath to help with an asbestos injury claim?
Although Accident Advice Helpline do not have access to a local injury lawyer in Blackheath in they can still represent you and your claim. This is because they are a national firm that works across the whole of the UK. So if you need an injury lawyer in Blackheath in look no further than this expert service.
If you think that you may have grounds to start an asbestos injury claim then give Accident Advice Helpline a call straight away and discuss your case with the highly trained, professional advisers. They will be able to advise you on how to take the claim to the next stage. You may be able to make a claim against your employer (or your former employer) if they did not take steps to protect your health and safety whilst you were at work. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
Date Published: 9th February 2014
Author: Sharon Parry