We tend to associate Blackpool with holidays and fairground rides, and not so much with illness and personal injury claims. But the people of Blackpool are exposed to the same environmental hazards as the rest of us and are just as likely to have to start a personal injury compensation claim as the rest of us.
One of the more worrying environmental exposures in the UK is asbestos – you may have heard about it on the TV and radio. It has been widely used in the UK in construction and consumer products but this was before its health effects were recognised. We now know that when the asbestos-containing products become damaged, the asbestos fibres can become airborne and contaminate the air that we are breathing. If these fibres become lodged in the human lung in sufficient numbers then an asbestos-related disease can be caused.
If an employee is suffering from an asbestos related disease that could have been prevented by their employer then they may be able to start an asbestos disease compensation claim and a specialist law firm like Accident Advice Helpline can help with that. Here are some more details.
Mesothelioma is one of the diseases that are caused by asbestos exposure and unfortunately it is always fatal. It can feature in asbestos disease compensation claim if an employer did not take steps to protect an employee from exposure when they should have done so. Mesothelioma is considered to be the legacy of the widespread use of asbestos and asbestos-containing products over the last decades and deaths from mesothelioma are expected to rise for the next few years as people who were exposed when they were younger become ill. Men who worked in the building industry (where asbestos was widely used) are especially at risk and are likely to be enquiring about asbestos-related compensation claims.
Prior to the use of asbestos, mesothelioma was a rare disease that mainly affects the thin, delicate lining of the lungs. This is called the pleura. It can also affect the lining of the intestine (guts) and this is called the peritoneum. People can suffer from mesothelioma for some time and not even realise it as the symptoms can be mild or non-existent at first. By the time the disease is diagnosed the sufferer is often in the advanced stages – the majority of sufferers die within a year of being diagnosed. It is very likely that occupational exposure causes most cases – in fact it is estimated that 85% of cases can be attributed to exposure to asbestos at work.
Mesothelioma takes a considerable time to develop – it can take 30 or 40 years for the disease to start. This means that people exposed in the workplace in their 20’s and 30’s will be developing the disease in their 60’s and 70’s.
Looking for a lawyer in Blackpool?
Although Accident Advice Helpline do not have access to a local personal injury lawyer in Blackpool 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 a personal injury lawyer in Blackpool look no further than this expert service.
For expert legal advice about a possible claim call Accident Advice Helpline today on: 0800 689 0500 from a landline or: 0333 500 0993 from a mobile.