There are countless environmental hazards that workers around the UK are exposed to everyday but one that has been featured in the media lately is asbestos. There are often articles in magazines and newspapers and about and features on the radio and TV. It is now widely recognised that damaged asbestos products (such as insulation) can release asbestos fibres into the environment and those fibres can be breathed in by humans. Once they are inside the lungs they can cause mesotheliomas, lung cancer, non-malignant pleural disease and asbestosis.
Any one of these disease could feature in an asbestos-related compensation claim and can be handled by the leading personal injury law firm Accident Advice Helpline.
Some asbestos exposure can occur in work – in fact it is thought that many exposures amongst men occurred whilst they were working in the construction industry. Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of employees when they are at work and so some asbestos compensation claims may be started against employers or former employers.
When the asbestos fibres are breathed in they become lodged in the delicate lung tissue and remain there for many years. They can cause scarring and inflammation of the lung tissue and this is called lung fibrosis. There is no cure for this as the fibres cannot be removed and so the sufferer gets chronic (long term) lung symptoms which can include:
- Shortness of breath
- Persistent cough
- Laboured and rapid breathing
- Chest pain
The person’s ability to participate in normal daily activities (including going to work) is often severely affected and there can be serious complications which may even be life threatening.
The people who are developing this disease now are likely to have suffered heavy exposure to asbestos in the past.
If you suspect that you may be suffering from asbestosis then the first step is to seek some medical attention and get your condition diagnosed. Your doctors will be able to prescribe the best treatment for your particular condition and suggest some life-style changes which may help you to cope with the unpleasant symptoms.
Legal advice can be supplied by Accident Advice Helpline – they will be able to discuss your particular circumstances and establish if you have grounds to start an asbestos injury compensation claim. This is a legal process where you claim compensation (money) from the person or organisation that is at fault for your disease.
It can take some time for this to be established but Accident Advice Helpline personal injury lawyers will give you all the legal help and support that you need. This is available on a no win no fee basis – that avoids the expensive up-front legal coats.
Looking for a lawyer in Blackwaterfoot?
Although Accident Advice Helpline do not have access to a local personal injury lawyer in Blackwaterfoot 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 Blackwaterfoot lawyer in look no further than this expert service.
So 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.