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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Lawyer in Symonds Yat West

    Personal Injury Solicitors in Symonds Yat West

    Asbestos-related conditions

    In the old days, if you worked on a building site or a construction site you probably would have been exposed to asbestos. But back then, nobody realised how dangerous and harmful to your health asbestos could be.

    Asbestos was dangerous for our health

    Back in the day, asbestos was considered to be okay to use as it was cheap, flexible and practically indestructible, but it was also extremely dangerous. By the end of the 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 many other family members were made ill as well.

    Asbestos is still causing illnesses to people in the UK today

    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. It settles on the lining of the lungs, as much as 40 years later resulting in an illness or disease. Some of these illnesses are very unpleasant, such as:

    • Diffuse pleural thickening;
    • Benign asbestos pleural effusions;
    • Asbestos-related lung cancer;
    • Malignant mesothelioma;
    • Pleural plaques;
    • Rounded atelectasis (folded lung); and
    • Asbestosis.

    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 with three years of the diagnosis of the illness, not within three years of the actual exposure to asbestos.

    That is not all

    This has developed in to 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.

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    Making a claim for asbestos-related conditions with Accident Advice Helpline

    These illnesses can make you fell pretty rough, so 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 in 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, as that is all it takes to get a rough idea of the amount of compensation you may be entitled to.

    We have a freephone helpline number on 0800 180 4123. You can speak to our friendly advisors who will help you all they can in the processes required to start your personal injury compensation claim.

    Date Published: 11th March 2014

    Author: David Brown

    Category: Location Posts

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