There are numerous long term effects of exposure to asbestos that you will need to know about if you have been exposed over the past few decades. Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease. Scar-like tissue forms in the lungs, and this scar tissue (fibrosis) reduces your lung function, making breathing more difficult. Your lungs may make a ‘crackling’ sound and x-rays will show small spots where the x-rays can’t see through the lungs.
The symptoms of fully developed asbestosis include shortness of breath, cough, chest pain, reduced lung function, finger clubbing, and a bluish hue to the skin. Generally, the development of asbestosis needs years of exposure to asbestos but of course this varies between individual sufferers. Average time from exposure to asbestos to the development of cancer can be 20 to 30 years. You also run the risk of developing disease if you have been a family member or had regular contact with someone who was exposed to asbestos as the fibres were carried home on clothing before the risks were well known.
Malignant mesothelioma is an aggressive, generally fatal cancer of the lung, abdomen or heart, with a latent period 30-40 years after exposure. Fibres can be inhaled or swallowed which is why they affect the lungs and abdomen.
Other long term effects of exposure to asbestos
- Pleural plaques
- Pleural plaques effusion
- Folded lung or rounded atelectasis
- Laryngeal effects
- Immune system effects
- Retroperitoneal fibrosis
Making your claim for compensation
If you have been exposed to asbestos in any capacity and for any reason and you have developed an illness or disease as a result of this you should get in touch with us to make a claim for compensation. Making a claim through Accident Advice Helpline is simple to do and stress-free. You’ll be glad to hear this at a potentially traumatic stage in your life.
All you need to do is call us and speak to one of our personal advisers. They’ll take all your personal details, as well as details of your illness and your medical treatment. What will be key will be a discussion about how you feel you were exposed to asbestos, when and where and why.
Your personal adviser will be happy to answer any questions you may have about making a claim for compensation. You’re under no obligation to proceed with making a claim at this stage, it’s entirely up to you.
If you would like to find out more, then call us today. You can reach us on 0800 689 0500 (this is free from your landline), or call us from a mobile on 0333 500 0993 (charges will apply). Let us help with your claim for asbestos-related diseases.
Category: Asbestos claims