Everything you need to know about making an asbestos claim
The detrimental effects of asbestos were discovered in the 1970s, and subsequent steps were taken to avoid any further damage. However, shockingly asbestos is still the greatest cause of work-related deaths in this country. Around 4,500 people die from asbestos related diseases a year, and approximately 20 tradesmen a year die needlessly from exposure.
When asbestos fibres are inhaled, they can cause several serious diseases. Here are the top 4:
A cancer of the lining of the lungs, this disease is sadly always fatal. It is also almost solely caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.
– Lung cancer
While perhaps not as dangerous as mesothelioma, lung cancer is almost always fatal.
This disease is a scarring of the lungs. While not always fatal, this is extremely debilitating, greatly affecting the quality of life of its sufferers.
– Diffuse pleural thickening
A thickening of the membrane surrounding the lungs, diffuse pleural thickening is not fatal. However, it can restrict lung expansion, causing breathlessness.
If you have an asbestos related illness, it is likely that this is due to someone else’s negligence. Under the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, it is the duty of people responsible for maintenance of non-domestic premises, and of those responsible for workers dealing with asbestos, to provide information, instructions and training about dealing with asbestos. All involved have a legal duty to employ the suitable precautions, and if they have failed in this you can claim compensation for your asbestos related illness.
While it can take between 15 and 60 years for symptoms to develop, you have 3 years from the date of knowledge that your illness is caused by asbestos to start the process of making an asbestos claim. Or, should the worst happen, 3 years after death.
It is important to act quickly, however, and Accident Advice Helpline are on hand to deal with your asbestos claim effectively efficiently. You can call us 24/7 on our advice helpline, and there is no obligation to proceed once you have spoken to our friendly, professional advisors. Alternatively, you can go online and use our 30 second Compensation Calculator to find out if you are eligible to claim.
With 10 years of experience under our belt, we’re able to give you the specialist legal advice you require for an asbestos claim. Best of all, our legal advisors work on a strictly no win, no fee basis, so you won’t lose a penny if your claim is unsuccessful.
Date Published: 8th July 2013
Author: David Brown