Asbestos was used extensively in the construction industry, shipbuilding and manufacturing in the latter half of the last century because it was cheap, versatile and practically indestructible. It had been in use for some years before it was realised how dangerous it is and it was not banned in the UK until 1999. The problem was that in those intervening years, many workers had been affected by the awful illnesses it causes, and some of them are still feeling its effects today.
New cases of asbestos-related diseases are still reported every week, and although the exposure took place years ago, the victims are still able to make personal injury claims in Troedythiw. This is because with industrial illnesses, the victims have three years from the date of their diagnosis to start their personal injury claims in Troedythiw.
Making personal injury claims in Troedythiw for asbestos exposure
If asbestos is untouched and not moved it will not cause a problem. However, the slightest movement, or something like putting a screw into it, creates asbestos dust. This is a very fine dust that settles on the lungs and cannot be removed. It also settles in the hair and on the clothes of workers, so they very often took this dangerous substance home to their families as well.
It is not unusual for the wife or children of someone who worked with asbestos to become ill with one of the asbestos-related diseases, and then they can make a personal injury claim in Troedythiw as well.
People still need to be aware
There are many old buildings and ships that have asbestos in them from this era. There are also things like ironing boards that had it in the iron rest, and no doubt there are still a few of them in people’s homes. These days if it is found anywhere it has to be removed by specialist teams who will dispose of it safely.
The illnesses asbestos can cause
Asbestos can sit in the lungs for many years before the victim realises it is there and it is said that anywhere between 20 and 40 years, after the exposure to asbestos, is the sort of time it takes for the disease to show itself. There are numerous asbestos-related diseases, the most common ones are:
- Diffuse pleural thickening
- Benign asbestos pleural effusions
- Rounded atelectasis (Folded lung)
- Malignant mesothelioma
- Asbestos-related lung cancer
If you, or a family member, have contracted any of these diseases you should contact Accident Advice Helpline to discuss claiming compensation.
Accident Advice Helpline
The stress of dealing with a personal injury compensation claim is probably the last thing someone who is feeling ill needs. We will take all the stress away, and deal with the claim simply and efficiently to make sure the victim has as little hassle as possible, while ensuring they receive as much compensation as possible.
On our website, there is a 30-second test. This will give you some guidance about the amount of compensation you can expect to be awarded.
You can call our freephone number, 0800 689 0500, and speak to one of our friendly advisors. They will discuss you injury or illness with you, in confidence, and if you decide you wish to proceed, will start the processes of your claim.