What you need to know about asbestos
In the old days, asbestos was a common material used in the construction industry, especially if you worked in the industry between the 1950s and the late 1980s.
What they didn’t know then is that asbestos is extremely dangerous and can make you dreadfully ill. Many workers exposed to asbestos were made seriously ill by the exposure. They should have made personal injury claims using a personal injury lawyer in Purley.
Why was asbestos used so much?
Asbestos was used so much because it was cheap, flexible, a low heat conductor and practically indestructible. These factors made it a very light and versatile material to use. It was not until it had been in use for over 30 years that it was discovered how dangerous it was, and the use of it was banned totally in the UK in 1999. Even now, if any is found, specialist teams dressed in appropriate protective clothing are brought in to remove it.
How can asbestos makes you ill?
Asbestos makes you ill because of the dust that comes off it and floats in the air. It is this dust that is dangerous. It gets taken into the lungs and can lie there dormant for many years. Up to 40 years later, an illness or disease will show itself, at which point the victim might want to make a personal injury claim using a personal injury lawyer in Purley.
It was not just the workers who were made ill by the dust. It got in their clothes and they took it home to their families, many of whom also contracted the related diseases and successfully made personal injury compensation claims.
What conditions can asbestos cause?
There are many industrial illnesses and diseases related to exposure to asbestos, such as:
- Malignant mesothelioma;
- Pleural plaques;
- Diffuse pleural thickening;
- Benign asbestos pleural effusions;
- Rounded atelectasis (folded lung);
- Asbestosis; and
- Asbestos-related lung cancer.
These diseases can take up to 40 years to show themselves, therefore the three-year rule for claims is adjusted. For industrial illnesses and diseases, your claim has to be made within three years of the diagnosis of your illness, rather than the date of contraction.
A personal injury lawyer in Purley
Accident Advice Helpline has over 15 years of experience handling personal injury claims, and in that time we have helped numerous claimants with asbestos-related illnesses and diseases get the compensation awards to which they were entitled. If you have contracted one of these nasty diseases, you may not be well enough to make the personal injury claim yourself. No worries — get one of your friends or family to contact us on your behalf.
Call now on 0800 689 0500 from a landline, or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile. When you need a personal injury lawyer in Purley, we’re here for you. We work on a national basis.