Many people tend to think of asbestos as something that was used in the last century, but that it has gone away now so no one is in any danger from it. It is correct that these days there should be no more innocent victims of asbestos exposure, but there are still new cases of diseases relating to it reported every week, and some victims are making a Sefton ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim for exposure they suffered many years ago.
Why victims are making Sefton ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claims so many years on
The problem with asbestos is that it can lie in your lungs for many years before any illness it is causing shows itself, for some victims it can be 40-50 years later. But this does not diminish their right to make a Sefton ‘no win, no fee*’ accident claim for compensation.
Asbestos was widely used in the construction, shipbuilding and manufacturing industries, and although it was known for centuries that there were dangers attached to it, it was not banned in the UK, and many other countries, until 1999.
Prior to that workers in these industries were exposed to it on a daily basis, but it wasn’t just them suffering. Left on its own, asbestos is perfectly safe, but the slightest movement and it gives of millions of little fibres that settle in the lungs and cannot be removed. Unfortunately, they also settled in the clothing and hair of the workers, who took it straight home to their families.
Over the years, there have been many successful Sefton ‘no win, no fee*’ accidents claims from the wives and children of workers who have contracted one of the diseases asbestos causes.
Finding asbestos today
There is still a lot of asbestos about in the UK, in old buildings, in ships and in items manufactured in this era. Now if it is found anywhere, a specialist team of experts have to be called to remove it and they dispose of it in a correct and proper manner.
If you finding you are working or visiting somewhere that still has asbestos, you could be affected by exposure to it and should report it straight away.
Making a compensation claim many years after being exposed
Even if the company a victim worked for no longer exists, they are still entitled to compensation, as it is the insurer that settles the claim. Tracing who insured the company is difficult, but not impossible, and Accident Advice Helpline are here to help victims achieve this.
We have already helped many thousands of victims of industrial illnesses of every sort you can think of, and have the experience, expertise and knowledge that you need to help you.
If you are not well enough to get in touch yourself, get one of your family to contact us on your behalf. They can speak to friendly and helpful advisers, in confidence, on our freephone helpline number 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.