What you should know about asbestosis claims and our solicitors for St Paul’s
Asbestosis poisoning is one of the most common results of long exposure to asbestos. Thousands of people who were exposed to asbestos between 1945 and 1999 can claim compensation for the consequences of that exposure with the help of Accident Advice Helpline and our solicitors for St Paul’s.
Asbestos is a mineral that used to be extremely popular in all kinds of industries. Its unique properties made it suitable for many applications, but unfortunately it took the world 54 years to realise that it is dangerous and actually ban it. Asbestos is no longer used today, but the effects of its popularity in the past are still evident.
Asbestosis is a lung disease that unfortunately cannot be cured. It is caused by exposure to asbestos fibres which are often breathed in. These fibres then irritate the lungs and cause thickening and scarring of the tissues. This condition is also known as fibrosis and it often prevents the lungs from being able to function properly.
There are other dangerous asbestos related diseases, but unlike them, asbestosis usually only affects people who have been exposed to large amounts of asbestos for a very long time. In most cases the people who suffer from this disease are demolition workers and plumbers who were exposed to the mineral in question for many years. Asbestosis can in turn cause various respiratory problems and become the reason for developing lung cancer.
Symptoms and treatment
Shortness of breath is the most common symptom of asbestosis. Other symptoms may include feeling tightness in the chest, unexplained coughing and chest pain. It is recommended that you pay your GP a visit if you believe you were exposed to asbestos in the past and you experience any one of those symptoms. Keep in mind that asbestosis can take more than 30 years to develop.
Oxygen therapy is usually the preferred treatment for asbestosis and you might also be required to take medication in order to cope with the symptoms. It is important that you don’t cause further damage to your lungs so if you are a smoker, take steps to quit. The combination of asbestosis and smoking seriously increases the risk of lung cancer. You can also ask solicitors for St Paul’s for advice in case you need information on making a compensation claim.
Getting help from our solicitors for St Paul’s
Even though asbestosis is an incurable disease, you can still make it a little more tolerable by treating the symptoms. It is also your right to seek compensation if you were exposed to asbestos because of someone else.
If you call Accident Advice Helpline you will be quickly put in touch with solicitors for St Paul’s who have dealt with such cases before. Send ‘CLAIM365’ to 88010 in order to get us to call you or use your mobile phone to reach us on 0333 500 0993. You can also call 0800 689 0500 free if you use a land line number.