The main diseases caused by asbestos inhalation are asbestosis (the scarring of lung tissue) lung cancer, mesothelioma (cancer of the lining of the chest and lungs) and pleural plaques disease.
Making an Asbestos Claim
Thousands of people die each year in the UK from asbestosis related diseases. Successful claims for compensation for asbestosis and mesothelioma conditions, suffered because of exposure to airborne asbestos fibres, include Claimants from a wide range of occupations.
What is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is frequently misused as a general term for any asbestos related disease or asbestos related illness. It is very important to establish from the outset which asbestos related illness has been diagnosed.
Exposure to asbestos fibres has been recognised as an occupational health hazard since the early 1900s. As well as those who have been exposed to asbestos at work, family members and others living with anyone employed in an asbestos contaminated workplace may have an increased risk of developing the fatal asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma. This risk arises from exposure to asbestos dust brought home on the clothing and hair of workers who have been exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos Compensation Claims
The first compensation claims against asbestos manufacturers were in 1929. Since then, many compensation claims have been made against asbestos manufacturers and employers for failing to implement safety measures as soon as the link between asbestos exposure and diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma became known.
Families of those who work with asbestos can be infected if asbestos particles are brought into the home on clothes. It can take up to 40 years for symptoms to show. To try to control these risks, the Government introduced the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations 2002, which significantly tightened the legislation relating to asbestos exposure and requires employers and others who have responsibilities for a workplace building to take reasonable steps to locate materials likely to contain asbestos and impose significant responsibilities for the management of asbestos related risks.
In 2006, further legislation was passed in the form of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006, which impose significant changes to the previous regime.
Frequently asked questions about asbestos claims
If you would to know the answers to any of the following, please contact us.
- How Long do I have to make a Claim?
- Who will pay my Compensation?
- Can I claim when my former employers have gone bankrupt or closed?
- Can I claim if i have left the UK
- Am I eligible for Benefits or Government Compensation?
- How much is my asbestos claim Worth?
- How long will my asbestos claim take?
- What are the time limits for making a claim?
- What if I develop a further asbestos related condition once I have claimed?
Making a claim for an asbestos related illness
If you would like to make a claim for compensation for an asbestos related illness (asbestosis, mesothelioma) then call us on 01626 333380.
To book an appointment call us on 01626 33 33 80 or complete our Request a Call Back form and we will call you back, at a time to suit you, free of charge.