If you have Developed an illness as a consequence of exposure to asbestos at work you might be able to claim on a NO WIN NO FEE basis. Please contact us on 0113 200 9787 for a no obligation discussion.
Asbestos related diseases are disorders either of the lung or pleura caused by the exposure to and inhalation of asbestos fibres.
Asbestos related diseases generally take decades to develop following exposure.
The amount of people diagnosed with Asbestos related illness is set to peak over the next 2 – 3 years.
What actually is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a term for a group of minerals made of microscopic fibres. Because of its fire proof qualities Asbestos was often used in buildings for insulation, flooring and also sprayed on walls and ceilings.
It is believed it was first used over 6000 years ago by the Egyptians. Many buildings that were constructed before 2000 may still have asbestos somewhere within the structure . As long as these asbestos materials are not disturbed they pose little risk.
Who is at risk from contracting Asbestos related disease ?
You are at more of a risk of developing Asbestos related disease if you worked in a job with high asbestos exposure. However, even with a small amount of Asbestos exposure disease can develop.
Asbestos related diseases can also occur as a result of non –occupational, environmental exposure. Asbestos was extensively used in many building materials and large amount of asbestos still remain in buildings. If the Asbestos is disturbed to allow fragments to be released into the air it can create a potential hazard.
Typical industries that were exposed to large amounts of Asbestos :
- Construction Worker
- Railway Workers
- Welding/Steel erecting
- Chemist / industrial scientist
If you have worked in any of these industries or any other industry where you have been exposed to noise you may be able to claim if you have developed asbestos. Please contact us on 0113 200 9787 for a no obligation discussion.
What Different types of diseases can you get from Asbestos exposure ?
There are 4 main diseases that are associated with Asbestos exposure
- Non malignant pleural diseases ( Pleural plaques / Pleural thickening)
-Latency period = Will generally develop 20 – 40 years after first exposure
Pleural plaques are a benign disease of the pleura . They are usually bilateral and are seen on x-rays when they have become calcified.
Pleural thickening is thickening of the pleural surfaces . This can be associated with breathlessness and can give rise to chest pains. Once formed it may remain static but can cause other disability over around 10 years in around 10 -25 % of cases .
- Asbestosis – a non – malignant scarring of the lung tissue
-Latency Period = Will generally develop 20 – 50 years after exposure
- Develops as a result of scar tissue in or around the alveoli of the lung. Symptoms can include shortness of breath and coughing and chest pain. Asbestosis is typically a progressive illness. It is a marker of significant asbestos exposure . Life expectancy may be reduced if symptoms increase.
- Asbestos related lung cancer
-Latency Period = Will generally develop 20 to 30 years after exposure
- Exposure to significant amounts of asbestos creates a risk of developing lung cancer. Cancers caused by asbestos are not distinguishable from those caused by smoking. The risk increases with dose or the length of time of exposure.
- Mesothelioma – a form of cancer mainly affecting the lining of the lungs
-Latency period = Will generally develop 20 to 70 years after exposure.
Mesothelioma is a malignant tumour of the pleura ( lining of the lung) but can also be found less commonly in the lining of the abdominal cavity or the lining around the heart .
Mesothelioma can be contracted from very light exposure to asbestos . However, the risk of developing mesothelioma increases in proportion with the quality of asbestos inhaled. Studies have suggested that the length of te asbestos fibres may be relevant to the carcinogenic qualities.
How Can I claim if my employer is no longer around ?
If your previous Employer is no longer around this does not mean that you are unable to claim. Our solicitors will undertake searches to identify which insurance company covered your Employer when you worked for them. It is these Insurance who will then step into the shoes of your Employer and make payment of the claim.
What if no insurers can be found ?
It does not necessary mean that you will not be able to recover compensation if no insurers can be found for your previous Employers.
The Government have a number of schemes to allow people who have Asbestos illness to seek a lump sum figure if no insurers can be found.
It is also possible to claim for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit if you are suffering with an Asbestos related illness. This would give you a weekly benefit for your injuries.
How do I start my Claim ?
Once you have contacted us one of our experienced Industrial Disease Solicitors will make arrangement to meet with you. We are happy to meet with you at your home or in hospital if this is easier for you. We will want to meet with you very soon after our initial contact to discuss your full Employment History and to prepare a witness statement to outline all the potential exposure you have suffered. Once this is done we will seek to find insurers against your past employers and make the appropriate claims as well as instructed Experts to prepare reports in your claim. We will always keep you updated with what is happening with your claim.
If you or someone in your family have been recently diagnosed with an Asbestos related illness and would like to discuss your option please feel free to contact our offices.
Here at ML solicitors we are experts in bringing industrial disease claims and have a proven track record in fighting to recover the correct amount of compensation for the injuries you have suffered.
To enquire about making your claim please fill out the enquiry form above or contact us on 0113 200 9787