If you’ve been diagnosed with asbestos related disease, we can help you take the first steps in making a claim
Although it often takes a long time after exposure for the symptoms of asbestosis to appear, we know the impact can be very severe and often gets worse over time.
Asbestosis can make it difficult to carry on with your everyday life. For example, you may have had to give up your favourite sports or hobbies or take time off work. You may even be living with a constant shortness of breath and pain.
Most of all, we know how unfair it can feel to suffer from an incurable disease when you were never aware of the risks of asbestos when you were exposed to it.
Whether you’re coming to terms with your condition or have been dealing with asbestosis for some time, we can help you.
Our legally trained advisers are here to help you understand if you can make an asbestos claim for your symptoms. And, if you can, our specialist solicitors will consider the full impact of your condition.
For free and impartial advice about your compensation claim, you can contact us on 0800 376 0150. We never charge you for your call and we’ll never rush or pressure you into starting a claim if you’re not ready. Quite simply, our aim is to help you understand whether you have a claim.
What is asbestos and why you may be entitled to compensation?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was used in many industries, such as construction and manufacturing, between the 1930s and 1970s.
Today, there are strict rules in place to regulate the use of asbestos, as it has been found to cause permanent damage and illness because of the dangerous fibres which are contained in the dust.
Because asbestos is a very strong material and is also heat resistant, it was commonly used for things like floor tiles, ceiling materials and roofing, which means many manual labourers and skilled professionals were unknowingly exposed to it.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a lung condition which is caused by exposure to asbestos.
When undisturbed, asbestos is relatively safe. But if it is disturbed, the dust created contains dangerous fibres which can easily be inhaled and which stick to the lungs, causing asbestosis.
If you’ve worked with asbestos, for example in a factory or on a construction site, or have lived near a factory which uses it, then you may be at risk.
The fibres can also be carried on clothing and materials, so you may also be at risk if a loved one worked with asbestos and was not provided with overalls to protect their clothing while at work.
Unfortunately, there is no treatment for asbestosis, and it usually doesn’t appear until a long time after you’ve been exposed to it.
Symptoms of asbestosis
The symptoms of asbestosis can be very uncomfortable and difficult to live with. In severe cases, they can even shorten your life expectancy or lead to other serious illnesses such as lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Below, we’ve listed some common symptoms which you may experience if you’re suffering from asbestosis:
- Shortness of breath
- Tightness or pain in chest
- Coughing or wheezing
- Extreme tiredness
There are a few other illnesses which are like asbestosis and which can also be caused by exposure to asbestos. These include pleural plaque, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer usually affecting the lungs and chest and the symptoms are quite like asbestosis.
For more information about mesothelioma, and how we can help you claim for it, please visit our dedicated mesothelioma page.
Work-related asbestos claims
If you’re suffering from asbestos related illness and you think it might have been caused by your working conditions, your asbestosis could be considered an ‘occupational lung disease’.
Because of the amount of time it takes for the symptoms of asbestosis to appear, we realise that your employer may not be working or the company you worked for may be out of business. We can still help you.
If this applies to you, your claim may be made against the insurance company which was providing insurance at the time, or it can sometimes be made through the Pneumoconiosis (Workman’s Compensation) Act 1979.
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Could you make an asbestos claim?
If you’re thinking of getting in touch with us about making an asbestos claim, we know you may be feeling unsure whether you’re able to make a claim, especially if you were exposed to asbestos a long time ago.
Please don’t worry, if you received a diagnosis for an asbestos-related condition within the last three years then we may be able to help you, even if your exposure to asbestos happened many years before.
And when you get in contact with us, there is never any pressure to make a claim. But if you do decide to go ahead and take the next step, then we can put you forward to a specialist solicitor that is right for your case.