If you or a member of your family has developed an industrial illness caused by the exposure to asbestos, you may be eligible to make asbestos claims. Asbestos has been used over the years in building industries because of its ability to provide protection against a number of conditions such as providing resistance to energy loss, noise, cold, high temperatures, vibration, etc. Years back, people working in industries where asbestos was used were not provided with adequate protective equipment and these people were at a risk of developing asbestos related diseases and illnesses.
Many years ago the dangers of being exposed to asbestos became known and it was revealed that exposure to asbestos could lead to serious diseases and illnesses. However, building industries still continued using asbestos in considerable quantities and this is the reason asbestos still exists in a number of buildings as well as factories around UK.
If asbestos is left undamaged, it is safe and does not pose any risk to people around it. But, if it is disturbed, it will become airborne and its fibres will be released into the atmosphere causing harm to people. Apart from the industries which make direct use of asbestos, there are other industries which are also at risk. These include:
- gas fitters and plumbers
- sheet metal workers
- electrical engineers
- vehicle body builders
- construction workers
- production fitters
Types of Asbestos Related Diseases
There are a number of different types of diseases that can be caused by being exposed to asbestos at work. Some of the common diseases include:
- Pleural Plaques – Pleural plaques can be distinguished from other types of asbestos related diseases by their appearance. Pleural plaques are smooth, white raised areas of fibrosis consisting of collagen fiber. Moreover, these plaques range from small to large and are usually calcified. After a person has been exposed to asbestos, it usually takes more than 20 years to experience the symptoms of this condition. Before the asbestos regulations were enforced, a large number of workers in industries such as shipping, mining and construction were exposed to dangerous levels of asbestos. After the initial exposure, it may take up to 40 years for pleural plaques to develop. Pleural plaques are not a serious type of asbestos related disease and this is the reason it is not possible to claim for compensation for this condition.
- Pleural Thickening – Pleural thickening is a serious type of asbestos related disease and it can affect one or both the lungs. When asbestos fibers are inhaled, they can make their way to the lining of the lungs and when this happens, it can cause thickening of the lining and scarring. Pleural thickening can cause tissues in the lungs to harden making it difficult for the victim to breathe.
- Asbestosis – In this condition, scar tissues form in the lungs making breathing difficult. Asbestosis is a serious lung disease which develops over time and causes inflammation in the lungs. Some of the common symptoms of asbestosis include dry cough, shortness of breath and pain while breathing.
- Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can affect the mesothelial lining of the heart, abdomen and the lungs. Mesothelioma can also develop in the lining of the testicles, but this type of disease is rare. The four types of mesothelioma include pleural, pericardial, peritoneal and testicular mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is a serious form of cancer and there is no cure for this disease.
Common Places Where Asbestos Can Be Found
Until the 1980s, asbestos was greatly used in the building industry. This means that most of the buildings as well as factories established before this period may contain some form of asbestos. Asbestos is safe as long as it is not disturbed or damaged. However, if it has been disturbed or damaged, the fibres can become airborne and cause harm to humans. Some of the common places where asbestos can be found include:
- ceiling and floor tiles
- roofing belts, fire blankets and other heat resistant materials
- lagging around pipes and boilers
- bath panels, downpipes, guttering, cladding and all those products made by using asbestos cement
- insulation boards including duct covers, fire surrounds, etc
Making an Industrial Injury Claim
If you are looking to make an asbestos claim for compensation, you have come to the right place. At InjuryClaims.co.uk, we will walk you through the entire claims process, making it as simple and easy for you as possible. Solicitors have an excellent level of experience dealing with asbestos claims and they can help you obtain the highest level of compensation that you are entitled to.
Personal injury solicitors work on a No Win No Fee basis meaning that you don’t have to worry about funding your claim as it proceeds. If your solicitors are unable to win your case, you won’t pay them a penny.
To start a claim or to find out more information, request a call back or call 0800 678 1410 to be put you in touch with a specialist work accident claims solicitor. Your asbestos claim will be assessed by a panel of experienced personal injury solicitors and if you have a valid claim, they will be happy to handle your claim on your behalf.