Asbestosis Compensation Claims
Are you wondering if you are entitled to make asbestosis compensation claims and you are unsure of what to do next? If your or a member of your family has developed asbestosis due to the negligence of another person, you may be eligible to seek asbestosis compensation though a claim.
Asbestosis is a condition that is caused due to being exposed to asbestos. Exposure to asbestos causes fibrosis of the lungs and leads to reduced functioning of the lungs causing breathlessness. It takes more than 20 years for this condition to develop and for people to experience the symptoms of asbestosis.
If you are suffering from such a condition through no fault of your own, it is important for you to seek expert legal advice from an experienced personal injury solicitor.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic respiratory disease that is caused by being exposed to asbestos over a long period of time. This condition develops when a person inhales asbestos fibres and it is generally caused in industries where asbestos is used on a regular basis. Even family members of those working in such industries are at a risk of developing asbestosis because asbestos fibres tend of stick on clothing worn by workers. Apart from workers, those who live close to areas where asbestos is mined or processed are also at a risk because asbestos is airborne and once it spreads into the atmosphere, anyone coming into contact can be at risk.
When asbestos fibres are inhaled, they travel through the trachea to the lungs and make their way to the alveoli which are small pockets through which exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place. When the fibres make their way to the alveoli, the alveoli starts producing macrophages which are cells that are responsible for keeping foreign materials away from the tissue.
Although macrophages are able to destroy most of the asbestos fibres, they are unable to protect the tissue from the long fibres which tend to stick out on the sides. This results in the leakage of fluid macrophage out of the cell and when this happens, the cells get irritated. If irritation continues for a long period of time, the lungs start becoming fibrotic and stiff. This decreases the efficiency of the exchange of gases within the tissue and as a result reduces the elasticity and flexibility of the lungs. When the lungs are no longer flexible, they are unable to expand and breathing becomes difficult.
In order for the lungs to receive adequate supply of oxygen, the muscles work harder. This causes fatigue and since the blood vessels are under pressure, this condition results in pulmonary hypertension. It usually takes 20-30 years for a person to realise that he is suffering from asbestosis. There may be no symptoms at all for few years and gradually the victim may start experiencing mild symptoms which they may think is ordinary. The victim may experience shortness of breath during work out and may relate this to not being physically fit. The symptoms may start getting worse after 20 years when the victim may start experiencing pain in the lungs when breathing, clubbed fingers, blood when coughing and so on.
Asbestosis can lead to a number of other complications as well. Those suffering from asbestosis are also at a risk of developing mesothelioma which is a form of cancer. Symptoms of asbestosis may be treated with medication, but there is no cure for the disease itself. So if you have developed asbestosis due to the negligence of your employer, you must seek expert legal advice and get your asbestosis compensation claim moving.
Asbestosis causes and symptoms
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related condition, you may be eligible to make asbestos compensation claims. Asbestos is a naturally occurring substance that is used for a large number of purposes. This material has been used in the building industry since 1950. Asbestos can be used as an insulator, or it can be used against corrosion. Asbestos also has fire protection properties and can be found in sprayed coatings, pipe insulation, floor tiles, ceilings and door panels.
The three main types of asbestos used since the 1950s include Crocidolite, Amosite and Chrysotile. Crocidolite and Amosite were banned in 1985 and Chrysotile was banned in 1999. However, some parts of buildings that were constructed prior to the year 2000 may still contain asbestos. If you have developed an asbestos related disease, it is important for you to seek legal advice and get your compensation claim moving.
There are a number of different types of diseases and illnesses that can be caused by being exposed to asbestos. Some of the common asbestos related disease includes mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening and asbestos induced lung cancer. Asbestos is not harmful unless it is disturbed. Asbestos related diseases are only caused as a result of inhaling asbestos fibers which are present in the atmosphere. If asbestos is left undisturbed, it does not spread in the air and therefore does not pose an immediate risk to anyone.
Symptoms of Asbestosis
Common symptoms of asbestosis include the following:
- recurrent respiratory infections
- coughing up blood
- shortness of breath
- swelling of feet, hands and ankles
- restless sleep
- chest pain
Making an asbestosis compensation claim
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