What is asbestos?
A highly heat-resistant fibrous silicate mineral that can be woven into fabrics, and is used in brake linings and fire-resistant and insulating materials.
What causes Asbestos-related illnesses?
Exposure to harmful asbestos fibres.When materials containing asbestos are damaged or moved, fibres can be released into the air and when inhaled, can cause serious diseases.
What are the common Asbestos-related illnesses?
Asbestosis – a lung disease resulting from the inhalation of asbestos particles. It normally occurs after significant exposure to asbestos over many years and can cause shortness of breath, and in some severe cases can be fatal.
Asbestos-related lung cancer – a type of cancer that forms in the lung tissue, usually in the cells lining the air passages and is can be caused by exposure to asbestos fibres. It can although be caused by smoking or being genetically predisposed to develop the disease.
Mesothelioma – The tissue that lines your lungs, stomach, heart, and other organs is called mesothelium. Mesothelioma is a tumour of the tissue. It starts in the lungs, but can also begin in the abdomen or other organs. The only fully known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos.
Pleural Thickening – can also be called diffuse pleural thickening (DPT), is a lung disease in which scarring thickens the thin membrane that covers the lungs called the pleura. As the scar tissue develops, it can enclose the lung and fill the space between the lungs and pleura.
What type of work can cause asbestos-related illnesses?
Through working in industries where asbestos material has been used, living nearby to an asbestos factory or working in a building where asbestos material has been used in its construction. It is also possible to have been exposed to asbestos fibres from the clothing of someone you are living with who has been exposed to asbestos. Asbestos can be found in any industrial or residential building built or refurbished before the year 2000. Asbestos-related diseases will not affect you immediately and will often take years to develop.
What rights do you have as an employee?
By the beginning of the 20th-century concerns about the health risks associated with asbestos were beginning to be raised. This escalated in severity during the 1920s and 1930s. By the 1980s and 1990s asbestos trade and use started to become banned outright, phased out, or heavily restricted. Despite this, many people were exposed to asbestos at work. Employers, knowing about the dangers of asbestos, failed to adequately protect their employees or families from being exposed. As a result of that failure, those same employers are now liable to pay compensation for the terrible suffering that their negligence has caused.
How can GO-Law help you?
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease within the last three years, we can help you to claim compensation. Even though it may have been a considerable number of years since you worked for the employer(s) responsible, we can still pursue a claim on your behalf. If you have had to stop working because of you illness, we will also claim compensation for your loss of earnings. We are here to help on a No Win No Fee basis. We will deal with you in an understanding and compassionate manner. We will visit you at home and try and make the whole process as simple and easy as possible. Please contact us today for a free consultation.
You will only speak to a qualified solicitor who will be able to give you a free consultation. All our claims are handled on a No Win No Fee basis, so get in touch, you really do have nothing to lose.