Mesothelioma & Asbestos Compensation Claims

From the 1800’s onwards asbestos in its various forms started to be used extensively throughout British industry.

Its use became widespread because of its many physical qualities not the least of which were its resistance to fire, heat, electrical and chemical damage and above all its affordability.

Due to its properties, in particular its resistance to heat and fire,  asbestos was used as a form of electrical insulation for hotplate wiring and in building insulation. In addition the fibres could also be mixed with cement (resulting in asbestos cement) which was used to lag pipe work or woven into fabric or mats. Its flexibility made its use widespread and asbestos in its various forms can be found in many products including brake pads and linings, gaskets and fire proof clothing.

The earliest reports in Britain of the possible consequences and damage to health resulting from asbestos exposure began to appear in the late 19th Century and the annual reports of the Chief Inspector of Factories reported as early as 1898 that asbestos had "easily demonstrated" health risks. The first official diagnosis of asbestosis was made in 1924. 19th Century and the annual reports of the Chief Inspector of Factories reported as early as 1898 that asbestos had "easily demonstrated" health risks. The first official diagnosis of asbestosis was made in 1924.

 

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The real dangers associated with asbestos, and in particular the dangers that asbestos particles and dust can have on the respiratory system only really came to light in the 1960’s and 70’s.

The use of asbestos was finally banned in 2004, but by that time it had been used in the building trade and other industries for over 200 years, which means that it still poses a very real threat to people’s heath today.

Asbestos becomes a problem when it is disturbed and damaged. This leads to the particles and dust becoming airborne. Asbestos dust and fibres can be inhaled and this can have happened at any time during a person's life. The dust and fibres can remain within a person’s respiratory system for years and it can take many years for any symptoms to develop.

Further, exposure can occur indirectly. Family members of people who have indirect contact with asbestos have been recorded as developing asbestos-related illnesses, including cleaners and teachers.

Correct precautions were not always taken by employers to ensure that their employees were protected against the dangers of asbestos, which resulted in employees developing asbestos-related illnesses in later life. Where this is the case and a link can be proved between the asbestos-related illness and the exposure whilst working, it is possible to make a claim for compensation against a previous employer.

Contact us today to see how we can help you obtain compensation for asbestos exposure. Call 0333 323 1636 or email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk.

Whilst exposure to asbestos is often related to the construction industry, it has been used in an enormous range of products and industry, as illustrated by the list below. 

  • Construction
  • Ship building
  • Insulation Services
  • Plumbing
  • Mining
  • Textiles
  • Gas fitters
  • Carpet fitters

Exposure to asbestos dust and fibres causes asbestos-related diseases and sometimes these diseases can prove fatal.   These can be any of the following

  • Asbestos related lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma – A specific type of cancer linked to asbestos exposure
  • Asbestosis - A form of pneumoconiosis; a general term for a type of damage done to the interior of the lung by inhaled dust.
  • Pleural thickening - Asbestos related pleural thickening occurs when the lining of the lung, the pleura, hardens as a reaction to asbestos fibres that have found their way into the lung.
  • Pleural plaques - Asbestos related pleural plaques are small areas of localised thickening or scarring of the lining of the lung.

It is not unusual for the symptoms of an asbestos-related illness to be slow to develop.

Symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing or hoarseness, persistent cough that worsens over time, blood in fluid coughed up, pain or tightening in chest, difficulty swallowing, swelling of neck or face, decreased appetite, weight loss, fatigue.

If you or a member of your family have ever been diagnosed with any of the above asbestos-related conditions, and feel that you may have worked with or come into contact with asbestos through employment then please contact one of our specialist lawyers who will be happy to assist you and establish whether you have a claim to make and to ensure your recover the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to for the asbestos-related condition you have developed.

Contact us today to see how we can help you obtain compensation for asbestos exposure. Call 0333 323 1636 or email enquiries@ibbclaims.co.uk.