Receive help from our asbestosis claims specialists if you have been recently diagnosed with asbestosis or any other asbestos-related illness. You may be entitled to compensation if you suffer with an asbestos-related illness, such as asbestosis.
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Asbestosis claim advice
Dedicated Accident Solicitors have a specialist asbestosis claims team and work with sufferers of asbestosis, along with those who have mesothelioma claims, pleural thickening claims and asbestos-induced lung cancer claims.
Our friendly team is knowledgeable on the subject of asbestosis and is keen to offer you all the advice you need to make your asbestosis claim.
Why make a claim?
We believe that if you are a victim of asbestosis, or any other asbestos-related illness, those who negligently exposed you to asbestos should be brought to justice and made to pay compensation for your suffering. Contact us today and let us help you to make an asbestosis claim.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a form of scarring and inflammation of the lung tissue which is caused by heavy and prolonged exposure to asbestos.
How asbestos causes asbestosis
When asbestos is disturbed, microscopic asbestos fibres are released into the air where they can be inhaled. These tiny fibres are too small to be filtered by the nose and throat and so they can reach the lungs, where they can become lodged in the lung tissue. The size and shape of the asbestos fibres mean that they are difficult for the body to expel.
These lodged asbestos fibres in the lung cause scarring and inflammation. Often it can take many many years after exposure to asbestos to develop symptoms of asbestosis.
If you, or anyone you know, is concerned about asbestosis or has worked with asbestos in the past, please call us now on 01332 897 222 and we will advise you whether you can make an asbestosis claim.
What are the symptoms of asbestosis?
As the lungs become scarred, the lung tissue thickens and becomes less elastic. This can lead to symptoms such as;
- shortness of breath
- a persistent cough
- chest pain
In more advanced cases of asbestosis, the sufferer sometimes develops swollen fingertips (often called clubbed fingertips).
It can take many years after contact with asbestos, usually between 20 and 40 years, to develop symptoms of asbestosis.
Some of these symptoms can be caused by other conditions too and if are concerned that you have any of these symptoms, then you should seek medical advice from your doctor.
Who is affected by asbestosis?
Everyone who is diagnosed with asbestosis has been exposed to asbestos at some time in their lives. Most of those diagnosed will have had contact with asbestos at work many years earlier. This is because, even when the dangers of asbestos became known, many employers failed to put effective controls in place and allowed their employees to be put at risk.
Industries where asbestos may have been present
There were many different industries where workers would be routinely exposed to asbestos, including;
- power stations
- ship building sites
- steel works
- construction sites
Some people handled large amounts asbestos, such as laggers and plumbers, and others worked near to where asbestos was being used, such as electricians, joiners, construction workers and so on. Even the relatives of a worker may have been exposed to the asbestos that was brought home on the worker’s clothes.
In whatever way you were exposed to asbestos – whether you handled it, worked near to it or lived with a worker who brought asbestos dust home on their clothes – you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. So, if you, or someone you know, has been diagnosed with asbestosis, contact us today and we will advise you whether you can make an asbestosis claim.
Can asbestosis be treated?
Unfortunately, as the scarring to the lungs cannot be reversed, there is no cure for asbestosis. The prognosis for a sufferer depends on the amount of the damage to the lungs and whether the sufferer has any other conditions.
Sometimes, asbestosis remains stable or progresses very slowly. In severe cases, asbestosis can seriously affect the patient’s health and reduce their life expectancy. Indeed, the number of deaths from asbestosis continues to rise in the UK due to the heavy use of asbestos in industries in the past.
Those with asbestosis also have an increased risk of developing mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer or pleural thickening.
Treatment advice for asbestosis sufferers is usually to stop smoking and have certain vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine each year. More serious cases might require oxygen therapy. Your doctor will advise you about the treatment you should have.
If you have any concerns about asbestosis or asbestos exposure, contact us to speak to our friendly team of specialists in asbestosis claims today and see how we can help you.
Can I make an asbestosis claim?
If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis within the last three years then you may be able to make a claim for asbestosis compensation. If someone you know died within three years of being diagnosed with asbestosis, then it may be possible to bring an asbestosis claim on behalf of their estate and any dependants they have left behind, provided the claim is brought within three years of their death.
Time to make a claim
However, the time limits for making asbestosis claims can be complex and will depend on your specific circumstances, so it is important not to delay and to seek specialist advice as soon as possible.
Unlike some asbestos-related illnesses, the severity of the asbestosis disease is directly related to the degree of exposure to asbestos. In other words, the more asbestos inhaled, the worse the illness. Each employer who has negligently exposed you to asbestos only has to pay compensation for their share in contributing to your illness. For this reason, it is very important to establish all of the employers that exposed you to asbestos in order to ensure that you recover maximum compensation in your asbestosis claim.
If your former employers are no longer in business, we will make every effort to locate the companies that provided them with insurance cover at the time you were exposed to asbestos. We will then bring the asbestosis claim against those insurers. Sometimes, we even have to restore a company to the Company Register in order to bring the claim against them.
Whatever it takes, we do our utmost to achieve the best outcome for all of our clients with asbestosis claims. To see how we could help you bring an asbestosis claim, please call us now on 01332 897 222.
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