Asbestos is a hidden killer that can cause the following serious diseases. These diseases will not affect you immediately, as they often take a long time to develop.
Mesothelioma is a cancer which affects the lining of the lungs and the lining surrounding the lower digestive tract. It is almost exclusively related to asbestos exposure and by the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal. It is generally accepted that the time between first exposure and the first clinical manifestations of mesothelioma ranges from 10 years with no upper limit, even taking 60 years to develop.
Asbestosis is a serious scarring condition of the lung that normally occurs after heavy exposure to asbestos over many years. This condition can cause progressive shortness of breath, and in severe cases can be fatal.
Exposure to asbestos increases the risk of developing lung cancer. A very important point is that asbestos exposure and smoking act together to produce a huge risk of lung cancer in people exposed to both hazards. Fortunately, this means that people who have been exposed to asbestos can greatly reduce the risk of lung cancer by not smoking. Some estimates indicate that smoking increases the likelihood of developing an asbestos related disease by 92%.
These are raised areas of thickened calcified parts of the lining of the lung called the pleura which occur after exposure to asbestos. They do not always develop into anything more sinister and are not always something that cause problems with the victim e.g. by way of shortness of breath although they are of course quite worrying.
After lawyers for the defendants insurers fought hard to save the insurers paying out damages for people with plural plaques in their lungs it was decided by the courts that the presence of a plaque was not in itself an injury. If there are symptoms associated with the plaque such as breathlessness you could still be able to bring a claim.
Thickening of the lung walls due to scarring caused by asbestos that leads to breathlessness again is a condition that can be compensable.
At Hattons Solicitors we will make sure you get the proper legal advice should you decide to make an industrial disease claim for compensation.
There is a time limit on when you can make an industrial disease claim which normally starts from the time you found out about your asbestos-related disease. This time limit is normally 3 years, but the law can make exceptions so make sure you call us for the proper legal advice.
If your former employer has gone out of business there may still be many options that we can help you with by tracking down your old company’s insurers. We can also help you to look into the possibility of benefits such as Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits and then Pneumoconiosis (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 benefits. The law can be complicated so we can make it much clearer for you.
If you feel that you want justice for the pain and suffering caused by asbestos related illnesses then you can call our local legal team for confidential advice on 0800 298 9690 or fill in the Claim Now form to the right of this screen and we’ll call you back.