Asbestos – The facts

  • Asbestos diseases are caused by inhaled asbestos fibres passing through the respiratory system into the lungs. Due to their size and shape they become trapped in the lungs which over time causes irritation, inflammation and scarring to the lungs.  This process might take up to 50 years or longer after initial exposure and reduces the efficiency of the lungs which can impact upon mobility and general health.  All asbestos fibres are potentially harmful albeit blue asbestos (crocidolite) is considered to be the most harmful followed by brown asbestos (amosite) and then white asbestos (chrysotile). However, not everyone who has inhaled asbestos fibres will go on to develop an asbestos-related illness. Despite encountering workplace exposure to asbestos dust, in the absence of a clear diagnosis, it will not be possible to recover compensation from a former employer. Have you worked directly with asbestos, old or new material or have you worked in close proximity to somebody who was? The risk of inhaling asbestos fibres is not confined to workers but also to their partner’s and loved one’s who could have been exposed to asbestos dust brought home on their clothing and skin or commonly during washing of work clothes.

 

  • Compensation is awarded to workers who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease and to family/dependants who have lost or have a loved one suffering from an asbestos-related disease which might include, mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural thickening and in some circumstances, pleural plaques. There are timescales for claiming compensation which are sometimes difficult to calculate but broadly speaking require a claim to be brought within 3 years of a person being diagnosed with an asbestos disease or within 3 years of their first knowledge of the disease. If a loved one has passed away from an asbestos-related disease the 3 year period will commence on the date of their death unless the condition was known and had been diagnosed over 3 years previous during their lifetime. We will investigate your eligibility to compensation and review any medical medical evidence in order to assess your eligibility.  Do not jeopardise your potential claim by missing the 3 year limitation period contact us today on FREEPHONE 0808 164 6018, complete our Enquire Now form, talk to us via Live Chat or email us at, info@asbestoshealthcheck.co.uk.

 

  • Compensation is recovered from those responsible employers who allowed the exposure to occur in the first instance and whilst many former employers no longer trade it is still often possible to trace and identify the relevant company insurers who must compensate sufferers. In cases where an insurer cannot be traced, depending upon the nature of an asbestos condition, it might nevertheless be possible to recover compensation through a Government compensation Scheme. We have experience and dealings with many thousands of defunct employers and as a member of APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) our solicitors have access to ELTO (Employer Liability Tracing Office) which provides access to relevant insurer databases.

 

  • Most asbestos diseases are not terminal and can be managed by lifestyle change, but in some instances genetic changes can take place which lead to the development of tumours and necessary medical intervention.

 

  • In many instances the existence of an asbestos-related disease is ‘flagged up’ by one or more of the following symptoms whilst in others a diagnosis can be made quite incidentally during other unrelated medical investigations. Common symptoms of an asbestos disease will include, shortage of breath, chest pains, loss of appetite, low energy, unexplained weight loss, coughing bouts, feeling unwell, repeated chest infections, tiredness and lethargy.  Have you worked in an environment where asbestos dust and fibres were present and do you recognise any of these symptoms?  If you have other health issues can you be sure your symptoms are not asbestos-related?  Have your symptoms worsened or changed over the years? If so, you might now consider it appropriate to ask your GP for a fresh health check.

 

  • Thousands of people every day and those particularly within the age group of 55 – 80 years will recognise one or more of the common symptoms which could indicate the existence of an asbestos or other form of respiratory disease. Many will fail to consider the possibility of there being an association to their previous work and exposure to asbestos materials and will instead attribute their symptoms to ageing when in reality this could be a gentle warning to consult with your GP and have matters checked out thoroughly. Is it worth guessing on the cause of your symptoms?  Do you fall within this age group and have you been exposed to asbestos dust?

 

  • An NHS health check programme is provided by many local authorities free of charge to those over 40 years of age and under 74 years if they have not suffered a stroke or don’t already have a heart disease, diabetes or kidney disease. IF YOU FEEL UNWELL OR HAVE ANY HEALTH CONCERNS SPEAK WITH YOUR GP NOW. Some pharmacies offer NHS health checks and ‘wellness kiosks’ where weight and blood pressure can be checked to provide useful feedback as to the extent of a person’s health. If you have a health concern then don’t delay in speaking with your GP and ensure you outline your dealings with asbestos material. For further reassurance and advice contact us today.

 

  • Asbestos diseases are diagnosed through a range of investigations which is likely to begin with a physical examination by your GP who will listen to your heart and lungs. Thereafter, if necessary, your GP can arrange for you to undergo further diagnostic investigations at your local hospital which is likely to include lung function tests, chest x-ray, CT Scan, PET Scan or Bronchoscopy. Early investigation and diagnosis is likely to provide a better outcome if you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease.

 

  • If you have already been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease OR you are presently undergoing investigations for a suspected asbestos disease please contact us today so we might discuss your eligibility to compensation and/or any Government Benefits. We are happy to speak with anyone regarding their health concerns regardless of any previously unsuccessful enquiry they might have made and we will consider any medical evidence or reports you might have.  It may be the case you were given a clean bill of health several years ago or you were diagnosed with a low level benign condition which then presented little or no symptoms. Asbestos conditions can deteriorate over time and it might be that your symptoms are now more troublesome and a cause of concern. If you do not have medical reports to hand please do not let this delay you in contacting us.  Wherever necessary and with your permission we will write to your GP and/or treating Consultant to obtain more information in support of any potential compensation claim. Speak with us today for further advice.

 

  • Asbestos is one of many substances found and used in a variety of industrial settings which can have an effect upon your respiratory health. Given our expertise in industrial disease litigation we also provide help to those suffering from other workplace respiratory diseases caused and/or made worse by working conditions which might include asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  If you suffer from respiratory problems have you worked with flour, wood dust, metal dust, gases, fumes, vapours, paint, latex, coal dust, chemicals, isocyanites? It might be you have been exposed to other substances/materials which were associated to your work and were preventable by proper protection and safe systems of work – If you consider this to be the case please call us today on  FREEPHONE 0808 164 6018.