Workers removing Asbestos from an old roof.

Asbestos Exposure

The use of Asbestos is now banned in the UK since 1999. Asbestos was used variously throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s for a vast number of things from lagging on pipes and heat proofing to roofing materials. There are a number of different types of Asbestos, these include:

Crocidolite (Blue Asbestos)

Crocidolite, also known as Blue Asbestos, is responsible for about 10% of all Mesothelioma cases and is, as with all Asbestos products, the main cause of Asbestos related lung disease.

Amosite (Brown Asbestos)

Amosite Asbestos is most commonly referred to as Brown Asbestos but also as Grey Asbestos. Amosite was one of the most readily used Asbestos in building materials being used predominantly as a fire retarded and thermal insulation products.

Chrysotile (White Asbestos)

This is the most commonly used Asbestos and was banned from use in the UK as late as 1999. Chrysotile as with other types of Asbestos has been classed as a Carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer.

 

Various conditions arise from the exposure to Asbestos:

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a chronic inflammatory medical condition affecting the the lungs caused by the inhalation and retention of Asbestos fibres. The condition results in the suffering of reduced and shortness of breath amongst other things and can lead to Malignancy conditions such as Mesothelioma.

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused solely by exposure to Asbestos. The condition is progressive and fatal and exposure to a single fibre of Asbestos is sufficient to cause the condition to arise. Mesothelioma affects the Mesothelium which lines the lungs and internal organs. The disease can occur many years from the date of exposure causing significant distress to all involved.

Lung cancer

Asbestos related lung cancer is the most common form of cancer resultant from the exposure to Asbestos and is found in people who have been exposed to Asbestos on a prolonged basis. Often developing many years post exposure Asbestos related lung cancer can come as a shock to anyone concerned or diagnosed.

Plural thickening

Pleural thickening is a non-cancerous thickening and scaring of the lung tissues and if widespread can cause significant breathing difficulties and other complications. Often confused with the non-actionable condition pleural plaques (smaller localised areas of fibrosis) pleural thickening is actionable and therefore you are entitled to compensation as a result of being diagnosed with the same.

All of our Asbestos specialist Solicitors will work for you on a No Win No Fee basis meaning you won’t have to pay a penny whether you win or lose your case and we will ensure that you receive the maximum possible amount of your compensation.

What can we include within your claim?

  • Personal Injury
  • Loss of earnings
  • Private healthcare
  • Cost of care
  • Travel expenses
  • Disadvantage on the labour market
  • Home adaptions
  • Obtain payments to assist financial needs

 

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