Sadly, because the use of asbestos was, until more recently, so widespread in many UK industries from the 1940s onwards, there are now a growing number of people who are finding out that they have an asbestos related injury following exposure to asbestos earlier on in their working life.
If you, or a family member has been affected by exposure to asbestos, we do understand how distressed and upset you must be following your diagnosis. We can help you to be clear about where you stand legally and to also decide what you want your next steps to be.
What types of asbestos injuries are there?
There are five main types of asbestos related injuries and you may be suffering from one of the following:
• Mesothelioma - a type of lung cancer, which is caused by asbestos exposure and is normally found in the pleura (the lining of the lungs). This cancer may take years to develop following the exposure, in some cases 40 years, but it does tend to progress quite quickly once it has developed.
• Asbestosis - caused by inhaling asbestos fibres leading to a shrinking of the lungs and, as a consequence, breathlessness. Again, these symptoms can take decades to develop, sometimes as long as 20 years.
• Lung cancer - can also be attributed to exposure to asbestos, but it may be more difficult to prove the link between the asbestos and the lung cancer.
• Pleural thickening - the lining of the lungs thickens and hardens and makes it difficult for the lungs to expand properly, so it results in breathlessness.
• Pleural plaques - small sections of scar tissue that form in the lungs following exposure to asbestos dust. As pleural plaques do not cause any symptoms, you are not currently able to claim compensation in England and Wales, but you can in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
How can we help you?
We know how upsetting it is to deal with your diagnosis of an asbestosis related condition and you will almost certainly want to know where you stand legally and whether you will be able to make a claim for compensation. You will probably be worried about your family and their financial security and we can help you to understand all of the options open to you.
If your illness has progressed quickly we can help you to put in place provisions in your will to ensure that your family will be able to continue on with your claim if you do die before it is concluded.
Our experienced team will help you in all aspects of your claim and we promise that we will keep you informed at every stage of your claim and never use legal jargon when discussing your claim with you.
We will talk to you about all of the options open to you to fund your claim and we can offer you advice on which one we think is the most suitable for you.
Our clients are always at the heart of what we do, so contact us today. We can help you.