Asbestos-Related Disease Claims Guide

What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a substance that was commonly used in building and construction during the twentieth century because its fibres were resistant to heat, fire and a number of chemicals. It is hard to detect asbestos as it’s both odourless and tasteless. In order to confirm the presence of asbestos, materials will sometimes have to be analysed in a laboratory.

There are some occupations in which workers are more likely to have come into contact with asbestos than others, including:

  • Mechanics
  • Construction workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Plumbers
  • Tilers
  • Roofers
  • Textile workers

Why Is Asbestos Dangerous?

The complete ban on the import of asbestos was only introduced in 1999, so people could still be exposed to asbestos in buildings which were constructed or modified before the year 2000. Asbestos was banned because inhaling loose asbestos fibres can cause serious and sometimes fatal lung diseases, such as mesotheliomalung cancer and asbestosis.

5,000 workers are killed each year as a result of asbestos exposure in the UK, according to the Health and Safety Executive. This is more people than are killed in road traffic accidents over the same period.

Our lawyers are here to help you if you were exposed to asbestos at work and are suffering from an asbestos related illness as a result. We could also help you make a claim if you have developed a condition because you were exposed to asbestos fibres carried on the clothing, skin or hair of someone who worked with the substance.

What Are The Different Types Of Asbestos?

Asbestos comes in a number of different forms, but the following types were the most commonly used in the construction industry:

  • Chrysotile – known as white asbestos, this form of asbestos is resistant to high temperatures and was banned in the UK in 1999.
  • Amosite – often called brown asbestos, this substance was made up of strong fibres and was mainly used between the 1920s and late 1960s. It was banned in 1986.
  • Crocidolite – sometimes called blue asbestos, this types of asbestos had needle-like fibres and was used from the 1880s until it was banned in 1985.

We could help you make a claim even if you do not know when you were exposed to asbestos. Our solicitors will undertake investigations into all of your previous jobs, finding out which employer was responsible for your exposure.

Where Can Asbestos Be Found?

Asbestos can be found in industrial and residential properties, such as factories, farm buildings, schools and older houses that were built or refurbished before 2000. There are a number of common materials where asbestos might have been used, including:

  • Sprayed coatings
  • Asbestos cement
  • Asbestos insulating board (often in ceiling tiles, partition walls, fuse boxes and around boilers)
  • Loose fill insulation
  • Asbestos lagging around boilers and pipes
  • Toilets seats and cisterns
  • Asbestos rope seals, gaskets and paper

Can I Make A Claim?

If you worked with asbestos every day, your chances of suffering from an asbestos-related illness are significantly higher. Your employer should have done all they could to protect you from exposure, as they had a duty of care to ensure your safety at work.

We could help you make a claim if you were exposed to asbestos in your past employment, even if your employer is no longer trading. Tracing employers and insurers can be difficult but our solicitors are experts in finding those who were responsible.  Our lawyers could also help you if your loved one died as a result of asbestos exposure at work.

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We urge you to contact us as soon as possible as asbestos-related disease claims are subject to time limits. To find out more about making a claim, contact us free today on 0800 056 4110.


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