Asbestos-Related Disease Claims Guide

What Is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. We could help you claim compensation if you contracted asbestosis because you were exposed to asbestos at work, either in your current or past employment.

If you were regularly exposed to asbestos at work, the substance’s fibres may have caused irreversible scarring to your lungs, meaning you could suffer from wheezing, chest pains and shortness of breath for the rest of your life. Unfortunately, you’ll also have an increased risk of developing more serious conditions such as mesothelioma, pleural disease and lung cancer.

Our solicitors are here for you at this difficult time, and could help you secure compensation to support your health needs for the rest of your life. Your compensation will also consider factors such as effects on life expectancy, quality of life and how much of your life will be spent experiencing the symptoms of asbestosis. Read more about our expertise in asbestosis claims

What Should My Employer Have Done To Protect Me?

The dangers of asbestos were known from the 1900s onwards, so your employer should have made sure your exposure was limited. All employers have a duty to protect their staff and if they failed to follow this duty, we could help you make a claim.

Certain measures have now been set out which employers must follow to protect their employees from asbestos exposure, such as:

  • Identifying if asbestos is present and, if so, what type
  • Carrying out a risk assessment to see whether it’s possible to carry out the work
  • Deciding if a licensed contractor should carry out the work
  • Contacting the relevant authority if employees are working with asbestos
  • Providing adequate training and personal protective equipment

If your employer didn’t do all they could to protect you, we can help you make a claim. In asbestos-related illness claims, our lawyers will collect evidence to prove that your employer’s negligence caused your illness, including reports from medical professionals and witness statements.

In Which Industries Am I Most Likely To Be Affected By Asbestos Exposure?

Asbestos was significantly used after World War II, with usage peaking in the 1970s. Due to increasing awareness of the harm caused by asbestos and legislation limiting its use, its usage declined in the 1980s and 1990s. You’re more likely to have been exposed to asbestos at work if you worked in the building or construction industries.

The following occupations are particularly associated with asbestos exposure:

  • Insulation workers
  • Boilermakers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Plumbers/pipefitters
  • Steamfitters
  • Sheet metal workers
  • Plasterers
  • Heating/air-conditioning mechanics
  • Chemical technicians

While new buildings shouldn’t contain asbestos, it is still present in many older buildings, including schools, factories and hospitals. This means that the likes of caretakers, electricians and demolition workers are still at risk of being exposed in their roles, so their employers should take all the necessary precautions.

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If you’ve contracted asbestosis and think that this might be because of exposure at work, we urge you to call us on 0800 056 4110 so we can help you secure the compensation you deserve.


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