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Asbestos is a deadly material that is used in many different industries. While it was often used in construction, this practice was banned in the UK in 1999. However, this doesn’t mean that its presence has been eradicated in buildings built before this date. Pre-1999 buildings were also often built without any protections in place despite a growing understanding of the potential health risks associated with asbestos. 

Asbestos is known to cause a variety of illnesses including pleural thickening, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Asbestosis is also another illness that can develop due to asbestos exposure and it can have incredibly negative long-term health impacts. 

If you have developed asbestosis due to long term exposure to asbestos, this could be grounds to make a claim. Your employer has a duty of care to ensure your safety while working which includes limiting your exposure to asbestos. Such protective measures include the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) such as masks to avoid inhaling asbestos. If your employer has not taken the necessary precautions or given you adequate training on how to spot and minimise risk, then you could be eligible to claim. 

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. 

Amount of Compensation

If you have received a diagnosis of asbestosis, it is possible that you could make a successful industrial illness compensation claim. 

Compensation can help alleviate the financial stress that often comes along with a debilitating condition like asbestosis. Compensation will cover the pain and suffering caused by the illnesses as well as its impact upon your ability to function and complete tasks as you would before. Compensation will also account for financial losses relating to your condition. For example, if you have had to pay for treatment or you have been unable to work due to your condition then you could be able to claim compensation to cover these losses. 

All compensation is decided on an individual basis as each case is unique in itself. For conditions like asbestosis, which vary wildly in seriousness from person to person, it is even more necessary to discuss your case with a personal injury solicitor to truly understand how much compensation you are likely to receive. 

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Causes and Symptoms of Asbestosis

Asbestosis is sadly an irreversible lung disease that develops after a person inhales large quantities of asbestos dust or fibres. Health and safety regulations for handling environments or materials which might contain asbestos state that individuals must wear a mask over their mouth and nose.

Unfortunately, asbestos was frequently handled without such protective measures in the past. Therefore, many people inhaled the fibres which caused fibrous tissues to develop in the lungs, causing scarring and chest pain. 

The symptoms of asbestosis can take as long as twenty to thirty years to develop. Therefore, it is important to always protect yourself because while you might believe you have not been exposed due to not suffering any symptoms at the time, exposure could affect you many decades later. Sufferers will find that their breathing becomes noisier and more rattily and they will most likely find it harder to breathe. In the early stages of the disease, this will only happen after exercise. However, as asbestosis progresses breathing will become increasingly difficult even when sitting still. 

Other physical symptoms of the disease include ‘finger clubbing’ where the fingers become red and swollen, making everyday tasks painful and difficult to carry out. 

Risk of Asbestosis

You are more likely to be at risk of being exposed to asbestos in certain professions than others. For example, plumbers, construction workers, and demolition workers are some of the most at risk employees. If you believe that you have any symptoms of asbestosis you or you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos, you should visit your GP as soon as possible. 

If your GP believes that you are at risk, then they will refer you to a chest consultant who will carry out an X-ray or a CT scan. However, as other conditions can appear similar to asbestosis on an X-ray, your history of asbestos exposure will also be considered before making a diagnosis. 

Long Term Impact of Asbestosis

Illnesses like asbestosis become more debilitating as time goes on. In some cases, it can sadly lead to even more serious illnesses like mesothelioma. 

You may be forced to give up work before your retirement age and you will likely require lifelong medical care for the rest of your life. There will need to be changes made to your lifestyle and your life expectancy may sadly decrease. Your situation may also mean that a family member has to give up their job to care for you. 

Making Personal Injury Claims

If you have been exposed to asbestos through your job, you may be entitled to compensation. First Personal Injury solicitors are available to assist you and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. 

First Personal Injury works with both families and individuals across England and Wales, leading them on their legal journey and helping them claim compensation after an accident or injury.

To learn more or to start your claim, get in touch with our expert team on 0800 808 9740 or contact us online. 

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