What’s My Claim Worth have extensive experience dealing with asbestos related illnesses and diseases. If you are sufferring from an asbestos related illness or disease, you may be entitled to a personal injury compensation claim. At What’s My Claim Worth our expert team of lawyers will fight for the compansation that you deserve.
There are many serious illness and diseases which can be directly linked to, or are directly caused by asbestos exposure. At What’s My Claim Worth , our team understands the issues affecting you due to an asbestos related illness or disease and that it can be a very difficult and daunting time for both you and your family. We fight fearlessly to achieve the best outcome for you whilst offering sensitivity, professionalism and unparalleled legal expertise.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is the term that refers to a group of minerals made of long, crystal fibres which are heat resistant and extremely strong. When disturbed, through for example drilling or deterioation, it releases a very fine dust containing asbestos fibres which when breathed in can pose very serious health risks.
Asbestos was widely used in the past for construction and in buildings for insulation before it was altogether banned in 1999.
There are four types of asbestos related diseases that you are able to claim compensation for: Asbestosis, Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma and Pleural Thickening.
This is caused by inhaling large amount of asbestos dust or fibres which causes permanent scarring of the lungs leading to breathing problems. It is not possible to repair the damage caused by asbestos and for some people their condition may deteriorate further over time. People with asbestosis have a greater risk of developing other serious diseases.
While there can be other causes of lung cancer, exposure to asbestos can significantly increase this risk. Symptoms of lung cancer include coughing, shortness of breath and unexpected weight loss and usually occur at least 20 years after the initial exposure to asbestos. Whether asbestos exposure occurs in the workplace or elsewhere, there are numerous parties who may be held liable.
The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure and even minimal amounts of exposure can cause the disease. It is a form of cancer which affects the lining of the lungs and in some cases also the lining of the abdomen and the heart. It usually takes between 10 and 50 years to develop after the initial exposure.
This is when areas of the lining of the lung become thicker and prevent the lungs from expanding normally, leading to breathlessness. Pleural thickening also increases the chances of developing a more serious condition later in life. As with asbestosis, it is caused by inhaling asbestos dust and fibres and indicates high levels of exposure. Plueral thicking can also deteriorate or lead to more serious asbestos-related conditions such as lung cancer or mesothelioma
Can I Claim Compensation?
All employers have a duty to protect their employees against hazardous substances. If you develop an asbestos related disease due to employment you may be able to claim compensation. In addition, you may be entitled to receive benefits; the most common benefit entitlement is Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB).
What’s My Claim Worth successfully recovered £117,000 compensation for a client who was diagnosed with asbestos related mesothelioma. The client was regularly exposed to asbestos dust during the course of his employment between 1965 and 1986. His role involved mixing asbestos powder to be placed into old bearings in the company’s service department. What’s My Claim Worth traced insurers for the company and recovered the compensation from them within 6 months of the initial instruction by the client.
How We Can Help
If you or a family member are suffering from an asbestos related disease, or are worried about asbestos exposure, you should not hesitate to contact us. We understand that the injuries that you have suffered can have severe consequences on your day to day life. When fighting for your compensation we take into account if you have had to take time off work, if you have had to pay for medication and any other losses that you may have incurred.
At What’s My Claim Worth we have a specialist team of lawyers who have been involved in many asbestos disease compensation claims as a result of asbestos exposure.
Call 0800 849 2220 to speak to a member of our specialist team of industrial disease lawyers who will assist you further with this matter.