Asbestos-related diseases are predicted to affect about 100,000 people over the next 30 years reaching a peak in 2020.
Asbestos was used extensively in many industries throughout the 20th century until it was eventually banned in 1999. Once exposed to asbestos, the small fibres can lie dormant in the lungs for many years. Many people do not suffer any ill effects, but others may develop one of the conditions caused by asbestos.
How does the Asbestos Register help?
Jointly with Prospect Union Slater & Gordon Lawyers (formerly RJW) is running the Asbestos Register. The Register may help you or your former colleagues should you be affected by asbestos. Because asbestos-related diseases normally become apparent only many years after exposure, it can be difficult to prove precisely when and where exposure occurred. The names of former colleagues may be forgotten and their whereabouts unknown.
The register holds a database of information about members who have been exposed to asbestos, including information about where they worked. This information can make the difference between a claim being successful or unsuccessful.
Holding this information on a database enables Prospect and their solicitors, Slater & Gordon (formerly Russell Jones & Walker), to search for witnesses who worked for the same employer or in the same workplace and so provide evidence in support of members’ claims – now and in the future.
How to Join
If you have been exposed to asbestos at work then we invite you to download our online form from the Prospect website. It will only take you a few minutes but could make a world of difference.
Adding your name to the register does not mean that you are registering a claim.
If you have any concerns about your health and your exposure to asbestos and think you may have a claim, please contact Prospect Personal Injury Claimline on 0800 587 4543 and discuss your case with one of our solicitors specialising in asbestos claims.
For more details on Health & Safety when being exposed to asbestos at work please visit HSE Asbestos Health and Safety page. For further information please visit the Prospect Guide to Legal Services.
Please note it is a member site only so you will need your membership number and password.