Slater and Gordon Lawyers, which includes John Pickering and Partners, Fentons and Pannone have the highest number of Accredited Injury Lawyers specialising in asbestos disease in the UK; according to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) website.
The website quotes, “Specialist accreditation shows that an APIL Accredited Asbestos Disease Lawyer has achieved a very high standard of expertise and competence and actually specialises in this area of the law.” Patrick Walsh, Edmund Young and Paul Glanville from Slater and Gordon have achieved this very unique and high standard of expertise.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that has been mined for hundreds of years. Its unique properties – flexibility, tensile strength and chemical inertness – once gave it a reputation as one of the most useful and versatile minerals known to humanity.
As a result of these properties, the mineral was used for a number of human made products in the UK as well as overseas. Such products include corrugated roofing sheets (often called Big Six), soffits, insulation around pipework (sections and cement), boilers, used for fireproofing and quilts, sprayed asbestos coatings, ceiling tiles, vinyl floor tiles, asbestos rope, asbestos partitions and Artex wall coverings.
Historically, people working in the following industries have been known to have been exposed to and diagnosed with an asbestos related condition:
- Asbestos miners, plant & factory workers
- Shipyard workers
- Labourers, carpenters, roofers, welders, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, pipefitters, builders and insulators
- Boilermakers and laggers
- Sheet metal workers
- Maintenance workers
- Mechanic/brake workers
- Power plant and refinery workers
- Teachers and students
- Hospital workers
- Aircraft mechanics & repairers
- Household appliance Installers
- Electrical, industrial and engineers generally
- Construction workers
- Railroad workers
- Demolition & wrecking crews
- Masonry workers
- Steel mill workers
- Furnace, smelter & pourer workers
However, more recently, office workers and home renovators (DIY) have also been exposed to asbestos.
People who have been exposed to asbestos may develop conditions such as asbestos related lung cancer, Mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plaques and pleura thickening.
Paul Glanville is the National Practice Development Leader of the Slater and Gordon Chest & Asbestos Disease Group and who was previously with specialist asbestos litigation law firm, John Pickering and Partners said, ‘It's our aim to make sure that asbestos victims have access to the best possible legal advice from specialist asbestos compensation lawyers. The creation of the APIL accredited asbestos disease specialist will help us to realise this goal.’
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