If you’ve been diagnosed with asbestosis, you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Slater and Gordon has a team of experts who specialise in asbestos related disease and can provide you with all the necessary advice to pursue a claim. If you or a family member has been diagnosed with asbestosis, call our team of experts on freephone 0800 884 0275 or contact us online for free advice.
Asbestosis is a form of scarring of the lungs caused by a large amount of exposure to asbestos dust. Scarring, also known as fibrosis, makes it difficult for the lungs to work effectively, which can cause mild to severe breathlessness.
Symptoms don’t usually develop until many years after exposure to asbestos dust. However, if symptoms do develop, they may include shortness of breath, fatigue and persistent coughing.
A diagnosis of asbestosis will usually be made by a chest consultant following investigations which normally include x-rays and a CT scan.
If an x-ray shows some shadowing, the consultant may ask for the patient to have a CT scan which takes pictures of the inside of the body and provides much more information.
Some conditions look similar on an x-ray to asbestosis and therefore the consultant would take a history of the patient’s asbestos exposure before diagnosing them with asbestosis.
Many people think that asbestosis is cancer but it’s not. There is however a risk that people suffering from asbestosis may go on to develop either asbestos related lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Those suffering from asbestosis will be monitored regularly and if symptoms progress, treatment such as steroids or oxygen may be offered.
You need to prove that you were negligently exposed to large quantities of asbestos dust In order to bring a claim for asbestosis. It’s often the case that those suffering from asbestosis have worked with the substance or worked in close proximity to someone who works with the substance.
Those most at risk are those who worked in trades such as joinery, plumbing, engineering, lagging or working on dockyards.
Living nearby a workplace years ago which used high quantities of asbestos or nearby a demolition site of a building which contained asbestos dust is another way in which you may be exposed to large quantities of asbestos dust.
We’ve also had many clients who’ve developed asbestosis from washing their husband’s clothes and overalls which were covered in asbestos dust.
We’ve also seen recently an increase of people who have worked in schools which contained asbestos.
There are many ways in which you may have been exposed to asbestos. If you’re unsure whether you have a claim, contact one of our specialists who will provide free expert advice.
It’s often the case that the company which caused the negligent exposure to asbestos has gone out of business given that the exposure took place many years ago. However, compensation is actually sought from companies’ liability insurers.
We have an extensive database of companies’ liability insurers together with a team of experts who are experts in tracing insurance companies. Once we find the insurers, we’ll be able to pursue a claim.
Most of our cases are dealt with on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis which means that if your case is unsuccessful, you will not have to pay anything. To read more about how ‘No Win No Fee’ agreements work, click here.
All asbestos related illness cases can be complex given that exposure happened so long ago. It may be difficult to recall details of the exposure and find witnesses to help, as well as tracing the company’s liability insurers. This is why you need experts in this area of law to deal with your case.
Slater and Gordon’s team of experts have a vast amount of knowledge and experience. During the many years our lawyers have been working with sufferers of industrial disease, we’ve been involved in some of the most important and ground-breaking industrial disease cases.
Our experts, in offices across the UK, are not only experienced, but dedicated to ensuring that they get the best possible outcome to your case. If there are any worries or concerns, they’ll provide you with peace of mind.
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