Every year thousands of people across the UK are affected by an asbestos related disease. These are thankfully reducing due to the non-prolific use of asbestos now, however for many tradespeople, manual workers and engineers, asbestos exposure in the workplace would have been inevitable during the last 50 years due to its widespread use
Anyone exposed to asbestos may be at risk of developing an asbestos related disease which will typically arise between 10 and 40 years after the period of exposure.
Asbestos is a fibrous material, widely used in construction, engineering, automotive and shipbuilding industries. When the fibres become airborne, they can be inhaled which can possibly lead to asbestos related conditions arising many years after exposure.
In the South West of England over the last 2 decades some sectors have been more affected than others. These have included shipwrights, construction workers, plumbers, electricians and carpenters as well as significant proportion of our local population who worked in the Plymouth dockyard.
We are also aware now that more women are being diagnosed with asbestos related diseases than previously as many of them had worked in public buildings such as hospitals or factories which would have contained asbestos or they were exposed by the asbestos fibres being brought into the family home on their partner’s clothing after working with the mineral all day.
Symptoms to look out for include shortness of breath, chest pains, reduced stamina, weight loss and hot and cold fevers. A lot of these symptoms are very similar to Covid-19 symptoms, however if you have ever worked in an environment where asbestos was present this could potentially be the cause.
We have brought many successful asbestos claims forward for people who have worked in both local and national industries such as those within the local dockyard, power stations, train depots, boiler rooms and old factories.
If you have ever been in contact with asbestos, then please contact us and we will keep you updated with any developments in this field.
If you have worked with asbestos and have been diagnosed as having an asbestos related condition, we will be able to assist you in bringing a claim forward for the compensation you require as well as assisting you with any benefit applications you may be entitled to. All work is completed on a No Win No Fee basis to ensure there is no risk to you of having to pay any costs for representation.
Fortunately, most people who worked with asbestos are lucky and never develop any asbestos related disease. For those who do, we will handle your claim with sensitivity and compassion and take pride in representing you to recover compensation for the injustice that you have faced.
For more information about claiming for asbestos disease please contact the specialist asbestos team on 01752 663295.
Associate, Solicitor, Head of the Asbestos Team