Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2018

Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2018

Global Asbestos Awareness Week this year is to be held between 01st and 07th April and is intended to help promote awareness across the UK and the rest of the world for not just the people that have been exposed to asbestos and contracted an asbestos related illness such as Mesothelioma, Pleural Thickening, Asbestosis or Lung Cancer but also to raise awareness of the issue for family members who may be aware that a relative has been previously exposed to asbestos.

It is unfortunately all too common that workers who have been exposed to asbestos typically put their symptoms down to natural aging as these symptoms can take between 30 and 50 years to present themselves. Symptoms of asbestos exposure typically include becoming breathless easily and experiencing fatigue when completing simple tasks, both of which are commonly linked to natural aging however where there has been a history of previous asbestos exposure it is essential to check whether these symptoms are related to the asbestos as soon as possible.

Fortunately in the South West the use of asbestos is now minimal however the use of asbestos here in the South West was widespread between the 1950s and the 1970s, with the Dockyard in Devonport being one of the main offenders. Most of the people that worked in the Dockyard during this period would have been exposed to asbestos.

“Unfortunately a large percentage of our client’s have either been exposed to asbestos whilst working in the Dockyard here in Plymouth or have worked at dockyards or in other industry in other parts of the country and have then retired to the South West, only for the symptoms relating to the previous asbestos exposure to take hold”

“A large number of Dockyard workers within the South West have already been diagnosed with Pleural Plaques which confirms beyond any doubt the presence of asbestos within the Dockyard. Although this condition is no longer compensatable it is indisputable evidence that someone was once exposed to asbestos and they should therefore be aware that if this condition develops they are of course entitled to bring a claim forward for compensation, which can be substantial due to the care which can be required as a result.” – Dean Cruickshanks, Asbestos Solicitor.

Wolferstans solicitors are specialists at running asbestos related claims due to their prominence in the local community, their local knowledge of the Dockyard and the excessive historical use of asbestos within the South West which has resulted in hundreds of successful cases being brought forward. If you, a friend, or someone within your family, has worked with asbestos and is suffering from breathlessness, fatigue, a persistent cough or a tight chest, then it is essential that you contact a local specialist solicitor who can assist you in obtaining the care you require, support you by introducing you to the relevant local asbestos support groups as well as obtaining the financial compensation to which you are entitled and deserve.

Wolferstans Solicitors are a local firm of solicitors that has been helping people in the South West for over 200 years. They can be contacted on 01752 663295 or and are happy to visit you at your home and provide free advice on all asbestos and industrial related matters. More information is available on their website which can be found at

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