Earlier this year, it was reported by The Sun newspaper that one of Britain’s most prominent TV studios was forced to delay many major productions, including The Crown, while health and safety checks are being carried out.

According to reporter’s sources, parts of Elstree Studios was found to contain a high level of dangerous fibres, with large sections of the building containing asbestos. This reported discovery caused producers to pause filming on multiple shows until it was confirmed that the studio was suitable for work again. Strictly Come Dancing will reportedly not be affected as it is filmed in a different part of the studios.

When addressing the matter, a spokesperson for Elstree Studios was quoted as saying, “As a precautionary measure, we are arranging asbestos checks in some areas of Elstree Film Studios to ensure they meet health and safety standards.”


The result of inhaling asbestos

Asbestos is a fibre-like material that was commonly used for isolation, flooring, and roofing in construction in the past. Following findings of its impact, the UK officially banned its use in 1999. You can read our previous blog for more information: Is Asbestos Still Used Today?

Although our bodies are designed to filter out harmful components of the air we breathe, this has limitations. Particles less than five micrometres are likely to make it to our alveoli (the innermost part of our lungs), making it very easy for asbestos to infiltrate our lungs and cause harm. 

Once in our lungs, asbestos particles can take on various forms of damage, including:

  • Interfering with our chromosomes’ normal mitosis
  • Causing an uncontrolled division of cells due to inflammation
  • Pleural thickening (a condition which thickens the lung membrane)
  • Forms of cancer such as mesothelioma, lung, gastrointestinal, larynx, and bowel cancer
  • Asbestosis


Can I Make a Compensation Claim for Asbestos Diseases?

If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis or another asbestos related illness within the last three years and have evidence that your diagnosis is due to negligent asbestos exposure, you may have grounds to make a compensation claim for industrial disease.

Asbestosis cases can be complicated both on a medical basis and on the evidence of asbestos dust exposure. You will need to prove that the exposures to asbestos fibres were as a result of the negligence of your employer or another party and that you were exposed to substantial levels of asbestos fibres (for cases prior to 1965) and to significant levels of asbestos (for cases after 1965).


You should also be aware that the 3-year limitation period for starting a compensation claim for an asbestos-related disease starts from the date you were first told that you had been diagnosed with the disease, rather than when you were exposed to asbestos.


Although this may seem difficult to prove, you can be assured that our experienced specialists are aware of the requirements and can successfully lead your case with the necessary medical and legal arguments.

Our specialist Industrial Disease Solicitors have acted for people who have come into contact with asbestos dust through working in many different industries and professions or through exposure to asbestos outside of work, recovering millions of pounds in compensation.


Compensation Claims for Asbestos-related diseases

Larcomes’ friendly and efficient team of specialist industrial disease solicitors has assisted the sufferers of asbestos diseases, and their families to claim compensation for over 25 years. Our team of solicitors is aware of the emotional strain such a diagnosis can put on you and your loved ones and are here to assist you in this daunting and stressful process.

If the company responsible for the asbestos exposure is no longer trading, you and your loved ones could still make a claim. Here at Larcomes, we have access to a wide range of databases which hold records of historic insurance details for companies. This means that when filing a civil claim for compensation, we can trace your employer’s former liability insurer.

In cases where the sufferer dies as a result of asbestos before being able to make a claim, a compensation claim can be brought by the executors or administrators of the deceased’s estate. For this to be possible, the administrators must be able to provide the evidence necessary


Asbestos Claims Solicitors Portsmouth

Larcomes are happy to investigate your asbestos-related illness claim without any obligation. We offer no win – no fee agreements, which gives you the peace of mind that you will not be lumbered with any legal bills from pursuing your claim.

For more information on making a claim for asbestosis or an asbestos-related illness, please call on 023 9244 8100 or make an online enquiry.

If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos, please visit the website of HASAG Asbestos Disease Support (Hampshire Asbestos Support & Awareness Group) for further information and support. Please click here to be taken to their website.