The importation, supply and use of asbestos has been banned in the UK since 1999. However, before it was banned, asbestos was widely used by various industries and in many products, including insulation material for residential and commercial buildings. Workers in certain industries and professions were at a particularly high risk of exposure. For example, those who worked in shipping, demolition, heat and ventilation engineering, or construction, may have been exposed to higher levels of asbestos.

Without adequate protection, workers who handled asbestos or products made from asbestos could have breathed in the asbestos fibres, endangering themselves to the risks of later developing an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma. Unfortunately, the effect of asbestos continues to devastate lives across the UK today, and many workers continue to be at high risk, especially when working in older buildings, factories, or shipping yards.

In addition, the wide use of asbestos over several decades before it was banned is a risk to those who work in buildings where asbestos materials remain, such as in schools, kitchens, and hospitals.

 

How exposure to asbestos could affect your health

Exposure to high concentrations of asbestos over long periods mainly affects the lungs and can result in a disease called asbestosis, where breathing becomes difficult, and the heart enlarges. Asbestosis may take decades to develop. Asbestosis sufferers are at an increased risk of cancer. Exposure to lower concentrations of asbestos over time may result in a general (diffuse pleural thickening) or localised (pleural plaques) thickening of the lung lining.

 

Asbestos Cancer risks

The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified all forms of asbestos as being carcinogenic to humans. Asbestos causes mesothelioma (type of cancer that forms on the protective tissue that covers the lungs or the abdomen) and cancer of the lung, larynx (voice box) and ovary.

 

Can I Make a Compensation Claim for an Asbestos related disease?

If your diagnosis has been within the last three years, and you believe your asbestos related disease, such as Mesothelioma or Asbestosis, is due to occupational exposure to asbestos dust and fibres, then you may be able to make an industrial disease compensation claim.

Our specialist asbestos claims solicitors have helped many asbestos disease sufferers and their families claim compensation. We are highly experienced in this complex area of law and well used to dealing with the medical and legal arguments needed in these cases.

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

 

Asbestos Claims Solicitors Portsmouth

Larcomes’ friendly and efficient team of specialist industrial disease solicitors has assisted the sufferers of asbestos diseases, and their families claim compensation for well over 25 years. We understand it is a worrying and stressful time when you or someone close to you has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness. We appreciate that making a compensation claim for your illness may be daunting.

Even if the company you were employed by has ceased trading, we may still be able to assist you; if we can trace their former employer’s liability insurer, we may still be able to make a claim.

We have access to a wide range of databases which hold records of historic insurance policies for companies or from the experience of previous claims. If you would like to discuss your asbestos- related disease claim with us, then give us a call on 023 9244 8100 and we will be happy to talk with you or please contact us online.