Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which was widely used in construction, manufacturing and shipbuilding during the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. It is the only mineral that can be woven into cloth. It was a popular material to use as it was flexible, non-flammable, low heat-conducting and virtually indestructible. Many firms found it to be perfect for uses such as insulation, brake-linings and fire-proofing. However, despite being very useful, it was discovered that asbestos is also very dangerous.
Asbestos is made up of millions of tiny fibres, which can be extremely harmful to humans if inhaled.
Asbestos diseases tend to take a long time to develop – starting from about 20 years to as long as 50 years or more before symptoms begin to show. This means that if you worked with asbestos many years ago, you might be affected without realising it yet. Family members of asbestos workers have also developed the disease, as they have come into contact with the fibres through the worker’s clothing.
There are many different conditions which can be caused by asbestos inhalation which mainly affect the lungs: from pleural plaques (a scarring of the outer lining of the lungs), through to lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Unfortunately, asbestos compensation claims can be very difficult, mostly because the exposure to the asbestos more than likely happened many years ago. This means it can be quite difficult to gather the evidence needed, as well as tracing the employer or employers and the relevant insurance companies.
It is vital with asbestos compensation to obtain expert evidence to prove that the illness that occurred was caused by exposure to asbestos. Medical evidence is usually in the form of X-Rays, scans and lung-function tests leading to a report usually from a Chest Physician. It must never be forgotten that the person who has contracted this disease and their family need to be advised in a sensitive, compassionate and caring manner throughout.
GO-Law has the experience and knowledge required to deal with Asbestos claims in such a manner, on a no win no fee basis.
For a free consultation, contact Justine or Geraint at GO-Law on 01625 523 838.