If you have worked with asbestos in the past, you are likely to have been exposed to harmful asbestos particles, fine dust and fibres. When the asbestos fibres are breathed in, the asbestos particles enter the lungs and gradually damage them over time. For a case of asbestosis to develop, prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres is necessary.
If you have worked in the building and construction industries, in shipbuilding, power plants, metal works or chemical plants, it is possible that you may have been exposed to asbestos and be at risk of developing asbestosis. Common signs of asbestosis include shortness of breath, a persistent cough, wheezing, fatigue, chest pains or swollen fingertips. If you have any of these symptoms, you should see your GP, who will be able to arrange further investigations and give you a formal diagnosis.
If you have already been diagnosed with asbestosis, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation from your current or former employer, even if they are no longer trading. If you have contracted asbestosis from being exposed to it at work, your employer has failed in their duty to protect you from harm, leaving you with permanently damaged lungs, a painful health condition and the increased risk of developing lung cancer.
There are four main diseases caused by asbestos; they are mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural plaque. They are all devastating and debilitating conditions and should you be diagnosed with any of these conditions as a result of being exposed to asbestos during the course of your working life, you are within your rights to make a legal claim for industrial disease compensation. GO Law have considerable experience with making successful industrial disease claims on behalf of their clients, on a no win, no fee basis.
In addition to making a compensation claim, you may also be entitled to industrial injuries disablement benefit. This is a weekly benefit paid to people who have developed asbestosis whilst in employment. Your local Job Centre will be able to help and advise you regarding making a claim for this benefit.
All employers in industries where staff are likely to be exposed to asbestos have a considerable duty of care towards their employees; making sure proper training and robust procedures are in place, as well as ready access to protective clothing and masks is essential.
This year, September 1st was National Asbestos Awareness Day, a day to raise awareness not only of the asbestos-related illnesses – mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural plaque, but also of the continued risk that asbestos poses to people in the workplace and even in their own homes. Asbestosis is a devastating disease if you have been affected; it’s time to claim the compensation and justice you deserve.
If you have asbestosis or another work related disease, or perhaps you want to know how to claim for an industrial disease, then please call Justine or Geraint at GO- Law Solicitors, based in Wilmslow/Stockport in the heart of Cheshire we can be contacted on 01625 523 838 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org