At Harris Fowler, we have experience of pursuing industrial disease claims on behalf of people who have unfortunately been affected by asbestos related illnesses including mesothelioma.
The dangers of working with Asbestos
From the 1950s until the mid 1980s asbestos was widely used as a building material for multiple purposes in the UK. Intact asbestos materials are technically not dangerous; the real problem arises when asbestos is damaged causing asbestos fibres to become airborne and subsequently inhaled by anyone nearby.
When these fibres are inhaled through the lung tissue they trigger an inflammatory reaction which can ultimately develop into a serious disease. There are four main diseases caused by asbestos: mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.
The effects of asbestos related illnesses don’t tend to appear for many years, often between 25 and 40 years after exposure. The main symptom is shortness of breath and commonly also tiredness, a cough, chest tightness and chest pain. The diagnosis of such an illness will often be given following a chest x-ray and lung function tests where the sufferer has a history of asbestos exposure and persistent symptoms as described.
Although there is no cure for asbestos related illnesses, medication and treatment can be given to help relieve symptoms and improve quality of life. It is of course important to prevent the symptoms becoming worse by avoiding further exposure to asbestos.
What to do if exposed
If you, a family member or friend are concerned that they may have been exposed to asbestos it is important that they see their GP and report this. Your GP should make a record of it (including dates and duration) and should invite you to have regular check-ups or possibly refer you to an appropriate specialist.
We understand the absolute devastation that such illnesses bring not only to the sufferer but also to their family and friends. These are life changing illnesses which sadly often end with the sufferer losing their life. This is why it is important that you have the right solicitors acting so that they not only deal with the legal side of your claim, but can also offer you support and guidance. We strive to take away the stress of pursuing a claim to allow you and your family to focus on each other and living life.
How we can help
If you or a family member have been affected asbestos related illness and would like some free expert advice on pursuing a compensation claim, please contact Martin Thomas on 01823 251515.
It has recently been reported that an employee of Hinkley Point Power Station was exposed to unsafe levels of asbestos and successfully recovered compensation. If you have been similarly affected please contact us for free, local and professional advice.