Asbestos is a natural yet harmful substance used widely before the 1970’s to help insulate buildings. Unfortunately it was discovered years later that exposure to the substance led to serious medical conditions and can even be fatal. Therefore an asbestos claims solicitor can help victims of conditions related to exposure receive compensation.
Asbestos related health problems begin when high concentrations of asbestos fibres are inhaled into the lungs. This is normally associated with workmen exposed to the substance on a day-to-day basis but even minimal exposure is enough to cause serious health repercussions. It is fair to say though that the higher the exposure time and the higher concentration levels, the increased chance of developing health problems.
People who suffer from asbestos related illnesses have usually come into contact with asbestos during the course of their working life. In such cases an industrial disease claim for compensation may be possible. Employers and authorities have insurance in place to provide compensation for asbestos victims, who through no fault of their own are suffering from serious health difficulties.
Types of Asbestos Disease:
- Asbestos induced lung cancer
- Diffuse pleural thickening / pleural plaques
Asbestosis is a chronic and permanent lung condition where tissue in the lower lung itself is scarred. It is a type of pulmonary fibrosis. A symptom of asbestosis is a stiffening of the lungs, not allowing them to contract and expand as normal.
Mesothelioma is the rarest and most serious of all the asbestos related cancers. It can be caused from extensive or minimal exposure to asbestos but can take a long time to develop, usually from between 20 to 50 years. It is a cancer of the lung stemming from the sac lining of the chest (pleura) or the abdomen (peritoneum). Although incurable, a variety of treatments are used to prolong and enhance the quality of life.
Asbestos induced lung cancer is similar to mesothelioma in its latency period, between 20 – 50 years. It is used to describe cases of lung cancer where exposure to asbestos is thought to be a contributing factor in the development of the disease.
Diffuse pleural thickening / pleural plaques are non-cancerous asbestos induced diseases. They are caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres causing tissue scar damage to the pleura, a two-layered membrane that surrounds the lungs.
All these diseases are caused by exposure –whether extensive or minimal – to asbestos. People who make asbestos compensation claims are often concerned about the financial implications involved but all claims through Ashley Ainsworth are on a strictly no win, no fee basis. Claiming for asbestos and asbestosis compensation can go a long way in helping you live a good standard of life that has obviously been seriously affected by your condition. Employers and authorities have insurance in place to provide compensation to victims of asbestos inhalation.
Asbestos Compensation Claim
At Ashley Ainsworth we have vast experience in dealing with asbestos related compensation claims. We can provide you with a top UK asbestos claims solicitor who specialises in the field. They have helped many people before and know exactly the best course of action to get you the compensation package you are entitled too.
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