Asbestos Related Diseases
Asbestos diseases cause severe breathing difficulties at best. Unfortunately, all four main asbestos diseases can also lead to death. Mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure is almost always fatal.
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Asbestos related diseases such as Mesothelioma, Asbestos Lung Cancer, Asbestosis and Pleural Thickening are still being diagnosed today, in victims who were exposed to asbestos many years ago. Exposure to asbestos in the majority of cases, happened in the workplace.
From exposure to asbestos through to the disease manifesting itself and being diagnosed can take many years – usually anything from 20-50 years after exposure to asbestos. This long period is known as ‘the latency period.’
Asbestos diseases need to be handled by solicitors who are experts in asbestos disease compensation claims. At Spencers, we have solicitors with years of experience in dealing with asbestos claims. They understand the needs of asbestos victims and their families. We regularly recover gaining the maximum compensation awards possible for our clients and families.
Asbestos Related Diseases
Asbestosis is a type of pneumoconiosis defined as lung fibrosis caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres. Asbestosis can seriously affect normal daily activity and lead to various complications.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that usually forms in the lungs. More rarely, it forms in the abdomen. Many cases of mesothelioma are diagnosed at an advanced stage as symptoms are non-specific and appear late in the development of the disease. They tend to manifest themselves between 20- and 50-years post exposure. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it's estimated that 85% of all male mesothelioma claims are related to occupational exposures to asbestos.
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Exposure to asbestos can also cause other diseases such as Asbestos-related lung cancer and Pleural Thickening.
Who can I bring an Asbestos claim against?
It is possible to bring a claim for asbestos disease compensation against employers or their insurers for asbestos related conditions, even where employment has ended or the employer is no longer in existence. We are often able to trace the relevant employer's liability insurer and pursue them directly.
If the injured person worked for a company associated with Turner and Newall then there is a special compensation trust setup to handle claims by for employees and their families.
A claim for Industrial disease benefits may also be made from the government using the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979. Claims under this Act of Parliament for Industrial Injuries disablement Benefit (IIDB) may be made subject to a number of conditions, the main one being that the dust related disease was caused by a person’s employment.
Time limits for Asbestos Claims
The time limit for mesothelioma compensation claims is either three years from the condition being diagnosed by a medical professional or three years from the death of the victim. This means it's still possible to claim even if exposure occurred many years ago.
If you are uncertain whether you are still within the time limits for making an asbestos disease claim, then just call our expert asbestos disease solicitors at Spencers, who will be only too pleased to be able to advise you, free of charge, as to whether they think you are able to bring a valid claim. You can call the on 08000 93 00 94, today.
Making a claim for Asbestosis or Asbestos Exposure
Spencers are here to help you make an effective Asbestos compensation claim.
Call us today on 08000 93 00 94 to discuss your claim with one of our advisors, or complete our enquiry form online and we'll call you back. If you're worried about legal fees, don't be. Claims are normally dealt with under a no win no fee arrangement, so if your claim doesn't succeed you won't pay for our work.
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