Asbestos was a material used in construction that was most commonly used from the 1950s through the 1970s and is still in place in many buildings in the UK today. As of 1999, it has been completely banned in the UK. As long as the asbestos is left alone, the material poses no threat to humans. But when asbestos is disturbed, it will release fine dust containing asbestos fibres which are known to cause asbestosis.
Asbestos exposure can result in asbestosis, a serious lung condition that can have life changes effects for some. Asbestosis is an incurable disease, but treatments can help manage the symptoms. If you have developed asbestosis, you may be entitled to claim compensation. If you have been exposed to asbestos as part of your employment you must seek medical advice to obtain the best treatment and the correct diagnosis.
What Industries are Common For Asbestosis Claims?
Building or construction workers, especially between the late 1970s and the 1990s, may have been exposed to asbestos. The material was used a lot for roofing, lagging & insulation commonly used in hospitals, schools, and office buildings.
Nowadays, you’re only likely to come into contact with asbestos if you work in an area where asbestos remains in older buildings. Buildings built before the year 2000 may still have used asbestos during the construction. As a result, professionals, homeowners, and other individuals conducting renovations should keep an eye out for common areas where asbestos may be found.
The most common construction industries that make claims for asbestosis are:
- Demolition workers
- General construction workers (labourers)
- General maintenance staff eg caretakers
- Heating and ventilation engineers
- Painters and decorators
- Roofing contractors
The HSE’s Am I at risk section may help you figure out if you are at risk if you worked in the construction industry or are an active worker. If you believe your exposure to asbestos has been caused by your employer’s negligence and would like Tylers to access your case on a No-Win-No-Fee basis, simply start your asbestosis claim today.
Why Can Asbestos be Dangerous?
There is no safe level of asbestos exposure, but it generally has the worst effects if a person is exposed to a high concentration of asbestos or is continuously exposed to it over a long period of time. When asbestos is breathed in, it accumulates in the body with every exposure, and the damage it causes is not reversible.
Once asbestos fibres are airborne, they are easily breathed in and will accumulate in the lungs, increasing the probability of developing an asbestos-related disease. In some cases, victims of asbestos-related diseases may not acquire symptoms for up to twenty years after exposure to this naturally occurring mineral.
Scientists have linked asbestos exposure with multiple diseases, including cancers. Mesothelioma is almost exclusively linked to exposure to asbestos. Asbestos can also cause ovarian cancer lung cancer and laryngeal cancer.
If your asbestos-related disease has been caused through no fault of your own, you may have a valid asbestosis claim and could be compensated for your injuries. It’s in your best interest to seek legal advice from an experienced solicitor who will fight to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact our expert panel of solicitors at Tylers who will assess your case on a No-Win-No-Fee basis. Don’t hesitate to start your asbestosis claim, we have helped many achieve the compensation they deserved and we can help you too.
Asbestos In The Home
If you are looking to make renovations or DIY improvements within your property and you rent your home, you may be able to find places where asbestos is located by reviewing your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), homeowners can also find the same information using their Energy Performance Certificate if the property has been bought/sold after August 2007. Knowing where asbestos is within your home will reduce the risk of damaging the asbestos as well as reducing the potential of releasing dangerous fibres into the air.
Asbestos In Commercial Premises
You may be responsible for managing asbestos in commercial properties if you’re the landlord, tenant, or managing agent, unless your lease or contract says otherwise.
As part of your responsibilities you should:
- Locate asbestos (you’ll likely need an independent asbestos surveyor).
- Make a record of what you find and have the material analysed.
- Carry out a health and safety risk assessment to ensure the risk of exposure is reduced.
- Make sure anyone who may come in contact with the area, such as builders, are aware of the asbestos.
- Make sure that anything that contains asbestos is kept in good condition, have it sealed or possibly remove from the property.
If you are responsible for managing asbestos in commercial premises and you fail to uphold your responsibilities, you could face a fine of up to £20,000 and/or imprisonment of up to 2 years.
If your employer, landlord or managing agent never made you aware of the risk of asbestos exposure and you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, you may be entitled to make an asbestosis claim. Our panel of expert solicitors have helped many people achieve the compensation they deserve for their asbestosis injuries, we can help you too, simply start your asbestosis claim with the help from Tylers today.
How Much Compensation Will I Get for Asbestosis Compensation?
Asbestosis compensation for severe cases will range from £50,000-£1,000,000 + and are usually cases that caused serious disability where the asbestosis progression can lead to or result in premature death. Moderate cases where asbestosis has an impact on lung infection thereby having an effect on social, physical activity and social life, the compensation for asbestosis will range from £10,000-£50,000.
How Can I Tell If I’m Suffering From Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic lung ailment that is commonly characterised by a scarring of lung tissue due to the accumulation of asbestos fibres in the lungs. Asbestosis can be diagnosed decades later after initial exposure. The symptoms of asbestosis can vary, but it usually includes laboured breathing during routine tasks and exercises, prolonged coughing and increased levels of chest pain.
You should visit your doctor if you have symptoms of asbestosis and suspect asbestos exposure. The doctor will examine your lungs and ask you about your work history. If asbestosis is suspected, they may refer you to a lung disease specialist for additional tests. Asbestosis can’t be cured once it’s developed, since lung damage from it will be irreversible, although some treatments can help.
If you have developed asbestosis as a result of workplace exposure and would like Tylers to assess your case on a No-Win-No-Fee basis, simply contact our team today to start your asbestosis claim.
Asbestosis Compensation Claims Calculator
If you have worked in industries such as plumbing and demolition for years, there’s a chance that you have been exposed to asbestosis. This can cause lung cancer and shortness of breath. If you’re looking to find out a rough estimate of how much you could be owed for your case, use Tylers simple asbestosis compensation calculator below!
Minor Asbestos-Related Disease Compensation Amounts
If you have suffered from minor asbestosis related illnesses, you could be owed compensation. If you have been near asbestos and it’s resulted in shortness of breath, you could be able to claim. In these instances, it normally affects less than 10% of your lung tissue but can still have some sort of affect on pleural thickening.
£12,500 to £28,500
Moderate Asbestos-Related Disease Compensation Amounts
Moderate asbestos-related diseases are commonly dealt with at Tylers. In these instances, the pleural thickening in the lungs may be slightly more serious and it could result in severe breathlessness that may impact your daily activities.
£29,000 to £75,500
Serious Asbestos-Related Disease Compensation Amounts
In these instances, more serious conditions are diseases are a result of asbestos. If you have recently been diagnosed with lung cancer and its severely affecting your life, you could be entitled to make a claim. Contact our team and we can help you get the money you deserve.
£53,500 to £73,000
Severe Asbestos-Related Disease Compensation Amounts
In these instances, severe asbestos-related diseases can cause longer term and potentially fatal impacts on your life. Mesothelioma of the lungs is common in these severe cases, as well as experiencing long-term severe pain and potential surgery needed on the heart.
Up to £95,700
Frequently Asked Questions
Is There an Asbestosis Test That I Can Take?
Because X-Rays alone cannot detect the microscopic asbestos fibres in the body, the most reliable test for Asbestosis is a lung biopsy. This involves the surgical removal of some lung tissue which is then subjected to a battery of tests to confirm the presence of these fibres that leads to asbestosis. Further to this, lung function tests, a complete physical examination and chest X-rays may also be used to determine or clarify certain symptoms of factors for asbestosis.
Is Tylers a No-Win, No-Fee Asbestosis Solicitor?
Due to the nature of the asbestosis compensation cases, many sufferers tend to prefer having their cases handled by a solicitor who will only demand a previously agreed upon percentage of the compensation once the asbestosis claim goes through. The reasons for this are quite obvious as first, and foremost asbestosis patients need to safeguard and use their financial resources wisely, and secondly this will ensure that asbestosis attorneys only take on cases they strongly believe can win the trial. If you are suffering from Asbestosis then kindly get in touch with us by calling 0800 699 0079 or emailing email@example.com
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