Asbestosis Claims Solicitors
You have been diagnosed with asbestosis and you would like to seek compensation to support you and your loved ones. You may have previously worked in the asbestos industry itself, or you may have been a former dock, construction or demolition worker. You may even have been exposed to asbestos dust more recently when working with old buildings or equipment.
How we can help…
Your condition may have been caused by light exposure to asbestos dust over several years or by heavy exposure over a period of weeks or months. Your solicitor will help you build a case against the employer responsible for exposing you to asbestos, working closely alongside medical experts such as consultant physicians and specialist nurses.
Our clients always come first, so your solicitor will ensure your case progresses in a timely manner, supporting you throughout the process.
You may be eligible to receive further financial support as a sufferer of asbestosis – your solicitor will be able to take you through the process of applying for welfare benefits.
The team is one of very few asbestos illness specialists in the UK. Your solicitor will work with you to progress your case through home visits or by telephone, Skype or email, both inside and outside normal working hours.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a lung condition caused by exposure to asbestos dust over a long period of time, typically over several years. However, it is important to know that asbestosis can also be caused by relatively heavy exposure to asbestos dust (for example mixing lagging paste) over a short period of weeks or months. When the dust is breathed in, the asbestos fibres can get stuck in the lungs and can gradually damage them over time.
Asbestosis was regularly suffered by workers in the asbestos industry, dock workers, building or construction workers, workers spraying asbestos paint and demolition workers – particularly in the 1970s-90s. Anyone today who works with old buildings or equipment and may disturb or damage asbestos should also be aware of the risk of breathing in dust.
Asbestos was gradually phased out of new usage until it was finally banned in 1999.
What are the symptoms of asbestosis?
Symptoms of asbestosis may include: shortness of breath; a persistent cough; wheezing; extreme tiredness, or pain in your chest or shoulder. In more advanced cases, individuals may suffer from clubbed (swollen) fingertips. If you have any of the symptoms above and think you may have been exposed to asbestos, you should see your GP urgently. Your GP will listen to your lungs and ask about your work history. They may refer you to a specialist in lung diseases for more tests if asbestosis is suspected. Tests may include: a chest X-ray; a CT scan of the lungs, and lung function tests to see how well your lungs are working.
How is asbestosis treated?
There's currently no cure for asbestosis once it has developed, however there are some treatments that can help relieve symptoms and make day to day living easier. Treatments and therapy can include: pulmonary rehabilitation – a programme of exercise sessions, discussion and advice to help you manage your symptoms; or oxygen therapy – breathing in oxygen-rich air from a machine or tank to help improve breathlessness if your blood oxygen levels are low.
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