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Asbestosis is an incurable lung condition linked with prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres, which causes chronic shortness of breath.

If you have been exposed to asbestos as a result of a former employer or other responsible individual’s negligence, you may be able to make an asbestosis compensation claim.

Last updated on July 21st, 2021

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Asbestos Claims – Who asbestos effects

Far from being an historical problem, around 4000 people die each year in the UK from an asbestos related disease.

Mesothelioma lung cancer asbestosis and pleural thickening are the four main killers diseases which can be contracted from even low-level contact with asbestos.

While longsince prohibited from use in the building industry it can still be found in any structure that was built or refurbished before 2000.

Young generation of tradesmen most at risk from asbestos

Naturally it is the younger generation of electricians joiners and plumbers who are most at risk due to a combination of the nature of their work and also the perception that asbestos is not a threat in the twenty first century.

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Asbestosis – The hidden killer

The ‘Hidden Killer’ website by the HSE debunks myths and provides facts and advice on how to deal with asbestos.

There are interactive sections too with a quiz to test knowledge of asbestos risks.

The HSE have also increased the number of additional classroom hours by 4000 over the past few years, to educate the British workforce on the dangers.

Extent of asbestos risk still not clear

Given the potential scale of the problem there are calls for a national audit of all public buildings including schools to ascertain the exact scale of the risks posed by the killer dust.

Asbestos has claimed more than 40,000 lives from mesothelioma since 1960 and sadly the rate of new cases coming to light is ever increasing.

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How much compensation can I claim for an accident at work?

Read our accident at work legal guides to understand your legal rights and how much compensation you may be able to claim.

Making an asbestosis claim

If you or a member of your family has become seriously ill due to contact with asbestos please contact our accident at work solicitors today to discuss your claim free of charge with a specialist Industrial Diseases solicitor.

In order to make a successful asbestosis compensation claim, you will be required to demonstrate that a former employer or supervisor was responsible for exposing you to asbestos dust, and therefore indirectly caused your illness.

Your employer, or the person responsible for your safety at the time of the initial asbestos exposure, has a duty to ensure that you are protected from the harmful effects of asbestos dust. If they breached that duty, it is highly likely you will be able to claim financial compensation, helping you pay for on-going treatment and compensating you for the pain and suffering caused by the disease.

How much compensation could I claim for asbestos exposure?

Asbestosis sufferers are typically awarded between £26,500 and £58,000 financial compensation for their illness. In addition to this lump sum, it may also be possible to claim for other financial losses incurred as a result of your illness, such as:

  • Loss of earnings, past or future
  • Loss of pension entitlement
  • Private medical and rehabilitation treatment
  • Cost of medication, long term care or essential aids and appliances
  • Travelling expenses incurred during your case

The experienced asbestosis solicitors at Express will advise you of the potential of your claim, giving you a more detailed forecast of the amount of compensation you could be awarded during a free initial consultation.

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Asbestosis has an extremely long incubation period; sometimes as many as 50 years can pass between the initial asbestos exposure and the manifestation of symptoms. Thus if you have developed asbestosis later in life it may still be possible to claim compensation, even if the person responsible for your asbestos exposure is a former employer or supervisor.

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