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What are the first signs of asbestos poisoning?

View profile for Sarah Masters
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Global asbestos awareness week 1-7 April 2017

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that was used mainly in the construction industry as well as other industries until 1999 when it was banned in the UK. Whilst it is now banned, you can still be exposed to asbestos as it may still remain in buildings constructed or renovated before the year 2000.

Asbestos poses little risk if it is left intact but it if materials containing asbestos are damaged or disturbed then the asbestos fibres can be released into the air. If these asbestos fibres are breathed in then it can cause serious diseases. Asbestos related diseases usually take many years, even decades to present themselves. Even if you have been exposed to asbestos, this does not mean you will definitely develop an asbestos related disease later in life. You are more likely to develop an asbestos related disease if you have repeatedly been exposed to a considerable amount of asbestos over a long period of time.

The first warning signs of asbestos poisoning include:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Swollen fingertips (also known as clubbing)
  3. Fatigue
  4. Wheezing; and
  5. A persistent dry cough.

If you think you have been exposed to asbestos then it is important you speak to your GP. You should give your GP a history of your past jobs with an asbestos risk and ensure your exposure is documented in your medical records.

If you are showing any symptoms of asbestos poisoning then your GP will discuss how to relieve them, decide on what tests you may need and assess whether you should see a specialist.

Whether you feel your injuries are relatively minor or otherwise, if you have worked with asbestos directly or have been exposed to it indirectly and have developed an asbestos related disease as result, you can claim compensation. We can help you claim the compensation you deserve to help you get the treatment and care you need. In addition, it is also possible for us to reserve extra funds in the event that you develop more serious asbestos related diseases in the future. Speak to our specialist industrial disease solicitors today on 0161 696 6235. We fight for the maximum amount of compensation at all times and offer our services on a no win, no fee basis.