Asbestosis compensation claims
Our industrial disease solicitors have extensive experience in handling asbestosis compensation claims and can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with asbestosis, contact our expert solicitors and get your asbestosis compensation claim underway. Initial advice is free and claims can be handled on a no win, no fee basis, call us 0203 816 0065 for more information.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is not the same as mesothelioma, there are a few distinct differences. The main one being that asbestosis is not a form of cancer, but rather a chronic respiratory disease that is caused by exposure to asbestos. Once inhaled asbestos fibres cause lung scarring and eventual stiffness of the lungs, which prevents the sufferer from taking in deep breaths due to the fact lungs lose their elasticity.
Although asbestosis is not a cancer, studies have shown that patients are far more likely to develop lung cancer and mesothelioma as a result. There are a myriad of long term complications associated with asbestosis and unfortunately there is no cure.
Who does asbestosis affect?
Asbestosis has been known to affect people in the following types of employment:
- Boilermakers and welders
- Joiners, carpenters and builders
- Pipe fitters and plumbers
Asbestosis has also been known to affect people who have not worked around asbestos. People who have developed asbestosis through exposure to fibres by washing a family member’s clothes and those who have lived near a factory where asbestos was regularly used are also entitled to claim compensation.
Due to our work with asbestosis sufferers and the asbestos compensation claims our solicitors have handled we are aware of the majority of symptoms asbestosis carries with it. We would always recommend you seek professional medical advice, but the following symptoms can be used as a guide.
Patients may feel or suffer from:
- A shortness of breath - this may only be noticeable after activity at first but may become an increasing problem at moments of rest
- Persistent coughing
- Extreme tiredness and fatigue
- Chest pains
What treatments are available?
Unfortunately there is no cure for asbestosis, as it is impossible to repair or reverse the effect asbestos fibres have on the lungs.
There are oxygen therapy treatments which will benefit those who have a severe case of asbestosis and sometimes a small portable oxygen tank will be supplied for those who have trouble breathing, for use when leaving the home.
It is strongly advised that you do not smoke as this will exacerbate the symptoms of asbestosis.
Due to the severe nature of asbestosis, it is vital that you have a team of solicitors fighting for your right to compensation to ensure you have access to any and all treatments that you may need.
What if my employer has gone out of business?
If the employer responsible for your exposure to asbestosis has ceased operations or gone out of business, you can still claim compensation for your injuries. It’s important you contact the expert solicitors at Stephensons as soon as possible so we can pursue a claim on your behalf by claiming through the insurance company associated with your employer at the time of exposure.
Can I claim?
Whether you feel your injuries are relatively minor or otherwise, contact our asbestosis compensation claim solicitors as soon as possible. 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.
We will help prove that you were exposed to asbestos due to someone else’s negligence and pursue a compensation claim on your behalf, supporting and guiding you through the entire process.
If you have worked with asbestos directly or have been exposed to it indirectly and have developed asbestosis as result, you can claim compensation.
What should I do next?
Call us immediately, our industrial disease solicitors have a proven track record in claiming compensation for those who have developed asbestosis and understand how important it is to pursue a claim for yourself and for your family.
We fight for the maximum amount of compensation at all times and offer our services on a no win, no fee basis.
All it takes to start your claim is a conversation with one of our expert asbestosis and mesothelioma compensation claim solicitors, where you will be provided with some free initial no obligation legal advice. Call us on 0203 816 0065 or complete our online enquiry form and get the compensation you deserve.