Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Claims
Have you been diagnosed with asbestosis? Claims National is an industrial disease specialist who can provide you with free help and advice in relation to making a compensation claim for industrial asbestosis.
Asbestosis is where scarring of the lungs occurs, caused by exposure to and inhalation of asbestos fibres. The scarring will gradually become worse and symptoms can often include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, and sometimes weight loss. Asbestosis can be a contributing factor in lung cancer.
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer which can be caused by a single asbestos fibre entering and embedding in the lining of your organs which may cause a malignant tumour to form. Fibres can become embedded in the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), the heart (pericardial mesothelioma) and stomach (peritoneal mesothelioma).
Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma and victims may only have a short period of time to live after their diagnosis. Although mesothelioma is a terminal illness, treatments such as chemotherapy and radiotherapy may be considered.
There are two main types of mesothelioma; pleural and peritoneal. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma, and is caused by asbestos fibres being inhaled into your lungs. Breathing becomes difficult and painful, as a tumour forms on the lining of the lungs.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is a less common type of mesothelioma, which is also caused by asbestos fibres. However, a tumour is formed on the lining of the abdominals rather than the lungs in this case, preventing it from functioning properly.
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Who is at risk of Asbestosis and Mesothelioma?
Men are more prone to the development of Mesothelioma, due to the simple fact that most victims gain this illness through working in places such as shipyards, building sites, power stations, railway workshops, and other factories where asbestos was lingering.
The most common professions with risk of asbestosis and mesothelioma are:
- Electrical engineers
- Heating engineers
- Construction workers
- Vehicle mechanics
- Workers producing asbestos products
What are the symptoms of Asbestosis?
The symptoms of asbestosis often only appear after 15-20 years after the initial exposure to asbestos. Symptoms begin gradually, and may become more noticeable over a few years. Common symptoms are developing a shortness of breath, which is usually after physical activity, but can occur when resting as well, coughing, wheezing, chest pain, swelling in the fingers.
Can I claim compensation for Asbestosis and Mesothelioma?
Because these diseases take time to develop and for symptoms to become noticeable, often the employer or person you would make a claim against are no longer around. This means that a claim is complicated. Medical evidence is required, and your solicitor will appoint a medical expert to show that the condition was caused by exposure to a particular substance. Despite the complications of a claim for Asbestosis and Mesothelioma, most are successful.
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If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis or mesothelioma, it is important that you contact a solicitor who specialises in industrial illness as soon as possible. Solicitors at Claims National can track down the insurance company of the employer responsible for your illness, and if there is sufficient evidence, can help you claim for the compensation you deserve.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which was mined by the Ancient Greeks and Romans, before becoming increasingly popular in the 19th century. It was then commonly used in the building trade as an additive to cement. It was then used in the car industry as brakes, and in the engineering industry as a lagging for pipes and boilers, as the dangers of asbestos were unknown. This means that boiler makers and contractors are at a high risk of developing asbestosis and/or mesothelioma. Electricians also worked alongside asbestos lagging and are therefore also at a risk of developing these illnesses. Joiners, carpenters and builders often saw, drill, fix and replace asbestos cement boards, which are placed in partition walls, suspended ceilings, flooring, roof tiles and thermal insulation. Chipping at asbestos releases asbestos fibres which cause these illnesses, putting people of these professions at risk of developing these illnesses, too. Asbestos was also frequently used in brake pads and clutches on vehicles, meaning that motor mechanics are also at risk of developing asbestos related illnesses. Pipe fitters and plumbers’ nature of work is to drill through walls as well as cutting and assembling sections of pipes, which may contain asbestos. People of these professions are therefore also at risk of developing these illnesses.