Asbestos Compensation Claims
As expert asbestos solicitors, we have years of experience getting the maximum amount of compensation for people suffering from asbestos related conditions.
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Your Asbestos Compensation Claim with AWH Solicitors
Asbestos-related diseases can affect anyone who breathes in the dust and can take decades to develop following the initial exposure.
At AWH Solicitors, we have managed mesothelioma and asbestosis compensation claims for:
- Workers exposed to asbestos dust, including individuals employed in demolition and insulation
- Wives and children of workers who have developed asbestosis by breathing in the dust
- People who have developed an asbestos related disease by living close to factories where the minerals were present
- Family members claiming on behalf of a deceased sufferer of asbestosis
Regardless of the cause of your asbestos related disease and length of time since your exposure to the substance, AWH Solicitors can help you to pursue a claim against the responsible party.
Even if the organisation is no longer in business, we will be able to contact their insurance provider so that you receive the full asbestosis related disease compensation for any setbacks you have suffered.
Workers exposed to asbestos fibres can develop:
Asbestosis is an incurable condition that has a long latency period from inhalation of the fibre to presentation of first symptoms.
It is scarring of the lung which inhibits the take up of oxygen leaving sufferers increasingly breathless and can be fatal.
The condition is a dose related condition and a Claimant must prove that they have sustained heavy exposure.
Mesothelioma is a tumour of the abdominal cavity lining (peritoneum) or in the lining of the lung (pleura).
Time from exposure to first presentation of symptoms can reach 20 years however upon diagnosis life expectancy is very short and can range from one to three years.
Mesothelioma is a painful and debilitating condition.
Lung cancer can be caused by exposure to asbestos with symptoms usually presenting, on average, 10 years later.
The condition is indistinguishable to that caused by smoking however smoking in addition to exposure increases the chances of developing the disease.
Pleural plaques does not usually cause any symptoms and is a thickening of the lining of the lung in certain parts.
People with the disease are no longer permitted to compensation in England following the case of Johnston v NEI International Combustion Ltd.
Pleural plaques can heighten the risk of developing other conditions such as mesothelioma.
Diffuse thickening of the pleura is a condition whereby both the inner and outer layers of the lung lining become thickened.
This restricts the ability of the lungs to expand which causes breathlessness in the sufferer.
The disease usually develops 15-20 years after exposure.
Inhalation of asbestos fibres over a period of time is likely to cause a variety of debilitating illnesses and diseases, however, in theory one single fibre is enough to cause a life threatening condition.
What can Cause Asbestosis Symptoms?
Exposure to asbestos, whether at work or at home, can lead to asbestosis.
The breathing condition is caused by previous inhalation at work, exposure to dust from a family member who worked with asbestos or by living near an asbestos factory.
Regardless of the reason, asbestosis sufferers are often entitled to claim asbestos compensation for any health and financial setbacks that they have sadly suffered.
Asbestosis will often develop years and even decades after a person has been exposed to the fibres.
Many of its warning signs are also associated with other respiratory problems, which can lead to sufferers remaining unaware of the severity of their health condition in its early stages.
If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, the most common asbestosis symptoms to look out for include:
Shortness of breath
This is one of the main warning signs. The long-term inhalation of asbestos fibres can cause the pleural wall to become scarred, calcified or inflamed, resulting in pleural thickening or effusion.
These can constrict lung movement and leave a person short of breath.
Tiredness and fatigue
The scarring and inflammation of lungs can also reduce the ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide, which can lead to a reduction in lung function and subsequently cause fatigue.
Crackling when breathing
Lung inflammation and scarring can make it difficult for oxygen to enter the blood, which can lead to the development of a dry crackling noise as a person inhales.
A doctor will use a stethoscope to listen out for the sound in order to determine whether or not their patient has asbestosis.
When the lungs fail to fully oxygenate blood, this can cause the heart to work much harder and in turn, lead to an increase in blood pressure.
A rise in blood pressure can also bring about a build-up of fluid around the heart and lungs, which can cause asbestosis sufferers to develop swelling in the neck and face.
Loss of weight
Fluid can also develop in the abdomen, which can lead to bloating and tenderness. This can cause a loss of appetite and potential weight loss.
The severity and frequency of asbestosis symptoms can differ from person to person.
Therefore, we would recommend that you seek medical advice as soon as you or someone close to you starts to develop breathing problems in order to gain an official diagnosis and medical care straight away.
What asbestosis compensation are you entitled to?
When handling your claim, AWH Solicitors will make every effort to ensure that you are fully compensated for the impact asbestosis has on your health and wellbeing, considering:
- Past, present and potential future pain and suffering
- Previous medical costs, financial losses and lost earnings
- Future medical treatment, support and equipment you may need
- Financial concerns you may face in the future, often caused by an inability to work
As we start to build your asbestosis compensation claim, a dedicated solicitor will take the time to listen to you and learn about your circumstances.
This can give us the opportunity to tailor our approach around you and secure you a pay-out that is based on your personal requirements.
Are you entitled to asbestos compensation?
The law in this area of industrial disease is complex and has often been contested by the insurers of defendant companies.
Matters arise from former employees of the industrial and port sectors although there have been cases made by the spouses who have been exposed by washing work clothes for example.
Usually sufferers have worked for more than one employer and it is necessary to apportion exposure however in the case of mesothelioma the liability of the potential defendants is joint and several.
This means that in a situation where only one former employer can be traced it is the responsibility of them to meet the whole claim and not just on an apportioned basis.
We can assist you or your family in dealing with an asbestos related matter if you believe you have been exposed to the substance or if you have been diagnosed with one or more for the asbestos related conditions listed above.
Contact AWH Solicitors for your Initial Consultation Today
If you have some unanswered questions or feel like you need further information on where to turn next, please feel free to call us on 0844 414 0667, or request a call back for a time suited to you.
Our specialists in asbestos related illness compensation are committed to helping people affected by the various conditions that are cause.
We will therefore provide you with a free initial consultation to discuss all the options available and whether or not it would be in your best interests to pursue a claim for compensation.
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