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Asbestosis Compensation Claims

If you have developed the lung disease asbestosis, we can help you to claim the compensation that you need.  Our no win, no fee solicitors are compassionate experts and will help you with your claim if you are suffering after past exposure to asbestos.

Here at AWH, we understand how devastating asbestosis is. We are highly experienced in helping people like you successfully claim compensation after they have developed the condition as a result of work-related negligence.

The most common asbestosis symptoms are:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Tiredness and fatigue
  3. Crackling sounds when breathing

In addition, you may also experience:

  1. High blood pressure
  2. Swelling in the fingers
  3. Weight loss

If you have these symptoms and believe that you have been exposed to asbestos in your workplace, a visit to your doctor can determine whether you are suffering from the impact of inhaling asbestos fibres.

Get in touch and receive specialised help with starting an asbestosis compensation claim.

Asbestosis  Compensation Claim Support

Supporting You Throughout your Asbestosis Compensation Claim

Our industrial disease solicitors always ensure that you have the best understanding possible of how your claim will progress, and believe that communication with you is very important to maintain throughout the case.

We want help you get the compensation you deserve if you have developed asbestosis from asbestos exposure at work. We can offer you the support and guidance you need during your claim, so you don’t have to worry about any difficult legal matters.

Are you the loved one of someone who has recently passed from asbestosis? We might be able to help you with an asbestosis after death claim.

What is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a long-term, life threatening lung condition. Inhalation of asbestos fibres is the cause of asbestosis and other asbestos related illnesses. Exposure may have happened at work, but exposure to asbestos dust can also come second-hand. Fibres can travel home on workers’ clothes or you may have lived near a workplace where asbestos fibres weren’t handled properly and escaped into the outside air.

It affects the ability to breathe properly, and can therefore make daily life difficult for sufferers of the condition. Unfortunately, if you have developed asbestosis, then it isn’t possible to reverse the damage, and there is no cure for the condition.

If you suffer from asbestosis you also might also be at a higher risk of developing other serious conditions, including lung diseases like lung cancer, mesothelioma and pleural thickening. This is why it is so important to seek medical advice as soon as you notice symptoms of asbestosis.

It’s possible to claim asbestosis compensation if you have developed the lung condition as a result of exposure to asbestos at work. We can help you to pursue a claim.

Asbestosis Symptoms

Asbestosis can often develop years and even decades after exposure to asbestos fibres. Some may not even be aware that they have had a high exposure to asbestos in the past. If you aren’t sure about exposure, but you believe you are suffering from the above symptoms, then you should seek medical advice.

Many of its warning signs are also associated with other respiratory problems, and how severe and frequent symptoms are will differ from person to person.

We recommend that you seek medical advice immediately as soon as you or someone close to you starts to develop breathing problems. This way, you can get an official diagnosis and the medical care you need straight away. Your doctor may make an x-ray scan and use a stethoscope to listen to your lungs. Once diagnosed, our solicitors can help you go through your asbestosis compensation claim.

Asbestosis Symptoms Explained:

  1. Shortness of breath
    Shortness of breath is one of the main warning signs of asbestosis. The long-term inhalation of asbestos fibres can scar and inflame your lungs. This can constrict their movement and leave you short of breath.
  2. Tiredness and fatigue
    The scarring and inflammation of lungs that asbestos causes can also reduce your ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide. This can lead to reduced lung function and leave you feeling tired and fatigued.
  3. Crackling sounds when breathing
    Lung inflammation and scarring can also make it difficult for oxygen to enter your blood, which can cause a dry crackling noise as you inhale.
  4. High blood pressure
    Asbestosis can cause your lungs to fail to fully oxygenate your blood. When this happens, your heart has to work much harder which will lead to an increase in blood pressure.
  5. Swelling
    A rise in blood pressure can also cause a build-up of fluid around the heart and lungs, which can cause your neck and face to swell.
  6. Weight loss
    Asbestosis can cause fluid to develop in your abdominal area, which can lead to bloating and tenderness. This can cause a loss of appetite and potential weight loss.
  7. Asbestosis compensation claims – who was most likely exposed?
    Asbestos was commonly used in many building structures up until the late 1990s, so there are a range of industries in which workers were, and still are, at risk of developing an asbestos related disease like asbestosis.

Those at high risk of asbestosis may have worked in:

  • Plastering
  • Plumbing
  • Ship building
  • Roofing
  • Painting and decorating
  • Mining
  • Engineering
  • Carpentry
  • Building surveying
  • Gas fitting
  • Fire fighting
  • Construction

It’s important to note that this list does not include every single industry where asbestos exposure could have occurred. Even if you were exposed to disturbed asbestos decades ago, you’re still at risk of developing asbestosis and other asbestos related illnesses later in life. There is a 3 year time limit on making a claim from when you develop symptoms, so it is best to contact us as soon as you are aware of your condition.

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We Can Help you Pursue an Asbestosis Compensation Claim

If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical advice immediately. If you are suffering from asbestosis our compensation team can help you with your claims process.

We understand how asbestosis and other asbestos-related illnesses can devastate your life. Our industrial disease team is highly skilled in handling asbestosis claims and will work hard to make sure you get compensation. This includes compensation for any time you have had to take off work leading to financial losses.

We can help you with your asbestosis legal claim. We will work alongside you, supporting you throughout your claim. This way you can be assured of the best possible outcome, so you can move forward with your life.

Get in touch to find out more about how we can help you.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a lung condition that sometimes affects people who have inhaled asbestos fibres, often over a long period of time, at some point in their life.

It can be painful and debilitating, and unfortunately incurable. It most commonly affects people who have worked in certain industries such as ship building and construction.

It is possible to pursue a asbestosis compensation claim if you have previously worked around the substance and have developed asbestosis, and our industrial disease team can help you do so.

How long can you live with asbestosis?

How long you can live with asbestosis varies depending on how much damage has been done to your lungs, at what stage the condition is discovered and whether you have any other related conditions.

Although the condition can sometimes worsen over time, it most cases it progresses very slowly, and sometimes not at all. If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis and want to get an accurate idea of what stage of the illness you are at, you should seek medical advice.

To understand your rights to claim compensation for asbestosis, get in touch.

What causes asbestosis?

Exposure to asbestos is what causes asbestosis. The condition develops after years of exposure to asbestos that has been damaged and disturbed, causing tiny harmful fibres to be released.

Many people suffer from asbestosis years, even decades, after they have been exposed to asbestos fibres in their workplace.

Is asbestosis the same as mesothelioma?

No, asbestosis is not the same as mesothelioma. Asbestosis and mesothelioma share a lot of the same symptoms, however mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive form of cancer.

The life expectancy for mesothelioma sufferers is also a lot shorter than those with asbestosis. Asbestosis sufferers might be at higher risk of developing mesothelioma, though, so should bear this in mind and ensure to attend regular medical check ups.

Can asbestosis be cured?

No, unfortunately there is no cure for asbestosis. However, there are some treatments which have the ability to reduce asbestosis symptoms and improve the quality of life of people with the condition. These include:

  • Stopping smoking
  • Getting flu and pneumococcal vaccinations
  • Long term oxygen therapy

What are the symptoms of asbestosis?

The main six symptoms of asbestosis that you should watch out for include:

  • Being short of breath
  • Feeling tired and fatigued
  • Hearing crackling sounds when breathing
  • Having high blood pressure
  • Swollen fingers
  • Experiencing weight loss

These symptoms cross over with the symptoms of mesothelioma, which is a serious and life-threatening cancer. That's why it's so important to seek medical advice immediately if you notice these symptoms.