Asbestos Claims

Asbestos claim lawyers based in Portsmouth and Southampton that can act for you on a no win no fee basis nationwide

There are a wide range of illnesses and diseases associated with asbestos exposure and employers have a duty to protect workers from hazardous substances. If you develop an asbestos related disease, you may have asbestos claims against your employer.

Asbestos related diseases include:

• Asbestosis
• Mesothelioma
• Pleural thickening
• Pleural plaques

 

Asbestosis claims

What is asbestosis?

It is scarring of the lungs and is caused by long term exposure to asbestos fibres.

Asbestosis usually progresses slowly and can cause severe breathlessness. There is no known treatment for this condition and the effects can take 10-20 years from when a person was first exposed until it is diagnosed.

Asbestosis symptoms

The symptoms of asbestosis include:

• Shortness of breath
• Coughing
• Tightness in the chest
• Chest pain
• Clubbing of the fingertips
• Abnormal chest sounds

Diagnosis is by an X-ray, a CT scan and tests on the lungs.

Those most at risk of contracting asbestosis are those who handle or remove it. Of particular relevance to Portsmouth and Southampton, those working in shipbuilding and at the dockyards are at significant risk.

It is also possible for people living with others that have come been subject to asbestos exposure to contract the disease by coming into contact with asbestos fibres on clothing.

 

Mesothelioma claims

What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer which is usually in the lining of the lungs, and it is fatal.

It may be caused by exposure to asbestos fibres and the risk of developing the disease is largely dependent on the quantity of asbestos fibres that are inhaled.

Mesothelioma symptoms

These include shortness of breath, persistent coughing and chest pains.

 

Diagnosis is through X-ray, CAT scan, biopsy and lung tests.

NOTE: Important asbestos compensation ruling on 28/03/12

The UK Supreme Court ruled that it is the employer’s liability insurance policy that was in place at the time a worker was exposed to asbestos that triggers pay out of compensation for mesothelioma victims.

Speak to us for more information on this ruling.

 

Pleural disease

This is a non-cancerous condition that affects the outer lining of the lung and the most likely of causes is exposure to asbestos fibres.

What is pleural thickening?

The pleural membranes are thin and cover the lining, providing protection and support.

When they are exposed to asbestos fibres, the pleural membranes thicken as a result of chronic irritation and inflammation.

Symptoms of pleural thickening include:

• Shortness of breath
• Chest pains
• Tightness in the chest

It can also cause extreme psychological distress as sufferers may constantly worry that it will develop into a more serious asbestos related disease.

 

What are pleural plaques?

Pleural plaques are the least serious asbestos related disease in general.

They are more localised areas of pleural thickening and the sufferer does not experience any specific symptoms.

There is a very low risk of developing a more serious asbestos related disease though.

NOTE: it is not possible to claim compensation for Pleural Plaques. The Government made it clear in February 2010 that they would not overturn the House of Lords decision on this matter; however, they did agree to assess the situation should any new evidence come to light.

 

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, apart from Pleural Plaques, and you believe it may be related to your employment (past or present) you may be entitled to compensation.

We can offer assistance on a no win no fee basis and offer free initial consultations.

So call our Portsmouth / Havant and Southampton based personal injury lawyers on 0800 0351 999


 

Above information applies to law and procedures in England and Wales only