Many people are affected by Asbestos related diseases throughout the UK and abroad. It is estimated that Asbestos affects as many as 1 in 100 men over the age of 40 in this Country as well as an increasing number of women and children. Exposure to Asbestos dust can damage the fibrous tissue in the lungs.
Asbestos related disease occurs due to the inhalation or ingestion of minute fibres of asbestos, causing damage to the lungs and surrounding structures. The free floating fibres create the risk of injury and death, including: Mesothelioma; Asbestos Lung Cancer; Asbestosis; Diffuse Pleural Thickening or breathing problems.
If you are suffering with lung or chest problems from inhaling or being exposed to asbestos in your working career, or possibly after attending school, a hospital, or from secondary exposure through contact with a close relative who was exposed to asbestos, or if a loved one has sadly suffered an asbestos related death, contact BDE Law today or click here to fill out an online claim form.
Our Specialist Disease team will offer free initial advice on whether we think you could make an asbestos claim.
The common types of occupation where exposure can occur include the following:-
- Asbestos Cement Products Industry
- Used for strong, inexpensive building materials, e.g tiles, corrugated roofing, gutters, water and drain pipes, chimneys etc.
- Floor tiling industry
- Insulation and Fire Proofing
- Power Plant Workers
- Central Heating and/or air conditioning contractors
- School and Hospital workers
- Ship workers
To pursue a claim for damages against your employer or elsewhere, the following criteria must be met:
You discover you have suffered an injury as a result of exposure to an unsafe environment either at work or elsewhere. We’ll then take instructions from you to assess the viability of the claim.
We investigate your claim. This is likely to involve obtaining documents including medical records and instructing a medical expert. If the investigation supports your claim, we will submit details to those identified as responsible. Evidence will be obtained to help us to value your claim.
We will strive to negotiate a suitable settlement, but where this is not possible, it may be necessary to take the case to Court. Not all Court cases are determined by a Judge; many are settled during the Court process.
In addition if you or a deceased relative were diagnosed with diffuse mesothelioma on or after the 25th July 2014 you can claim under the ‘Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2014’.
(Strict regulations and statute govern the use of asbestos)
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