Conditions such as asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma and pleural plaque can be contracted if there has been exposure to asbestos. Even minor exposure or being in contact with someone who has been exposed can cause symptoms to develop many years later. Nash & Co are specialist asbestos compensation solicitors and have experience in getting the right compensation for employees that they deserve.
What are the most common types of asbestos problems?
Mesothelioma is a form of aggressive lung cancer which usually affects the lining (pleura) of the lung although it can also affect other areas. For practical purposes, mesothelioma can only be caused through exposure to asbestos fibres. There is no need for there to have been a heavy exposure to asbestos. Nash and Co have dealt with cases where the condition has developed from women washing their husband’s overalls. Usually the condition takes many years to develop, sometimes 40 to 50 years after the exposure to asbestos. There are special legal rules which apply to this condition.
Unlike, Mesothelioma, Lung Cancer can be caused by other factors, particularly smoking. Again, there are special rules which we and doctors use to determine whether or not we can prove that the asbestos has caused the cancer. You normally have to show that the risk of lung cancer has been increased by the exposure to asbestos. If you have been a smoker and have been exposed to asbestos your chances of contracting lung cancer are unfortunately increased.
True asbestosis is becoming a rarer condition as it generally requires a heavy and/or prolonged exposure to asbestos such as experienced by pipe laggers in the 1950’s. It usually develops more quickly than mesothelioma and so with improvements in health and safety over the last 30 years or so it is a much rarer condition. The asbestosis is scarring to the lung tissue itself which causes breathlessness and disability which can deteriorate over time.
Pleural Plaque & Diffuse Pleural Thickening
Pleural plaques can only be detected on an x-ray or CT scan. Unlike asbestosis it is scarring to the lining of the lung rather than inside the lung. They do not cause physical pain or any symptoms. A few years ago the law was changed so that it is no no longer possible in England and Wales to claim compensation for pleural plaques.
However, if the scarring is more extensive then symptoms do arise because the scarring caused the lining of the lung to be thickened which then causes breathlessness and disability. If that is the case then substantial compensation can be claimed for this asbestos related disease.
Which Industries have the highest rates of asbestos disease?
- Thermal insulation engineers
- Ship yard workers
- Asbestos manufacturing workers
- Women who assembled gas masks during the war
- Building workers
- Gas fitters
- Painters and decorators
How do I know if I have a claim?
If you have any doubts then please contact us for a free no obligation confidential chat. We can quickly assess whether you may have a claim. Don’t worry if you think you may have been partly to blame. You still may have a case. We have also dealt with cases on behalf of family members who have lost loved ones due to asbestos disease.
What do I do next?
Even if you are unsure whether you have a claim or not, we offer a free, no obligation, and confidential consultation. Either telephone the number at the top of this page or follow this link to complete an online enquiry and we will call you back.