First, don’t panic. Although asbestos is a terribly dangerous substance, it’s the amount of exposure to it that determines how ill you might be.
If you are at work and you think you may have been exposed to asbestos, there are a number of steps you should take.
- Step 1. You should report your exposure to your employer. The details of the exposure should be recorded in your records and it should state the place, date and circumstances of the exposure.
- Step 2. If you are in a trade-union, you should report the issue to your union representative. They will normally send you a set of documents to fill in, which details the circumstances of the exposure.
- Step 3. Get yourself checked out by your GP. Any amount of exposure to asbestos could create issues, so it is important that it’s detailed in your medical records. This is because exposure to asbestos can create symptoms that don’t become apparent until several years later – it can be up to 50 years later in some cases!
Speak to one of our experienced compensation claims advisors free of charge today on 01204 521 133 or on live chat for a consultation. Alternatively, you can fill in one of our claims forms or use our Compensation Calculator, and we’ll call you back.
Abestos Exposure – how does it happen and why is it so dangerous?
Being exposed to asbestos is no laughing matter. It’s deadly in large doses and can cause all kinds of problems in small doses too. This naturally occurring mineral was used extensively in all kinds of construction right up until the 1990s, when it was eventually banned. The fire-retardant properties of the material, combined with its superior insulating properties and the fact that it’s virtually indestructible, make it the perfect material to use in building work.
Unfortunately, this means that there’s asbestos all over the place, even now. It’s in schools, ships and houses, so there are many people who are at risk of exposed to it. If you have a house that has lagging on the pipes or insulation in the roof, you too could be exposed to it.
However, there’s no need to panic! The issues only start to arise when you disturb the asbestos. If you leave it undisturbed, the dust does not get moved around, so you can’t breathe it in.
If you want to do some DIY, and you find anything that looks remotely like asbestos in your house, call the experts. Don’t risk exposing yourself to it. As once it’s in your body, it’s not coming out again.
Recent Exposure to Asbestos Claims
Being exposed to asbestos can cause a number of problems. The fibres of asbestos are tiny, rough and easily inhaled. Once inside the lungs, the sharp fibres can easily cut the linings, causing inflammation and scar tissue to develop. Depending on the amount of asbestos breathed in, you will either be mildly affected, such as with pleural plaques, or severely affected, such as when mesothelioma occurs.
The more serious effects of asbestos exposure, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer, can change your life considerably. You may need expensive medical equipment or care, or maybe you need alterations to your home. Perhaps you have been struggling financially if you’re unable to work. Whatever the reason, you have the legal right to claim for compensation if you’ve been exposed to asbestos through no fault of your own.
So, if you’ve recently been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, you should contact us. We can help you get the compensation you deserve to get your life back on track as soon as possible. A confidential chat is free and will only take a minute or two. If we can help, we’ll start your case straight away.
Claiming Compensation – Asons Keep it Simple!
At Asons, we like to keep it simple. We promise to:
- use simple, straight-forward English wherever possible. We can’t avoid using some legal language, but we try to keep it to a minimum. We do this so people understand more about what‘s going on with their case
- provide you with a personal claims handler. They’ll deal with your case, from the beginning, right through to the end. Sometimes, however, changing your case handler is unavoidable. If this happens, you will be ept fully informed about who will be taking over your case and why
- keep you informed, on a regular basis, as to the status of your case. You’ll be updated on how’s it’s progressing, in a clear and concise manner
- be available when you need us. We feel it’s important that you’re able to contact us, to ask questions or for an explanation, whenever you feel the need to.
In short, we’ll make this process as simple and easy-to-understand, as we possibly can.
There is a ‘statute of limitations’ applied to claims for personal injury compensation. This means that claims for compensation must be made within three years of either the date you were exposed to asbestos, or the date you discovered that your illness is due to exposure to asbestos.
‘No Win, No Fee’
Many people don’t want to start a compensation claim because they think it will be expensive. That would be true, if we didn’t operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. As part of our promise to keep things simple, we will not expect you to pay a penny, until your claim is complete and your compensation money has been awarded.
More on ‘no win, no fee’ here.
All you need to do is contact us. We can advise on whether you can claim for your asbestos-related disease, and on the chances of it being successful, quickly and easily. If we believe that the claim will be successful, and you want to go ahead, we can start right away.