Asbestos Relates Injuries
Asbestosis, Pleural Plaques and Mesothelioma injury claims
Workers who were negligently exposed to asbestos by their former employers are now entitled to seek compensation. This is so even in the case of pleural plaques, asymptomatic scarring of the lung following a recent Supreme court decision.
Workers in UK industry were exposed to asbestos for many years. You may be able to claim compensation for any injuries you have suffered if you meet the following criteria:
• You found about the injury at some point in the last three years.
• Your former employer(s) failed to take adequate measures to protect you from exposure to asbestos.
• The insurance company which insured your former employer(s) can be traced.
Asbestos can lead to a variety of medical conditions. Not all are fatal. Medical opinion is that the following conditions can be caused by a single asbestos fibre. It is impossible to say how and where you contracted an asbestos-related medical condition. This means that if you have worked for, say, 5 employers dealing with asbestos, and each was negligent in allowing you to be exposed to asbestos, you can raise a claim against each for compensation in proportion to the amount of time for which you worked for that company.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lungs which can be caused by asbestos exposure. Unlike other forms of lung cancer, mesothelioma is not normally linked to smoking. Mesothlioma is often not diagnosed until it is advanced, giving it a poor survival rate.
Asbestosis is thickening of the lining of the lung can cause breathlessness. This can hamper your ability to work or carry out daily tasks or hobbies. The symptoms can take decades to come to light, and it is often many years before the illness is diagnosed. The law limits personal injury claims to a period of three years following the accident, but in the case of asbestosis, the time period uns from the day you find out about the disease.
Pleural plaques are asymptomatic scarring of the lining of the lung. Asymptomatic simply means that there are no discernible symptoms. Despite the fact they do not materially impact on the quality of one’s life, the Scottish Parliament has decided they are injuries for which compensation can be sought, as they are evidence of exposure to asbestos.
If you have contracted any of the above diseases, or would like more information on asbestosis claims, contact our expert personal injury solicitors today.
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