"Asbestos can be found in any building built before year 2000." Source HSE.

Asbestos Related Illness

Diffuse interstitial pulmonary fibrosis is caused by a very significant, often prolonged exposure to asbestos dust and fibres. The lung tissue becomes clogged with asbestos fibres, causing the tissue to fibro, becoming scarred. The scarring restricts the lungs ability to expand and so respiratory capacity is reduced, making the asbestosis progressive. The condition is incurable.

Diffuse Pleural Thickening 
This condition is also caused by significant exposure to asbestos. The pleura or lining of the lung thickens, restricting respiratory function. Pleural thickening is progressive.

Pleural Plaques 
This is a benign, asymptomatic condition, which is only detectable radiologically. You can claim for contracting pleural plaques disease in Scotland. However, you are no longer able to claim for it in England and Wales.

Lung Cancer 
Asbestosis sufferers can often go on to develop lung cancer. In cases where there has been significant exposure to asbestos, lung cancer should be considered to be attributable to the asbestos exposure in the majority of cases.

Exposure to asbestos, when combined with smoking, significantly increases the risk of lung cancer. This can be a complex area for medical experts. 

This is a cancer that is almost always associated with previous asbestos exposure. This cancer usually occurs in the lining of the lung, also known as pleura, but can also occur in the lining of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum) and more rarely in other parts of the body.

Mesothelioma is a late condition and rarely occurs less than 20 years after the first exposure. It can often appear between 30 and 40 years after first exposure. Life expectancy can be significantly affected by this condition.

Symptoms usually consist of chest or shoulder pain, accompanied by breathlessness because the pleural cavity has accumulated significant quantities of fluid.

Mesothelioma can be caused by relatively low levels of exposure.

We at NewLaw solicitors firmly believe that it is your right to claim compensation for an asbestos related condition. However, we don’t just pursue claims.  We are also active in petitioning for the government to make sure our schools have a register, so that parents are aware whether the schools have asbestos. To read more on our Right to Know Asbestos in Schools campaign, click here

We will fight tirelessly to get you the compensation that you deserve.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous silicate mineral with well-known fire resistant properties. Its fibrous structure allows it to be spun and woven into cloth. Besides its fire resistance, asbestos is an efficient heat and sound insulator.

The main types of asbestos fibres are:

  • crocidolite - blue asbestos
  • amosite - brown asbestos
  • chrysotile - white asbestos

Blue and brown asbestos are more difficult for the body to expel, and as a result are more likely to cause asbestos induced illnesses, particularly asbestos induced cancers. It has long been known that exposure to asbestos can result in a number of medical conditions.

Here at NewLaw, we understand that being diagnosed with an asbestos related condition can be an extremely traumatic. Some of the conditions can be very serious. People who have been exposed to asbestos are unaware of the damage that has been caused until many years later, when they begin to experience symptoms. If you are diagnosed with an asbestos related condition, we believe that you have every right to the best possible treatment. At what can be a very difficult time, we will regularly keep you updated on the progress of your claim, so you have one less thing to worry about. We can also put you in touch with other support services, such as our welfare managers, who can help you deal with the worry of being diagnosed with an asbestos related condition.

The service that our team of friendly and professional advisers provide can include:

  • home visits, for all to ensure an early investigation of who is liable for your condition
  • an investigation to identify who should pay the compensation that you deserve
  • obtaining interim payments early on where we can, to help you now 
  • sign posting you to the right advisors for state benefits, financial issues, wills & powers of attorney services, and where necessary, any employment rights

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