Asbestos Symptoms and Causes

What are they, and can you claim compensation?

We appreciate that many people once diagnosed with a serious condition such as asbestosis like to find out more about the cause and symptoms. This section sets out to provide you with some more information about asbestos symptoms and causes, and what you can do about them.

If you would like immediate advice from us at asbolutely no cost and no obligation to take further action, please do call us free of charge on 0800 2888 693 or complete our Free Asbestos Symptoms Enquiry online. This way you will be able to speak with one of our specialist Asbestos solicitors. They will be able to explain exactly what your legal rights are at no cost to you.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural substance that was widely used for a number of purposes due to its hard wearing, heat resistant nature. It has been used widely for insulation. The three main types of asbestos are:

  • Crocidolite (Blue) - banned since 1985
  • Amosite (Brown) banned since 1985
  • Chrysotile (white) almost completely banned since 1999 with a few exceptions.

When is Asbestos Harmful?

Asbestos does not present an immediate risk unless it is disturbed and in a dust form. Asbestos fibres can be found in the air and make up environmental exposure. The environmental exposure levels do not necessarily cause asbestos related illnesses. It is the occupational exposure which is most dangerous. If asbestos materials are broken or disturbed the asbestos fibres enter the lungs and cannot be expelled adequately. They perforate and scar the lung tissue. The condition can take many years (up to 50 years) to develop after first exposure. By then the person or employer who you need to make a claim against may no longer be alive or in business. Pursuing these asbestos compensation claims is complicated and is best dealt with by an experienced personal injury solicitor as it is often necessary to try and locate the relevant insurers at the time of exposure. 1stClaims solicitors have many years experience of handling asbestos claims.

Asbestos Symptoms

If you or someone you know came into contact with asbestos when it was removed, cut or mixed, it is possible that some damage may have been sustained to the lungs even though you do not necessarily feel that you have any asbestos symptoms. It is important that a chest x-ray is obtained. If you suffer from any of the following symptoms and have been exposed to asbestos in the past, you should seek the advice of a 1stClaims specialist asbestos solicitor. :

  • Shortness of breath
  • Persistent cough
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chest tightness

Please call us now on 0800 2888 693 or complete our Free Asbestos Symptoms Enquiry online to discover your legal rights and options.

Who Can Make an Asbestos Compensation Claim?

Because asbestos has been so widely used, generally anyone who can establish that the company who exposed someone to asbestos dust knew or should have known of the dangers, can claim. If your spouse or partner was exposed to asbestos through their working conditions and brought home their clothing to be washed, you may be entitled to make a personal injury claim if you have suffered an Asbestos related disease as a result. It is now accepted that second hand exposure, through cleaning and handling a partner's work clothes for example, can also cause these illnesses.

If a member of your family has passed away due to an asbestos related disease, our specialist personal injury lawyers may be able to help you claim compensation on behalf of the estate.

Would You Like Some Advice On Asbestos Symptoms?

If you would like 1stClaims' expert Asbestos Claim Solicitors to provide you or a member of your family with free initial advice and an expert opininon on whether you are suffering from asbestos symptoms, please call us free on 0800 2888 693 or complete our Free Claim Enquiry form now and we will be in touch with you very soon.

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