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Asbestos in all its forms has been banned as a building material in the UK since 1999. But it was once used widely in everything from insulation and construction materials to brake pads and fire doors, and its deadly legacy continues today.
Asbestosis is a result of prolonged inhalation of asbestos fibres, and is most commonly suffered by those who worked in industries in which the use of asbestos was commonplace. It is essentially scarring of the lung triggered by asbestos exposure, leading to breathing difficulties, persistent coughing and chest pains. It is a distressing and debilitating disease with no cure, and can increase your chances of developing lung cancer and mesothelioma.
A right to claim compensation
If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis you may be able to claim compensation for your suffering, loss of earnings and any medical care you require.
Of course, because of the long period of time between asbestos exposure and the first symptoms appearing (often decades after the event), it can be difficult to trace who that compensation should be claimed from, and hard to know where to start looking. However, a professional personal injury lawyer will usually be able to do this for you. In the event that your former employer has ceased trading, they will take steps to identify that firm’s insurance company and pursue compensation from them.
Hopes for asbestosis fund
But what do you do when the insurance company is untraceable too? At present, this represents something of a brick wall to asbestosis sufferers seeking compensation, but in the future it is hoped that this will not be the case.
For several years the Government has been planning a ‘fund of last resort’, which would pay out to asbestos-afflicted sufferers who have no other avenue through which to pursue compensation. In July it announced a £300m scheme to compensate mesothelioma victims in the same situation, and though asbestosis sufferers were omitted from this fund, campaigners hope that it will be extended or that a similar asbestosis fund will be created.
The bottom line is that if you are suffering from asbestosis as a result of your work in the past, you are entitled to compensation, and at present there is a drive for all victims to be compensated one way or the other.
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If you, a friend or family member has suffered illness due to asbestos exposure, we can help you to obtain the best medical, financial and legal support. Call us today on 0800 316 4434 or text INJURY to 78866.
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