Asbestos is a soft, greyish-white material that was widely used in building construction from the 1950s until the late 1990s as a form of insulation and to protect against fire. It is still found in many buildings, including homes, schools, factories, offices and hospitals – and causes around 5000 deaths every year.
Exposure to asbestos can cause serious diseases including lung cancer, mesothelioma (a cancer which affects the lining of the lungs), asbestosis (scarring of the lungs) pleural plaques and pleural thickening (a disease where the lining of the lung thickens and swells).
If you work in an environment which exposes you to large amounts of asbestos (refurbishment, maintenance and other similar trades) you could be at risk of exposure to asbestos. Your employer must make sure that you are protected by giving you specialist safety equipment and training.
If you haven’t been given adequate protection, and you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, you may well be entitled to compensation.
Call us free on 0800 320 2121 for a friendly, informal and above all FREE conversation about how we might be able to help you with your claim.