Asbestos Claims - History Symptoms and Compensation
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Asbestos was once regarded as a wonder substance due to its heat resistant
properties. It was, therefore, a widely used material, particularly from the
1930's - 1980's and exposure still continues wherever it is disturbed / removed.
The cost of asbestos claims in the UK could reach £20 billion in the next 30
Claims can be made by Claimants, even though the exposure was 30 or more
years ago, and the past employer(s) has gone out of business.
Claims can also be made for deceased Claimants on behalf of their loved
Successful 'secondary' claims for Asbestos exposure have been made by
spouses, children and grandchildren, after they were exposed to harmful fibres
on work clothes worn home.
The compensation obtained can, in many cases, amount to well in excess of
£100,000, depending upon the severity of the particular disease.
Asbestos has no respect for socio-economic group or occupation. There are
over 1,000 new cases of Mesothelioma reported every year in the UK. It is
generally accepted asbestos is the cause.
The types of occupation where exposure can be found/occur include the
* Asbestos Cement Products Industry (used for strong, inexpensive building
materials, eg tiles, corrugated roofing, gutters, water and drain pipes,
chimneys etc. * Floor tiling industry * Insulation and Fire Proofing *
Carpenters * Electricians * Power Plant Works * Plumbers * Roofers * Central
Heating and/or air conditioning contractors * School and Hospital workers * Ship
Symptoms can include breathlessness and persistent coughing which may cause
sleepless nights leading to fatigue. Some sufferers report chest pain and
feeling as though a heavy weight is pressing down on their chest, depending upon
the particular condition.
There are a number of state benefits available to victims and their carers. A
specialist Solicitor can not only pursue asbestos compensation claims for
sufferers on a true No Win No Fee basis, but also provide advice and assistance
with applications in order to maximise benefit entitlement.
About the Author
Andrew Bowen is the Managing Director of
http://www.NationalInjuryClaims.com - a company helping people claim personal injury compensation.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2007-04-12 08:53:56 in Legal Articles