Asbestos Personal Injury Claims Glasgow
Until the substance was banned in 1991, asbestos was routinely used in a number of industries including construction and electronics.
The connection between asbestos and lung diseases had been known for a long time and although many people were aware of the risks, some employers did not do enough to protect their employees from the dangers of asbestos through safety equipment and training. These employers may be liable for the asbestos related illnesses that their employees have gone on to suffer from.
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Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition that is caused by long-term exposure to asbestos. When asbestos is disturbed by chipping, sawing or cutting, it releases microscopic fibres that can be breathed into the lungs. This condition can have life-altering symptoms such as shortness of breath, wheezing, chest pain and extreme fatigue.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that most commonly affects the lungs. This is caused by breathing asbestos particles that irritate the tissue of the lungs and cause cells to mutate. It is also possible for mesothelioma to occur in the abdomen. This condition has a low survival rate and can cause chest and back pain, breathing problems and weight loss.
When asbestos fibres are inhaled, they can become embedded in the lining of the lungs, called the pleura. The small fibres can irritate the pleura membrane and cause an inflammation. Over time, this can result in the progressive build-up of fibrous scar tissue which can reduce the space between the lungs and the pleura. The scar tissue can make it difficult to breathe as the lungs cannot fully expand.
Pleural plaques are the most common disease arising from exposure to asbestos and causes a thickening of the pleura or diaphragm. This condition is not cancerous and in many cases, there are no symptoms. Some patients report that they have chest pain or experience a grating feeling when they breathe.
Lung cancer can be caused by many factors such as smoking and it can be difficult to attribute the development of lung cancer to asbestos exposure. However, if a patient is already suffering from other asbestos related conditions, then it may be possible to connect the cancer to asbestos. Our specialist team can advise you.
Who is at Risk?
The industrial use of asbestos has resulted in the vast majority of asbestos claimants being male. However, many people were exposed to asbestos through its use in homes, schools and workplaces. In some cases, an industrial worker would unknowingly carry asbestos fibres home on his hair, skin and clothing.
Asbestos was routinely used in flooring, roofing, and wall partitions and was a standard insulation material. Construction workers are at high risk of developing an asbestos related disease due to the dust that emerges when asbestos is used.
Boilermakers and Boiler Fitters
In the past, asbestos lagging was used to insulate boilers. This means that anyone involved in the construction, installation or maintenance of boilers is at high risk.
It is often necessary for electricians to pull up carpets, remove the flooring and break through walls to fix and lay cables. The asbestos content of construction materials meant that each time this was done, an electrician could be breathing in asbestos fibres. Although asbestos can no longer be legally used or reused, an electrician dealing with an older property or electrical system could come into contact with the dangerous substance.
Can I Make a Claim for an Asbestos Related Disease?
Asbestos related health problems can take many years to surface. By that time you may not remember all the details of your employment and may feel that your previous employer could not be tracked down. However, there have been many successful asbestos claims in Scotland. Many workers were exposed to asbestos when their employers were aware, or should have been aware, that there was a risk. Asbestos related health problems can cause long term debilitating symptoms can diminish quality of life and can result in death. The compensation that you can claim will depend upon the precise circumstances of the case, contact us to find out how much you may be due. A claim must normally be made within three years of the accident so call us now to discuss your case.
Asbestos Personal Injury Claims Glasgow
If you or someone you love was exposed to asbestos at work and are suffering from an asbestos related disease today, then get in touch with our specialist no win no fee* team to find out how we can help.