A guide to Asbestos

by Editor on September 17, 2013

Asbestos Sampling

Did you know that asbestos is the biggest cause of work related deaths in the UK? If you have worked in any public building constructed before the year 2000 then you may be at risk. If you have niggling worries at the back of your mind then it’s important to be informed and learn the facts. By the end of this article you should hopefully have gained a better understanding of what asbestos actually is and the legal advice you may be entitled to.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in metamorphic and igneous rock. The asbestos fibres taken from these rocks were commonly used during the 1950s as insulating and fireproofing material for buildings. The Health and safety Executive have an excellent FAQ section on asbestos if you want to learn more.

What is the danger?

Prolonged exposure and inhalation can result in a number of serious medical conditions. It can take anything between ten and 50 years before the effects and symptoms of asbestos show themselves. It is for this reason that asbestos has earned its title as a hidden killer. Mesothelioma is one of the most common diseases caused by asbestos. Lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural thickening and pleural plaques also come under asbestos related diseases.

The symptom from asbestos related diseases vary wildly from person to person. Asbestos mainly affects the lungs, so a cough is the most common warning sign. You should consult your doctor immediately if you experience other symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath, tiredness and unexplained weight loss.

Legal Advice

If you are suffering from an asbestos related disease then you have the right to compensation. No amount of money can undo the damage that’s been done to your health, but it is invaluable in keeping your family financially secure during your medical care.

The biggest hurdle to overcome when seeking legal advice is trying to remember when and where you were exposed to asbestos. This is why a prompt response after a diagnostic is crucial. Your next step is to contact a law firm like Beecham Peacock to handle your claim. Countless sufferers have attained asbestos compensation thanks to the legal advice from an experienced law firm.

With a 98% success rate, Beecham Peacock are dedicated to seeing you get back to full health without having to worry about your finances.

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