Asbestos and Mesothelioma Compensation
Until the danger of asbestos was realised, it was used in the construction of houses and buildings for many years, as a form of insulation and to prevent fires. Indeed, asbestos that is well maintained does not pose a direct risk, but it becomes dangerous when the fibres become damaged and may float in the air, and be breathed in. Asbestosis and mesothelioma are examples of illnesses caused by asbestos exposure. Pleural thickening, lung cancer and pleural plaques are other types of lung disease which can also be provoked by the workplace.
Our Wakefield solicitors can advise you on whether or not you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. However long ago the exposure took place, whether or not you still work for the employer or if there were several different employers, and even if you were self-employed, you may still have a case. Even if you have never worked with asbestos yourself, diseases like mesothelioma can also be picked up by the family members of a worker exposed to asbestos, as asbestos may remain on his or her clothes and hair.
Asbestos Exposure In The Workplace
Many different professions are concerned by these illnesses. Shipyard workers, painters, construction workers, builders, welders, plumbers, gas fitters, plasterers, electricians, sheet metal workers, carpenters, and telephone engineers can all be considered to have been at an increased risk of contracting mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos in their place of work.
Even if your former employer is no longer in business, it may be possible for our Wakefield lawyers to apply to the Register of Companies in order to access their details, which are archived. Your employer’s insurance will usually still be able to step in to pay your compensation. You may also be able to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit and the Pneumoconiosis (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 financial grant.
Our Wakefield-based personal injury solicitors will be able to help advise you about how to make a claim for compensation and they can talk you through each step of the process to make sure you receive the compensation you are entitled to.
Asbestos/Mesothelioma Injury Claims Solicitors Wakefield
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