Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by prolonged asbestos exposure. It is a form of pneumoconiosis – a long-term disease of the lungs caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres in dust. This can progress and lead to shortness of breath, serious health complications and even death.
If you or a loved one are diagnosed with the disease, then you may be able to bring an asbestosis claim. Contact our specialist asbestos lawyers to discuss your claim. Call us on freephone 0800 6895854 for a no obligation, and completely free, consultation.
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Sometimes you may see asbestosis described as pneumoconiosis or interstitial pulmonary fibrosis on benefit forms or death certificates.
The disease usually become symptomatic many years after the exposure has taken place. We can help you with any claims, including those for asbestosis compensation after the death of a loved one. Call us on freephone +44808 2712267 for a no obligation, and completely free, consultation.
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What causes asbestosis?
Asbestos exposure was particularly common in the 1950s through to the 1980s. During this period, asbestos was used in many construction products such as flooring, roofing, insulation, coatings and more. People who worked in construction, engineering, factories and those in the merchant navy were most at risk of exposure and developing the disease today.
- Construction workers
- Boiler maintenance
- Heating engineers
- Factory workers
- Shipyard workers
- Steel and textile mill workers
How can you tell if you have asbestosis?
People with asbestosis are also at risk of developing further asbestos-related diseases. These have slightly different symptoms and include Mesothelioma, pleural thickening and lung cancer.
How do I make an Asbestosis claim?
If a loved one has sadly passed away from the disease, they can also advise on whether you can claim for asbestosis compensation after their death.
They will act confidentially and advise you on the best next steps to pursue your claim.
If they think you have a good claim, they will gather supporting evidence to strengthen your asbestosis claim. This can include:
- Medical records and documents
- Contracts of employment
- Expert witness reports from medical professionals
- Photographs and documents related to the working environment
- Financial records
If you have not received an official asbestosis diagnosis, it is unlikely you will be able to start a claim. However, if a doctor or medical professional has told you that you have a respiratory illness caused by asbestos exposure, you could claim for another asbestos-related disease.
Who will my asbestosis claim be against?
Employers have a duty of care to make sure their employees work in a safe environment and are provided with adequate protection where necessary. They hold a level of responsibility should any current, or former, employees develop an asbestos-related disease.
If your former employer is no longer around, we can work to find out where the responsibility now lies and bring claims against their historical insurer. In some cases, it could be the building owner who is responsible. Our expert team will advise you on who any asbestosis legal claims will be brought against.
What time limits are there to make a claim?
What does Asbestosis compensation cover?
You may also be able to claim compensation for:
- Out of pocket expenses – including reasonably incurred medical fees.
- Any loss of earnings – including loss of future salary and pensions.
- Care received – if you are unwell and need help and home adaptations.
- Travel expenses – to and from medical appointments.
- Loss of your services – if you are no longer able to do DIY, gardening and other types of domestic tasks.
Compensation levels for asbestosis claims vary considerably depending on the facts of each particular case. Each one is assessed individually and takes into account the level of pain and suffering caused, disabilities, the lifelong impact of the disease and its financial implications.
Am I entitled to benefits?
When you are diagnosed with asbestosis, you may be entitled to state benefits. You could be entitled to apply for a weekly payment called Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.
If this is awarded, you might also be entitled to receive a lump-sum payment from the government under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers' Compensation) Act 1979 . Seek advice regarding your potential entitlements from our asbestosis team.