Asbestos claims can cover a range of asbestos-related industrial diseases, including lung diseases such as:
Asbestos-related industrial disease can take decades to develop into symptoms of breathlessness, wheezing and chest pain.
Conditions such as asbestosis and mesothelioma are the result of fine particles of asbestos dust being inhaled by those who work with asbestos.
Pleural plaques or pleural thickening are also common lung conditions which result from working with asbestos – the pleura is the protective membrane around the lungs. Pleural plaques are calcified lesions which develop in the pleura and pleural thickening is caused by inhaling particles of asbestos or other hazardous materials which lodge in the pleura, causing thickening.
The sort of jobs which might involve exposure to asbestos include:
Maintenance workers – such as premises maintenance staff – may also have been exposed to asbestos dust during the course of their duties.
Employees who worked on industrial warehouses, offices or in hospitals, schools and retail premises where asbestos was present and was not properly maintained may also be eligible to make no win no fee asbestos claims if they have developed asbestos-related diseases.
According to HSE data, asbestos may be present in any building built before 2000 – and the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012 now mean that anyone in charge of the maintenance of a non-domestic building has a duty to manage asbestos on the premises.
Duncan Lewis industrial disease claims solicitors can advise workers who have been diagnosed with asbestos disease resulting from contact with asbestos at work on how to make a no win no fee asbestos claim for compensation.
Asbestos and mesothelioma claims fall under the area of law known as personal injury law. Personal injury claimants usually have three years from the date of diagnosis of asbestos industrial disease in which to make a claim for asbestos compensation.
Because asbestosis and asbestos-related disease can years to develop, Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors can help with tracing the insurers of a former employer using the Employers’ Liability Tracing Office (ELTO) and records held at Companies House. Even if an employer is no longer in business or a company was taken over a former employer’s business, it is still possible to trace the Employers' Liability (EL) insurer to make a claim for asbestos compensation.
In some cases, asbestos-related disease may only be diagnosed at post-mortem – Duncan Lewis claims solicitors offer sympathetic and expert advice to bereaved families whose loved one has died as a result of asbestos industrial disease and who wish to make a no win no fee Asbestos Claim for compensation.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors are also able to advise on cases where the spouse or other family member of someone who worked with asbestos also developed an asbestos-related illness as a result of coming into contact with asbestos. This may have occurred through washing asbestos-contaminated work clothes or overalls, or simply coming into contact with a spouse or parent or other relative after they returned home in overalls after working with asbestos.
Duncan Lewis industrial claims solicitors are leading firm of no win no fee lawyers and can advise victims of asbestos disease and their families on how to make a compensation claim – including historic cases where mesothelioma or another asbestos-related disease has been diagnosed decades after working with asbestos.
Because of the complexities involved in making Asbestos Claims and the limitation period for personal injury claims, Duncan Lewis advises industrial disease claimants to get in touch as soon as possible after diagnosis to discuss making an asbestos compensation claim.
If a loved one has recently died prematurely or unexpectedly and was diagnosed at post-mortem with asbestosis, COPD, mesothelioma, pleural plaques, pleural thickening or lung cancer, Duncan Lewis will be sensitive to your bereavement – and will offer sensible legal advice on the best way forward should you wish to make an Asbestos Claim for compensation.
For expert legal advice on no win no fee Asbestos Claims, call Duncan Lewis Industrial Claims Solicitors on 020 7923 4020.