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Asbestos related diseases and lack of PPE (29 September 2020)

Date: 29/09/2020
Duncan Lewis, Legal News Solicitors, Asbestos related diseases and lack of PPE

Many people who have worked with asbestos can often develop health problems over the years, such as breathing difficulties or lethargy. There are many reasons why these symptoms can be caused but one of the main contributing factors is that people have worked with or around asbestos without PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) or with the incorrect PPE and were exposed to the dust fibres. These fibres could have landed on their clothes, face and body, or may have been breathed in resulting in them developing health conditions or diseases.

If you have worked with asbestos without PPE or with inadequate PPE as outlined by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidelines then it is important to contact our personal injury lawyers who can provide further guidance and assistance.

There are a number of diseases that could arise from asbestos exposure, including but not limited to:


  • Mesothelioma

  • Pharyngeal, colon, stomach and lung cancer

  • Asbestosis

  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

  • Pleural thickening

  • Pleural effusion

  • Pleural plaques



Asbestos compensation claims can be made and claimants usually have three years from their diagnosis to make a claim for compensation.

Compensation for asbestos related illnesses consists of general and special damages for pain, suffering, and loss of amenity and future losses such as loss of earnings or a care claim. The exact amount will be assessed according to the specific type illness the claimant has and how it affects their quality of life and life expectation.

Due to the time restrictions involved in making such claims, we would strongly advise you to get in touch as soon as you suspect you may have a claim arising from an asbestos-related illness so that our dedicated personal injury lawyers can discuss and assess your claim promptly.

Our personal injury team has expertise in handling matters concerning industrial diseases including asbestos. If you have been recently diagnosed with any of the above conditions and have previously worked with asbestos then contact our personal injury lawyers today to see if we can help you bring a claim against your previous employer.

Author Nilma Shah is a solicitor in the personal injury, clinical negligence and litigation departments at Duncan Lewis. She regularly handles different types of serious injury claims, providing legal representation to clients who have suffered negligence - and have sustained serious injuries, from birth injury claims to misdiagnosis claims.

Contact Nilma on 020 3114 1274 or via email on nilmap@duncanlewis.com

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