Asbestos and the Risks to Your Health

focusAsbestos related illnesses can be an all too common problem for people whose job causes them to work with the confines of an older building. Used extensively across Britain, any structure constructed prior to 2000 has the potential of containing asbestos. Asbestos material used within buildings is usually safe unless the fibres become airborne through structural damage, meaning that many people in professions such as construction work are at an especially great risk.

A recent article in the Construction Enquirer relates how a property developer has been both fined and given a suspended prison sentence for exposing his employees to asbestos dust from a school conversion. It is the responsibility of an employer to provide a safe working environment for their employees, so any negligence in this area is taken very seriously. You can find out more about the specific dangers of inhaling Asbestos, and how to dispose of waste which may contain it by visiting the Environment Agency website.

Many victims of asbestos related diseases are entitled to compensation. Asbestos related conditions often take a long time to develop, only becoming evident during the years after initial exposure. It is also not uncommon for the families of an asbestos victim to be able to make a claim. This BBC News story reports how the family of a Devon man, who sadly died due to asbestosis, are now calling for compensation. Such claims need investigating by specialist professionals, and there are a lot of companies you can turn to receive relevant help and advice.

One choice when it comes to investigating an asbestos related claim is the Asbestos Advice Helpline. Boasting a team of specialist solicitors and lawyers, each claim proceeds according to a six step process beginning with establishing who exactly is responsible for your condition, and eventually proceeding to a potential trial in court.  You can read more about this claim process by visiting the Asbestos Advice Helpline website. All advice is impartial and confidential, allowing you to have complete confidence when it comes to the validity of your claim. Asbestos Advice Helpline also works to a ‘no win no fee’ policy, meaning that all legal costs are extracted from the company involved, ensuring that you get the compensation that you’re entitled to.

Asbestos related illnesses are not to be taken lightly. If you or someone that you know has a disease or condition which could be related to a previous history of being exposed to asbestos then it is well worth investigating your rights to make a claim. The process needn’t be half as complex as some people think, so there’s really no reason for not exploring your options further.