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How to Claim Asbestosis Compensation
Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition that can cause shortness of breath and is incurable.
Asbestosis is caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos and although no cure, there are treatments to handle the symptoms.
Asbestos has become an umbrella term used for various minerals made up of long, crystal fibres.
Asbestos is fire resistant and was used widely in the 20th century in the construction industry and manufacturing industries.
Many construction workers or other industry workers may now suffer from shortness of breath. Some cases of asbestosis go undiagnosed and asbestosis compensation claims are never filed.
When the material is damaged, chipped, or broken, asbestos is released into the air through a fine dust where the worker inhales it into their lungs.
Once this happens, it can trigger asbestosis.
Because it takes many years after initially being exposed to asbestos, many people don’t begin to suffer from the disease even up to 20 years after exposure.
Although the use of asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, workers who were exposed to asbestos can and are still suffering from asbestosis.
In 2005 in the UK alone, there were a recorded 134 deaths where asbestosis was listed as a part of the cause.
Beyond that, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reported in that same year there was 825 new claims for disability benefits from workers exposed to asbestos who were suffering from asbestosis—worse, more cases of asbestosis will occur on a daily basis.
Because asbestosis can lead to lung cancer, the prognosis is not good with only approximately 10% of people receiving a clean bill of health.
If you feel you are suffering from shortness of breath and have worked with asbestos in the past, what should you do?
Start With Your Employer
Although asbestos was banned in 1999, many industrial workers still work for companies where they were exposed to asbestos or are, unbelievably, still being exposed to the material during their working day.
And, because it can take years for shortness of breath and even lung problems or cancer to develop, you may suffer from asbestosis and need to make your employer aware.
First, visit a doctor or if you have one, your work doctor to see if indeed you are suffering from asbestosis.
Next, you should notify your employer about the condition in writing so they understand how important it is that you were exposed to asbestos and the early health steps they can take to help other employees like you. Beyond your employer, you may be eligible for an asbestosis compensation claim.
How Do I File an Asbestosis Compensation Claim?
Here at How To Claim Compensation we are experienced in filing asbestosis compensation claims. All you need to do is to submit details of your injury into the question box at the top of this page and we will send you a response email within the hour and let you know what you need to do next. Too many people who suffer workplace or industrial diseases such as asbestosis do nothing and have expenses they are not able to pay due to their inability to work.
If this is happening to you, we encourage you to use our website and see how we can help you find the information you need to make an asbestosis claim.
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