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The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure

A recent article in the Daily Mail highlighted the dangers of asbestos exposure after a retired surgeon died from Mesothelioma years after carrying out work to remove an old boiler from his home, which exposed him to asbestos dust.

In the last few years there has been a huge growth in asbestos claims.  Many people who were exposed to asbestos early in their working life are only just recognising symptoms.  According to the Health and Safety Executive, asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in the UK.  In Shropshire alone, 1 person dies every 12 weeks from Mesothelioma.

There are certain types of workers who are typically exposed to asbestos and these include dock workers, ship builders, central heating engineers, demolition and renovation workers, and workers involved in spinning and pipe lagging.

If someone is worried they may be suffering from an asbestos related disease, they should always seek immediate advice from their GP.  Sufferers often don’t experience symptoms until around 15 – 20 years after the initial exposure.  This means that the condition is often hard to diagnose, especially as many asbestosis symptoms can be put down to a number of other medical conditions and are often misdiagnosed as benign diseases.

Many people are unaware that they can receive compensation under Government schemes, and may potentially be eligible for civil claims.  Industrial disease related cases are often complicated and a specialist solicitor is required to secure the maximum amount of damages for those involved.