Asbestosis is the most widely known disease associated with excessive asbestos exposure. It is caused by breathing in asbestos fibres which in turn leads to scarring and thickening of lung tissues. This damage causes the lungs to lose elasticity making it less easy fir the lungs to inflate on breathing.
If you, or a loved one, has been diagnosed with the disease in the last three years you could be entitled to compensation. Contact True Solicitors today for a free, initial no-obligation assessment of your case. We will handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.
Call us on 0344 854 7000 or submit your details below and we’ll call you back at suitable time for you.
What are the symptoms of asbestosis?
The symptoms can take around between 10-40 years from the initial exposure to asbestos to manifest. Symptoms can include:
• Tightness in the chest
• Shortness of breath
• Appetite loss
• Persistent dry cough
• Finger clubbing
Who is most at risk of developing asbestosis?
People who are most at risk of developing asbestosis are those who were directly exposed to asbestos in the workplace. People who working in the following professions up until the mid-1980s are most at risk:
• Shipyard workers
• Carpenters and joiners
People have developed asbestosis as a result of living near to asbestos factories or though living with someone who worked with the material and brought asbestos fibres home on their clothes.
Is there a time limit for making a claim?
You must make a claim within three years of being diagnosed with asbestosis. If a loved one has passed away, you have up to three years from the diagnosis which found asbestos to be the cause to make a claim.
As asbestosis can take decades to develop, we can still help you with your claim even if:
• Your former employer has ceased trading.
• You are not sure of the exact date in which you were exposed.
• You did not work for the company that you believe to be responsible.
How much will my claim be worth?
The amount of compensation that you may receive is dependent upon the individual circumstances of your case. The amount will depend on factors such as:
• The severity of your further health complications.
• How your life has been affected by your illness.
• Your future care and support needs.
• Financial losses, including how much money you have lost or will lose as a result of the industrial disease (e.g. loss of earnings, travel expenses).
If your partner or parent died as a result of asbestosis, you could be eligible to claim as a ‘dependent’ to account for their loss of income.
How much will it cost to make a claim?
True Solicitors handle all industrial disease claims on a No Win, No Fee basis, meaning that there are no upfront costs to pay.
We offer a free initial, no obligation assessment of your case. Contact us on 0344 854 7000 or submit your details via our online enquiry form and we’ll call you back.