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Asbestos - Solicitors Help Personal Injury Compensation Claims

08th June 2010
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Asbestos is the name given to a naturally occurring mineral that has been widely used in construction and shipbuilding since the 1950s. Asbestos was widely used because it is inflammable, virtually indestructible, flexible and has low thermal conductivity. It is considered ideal for use in insulation, cement, brake linings, and fireproofing.

There are three different types of asbestos. The first is called crocidolite and is more commonly known as blue asbestos - this had been used mainly in the textile industry and it was banned in the UK in 1985. The second is called Amosite and is more commonly known as brown asbestos - this was used primarily for insulation and then forbidden for use in the United Kingdom in 1985. The third is called Chrysotile and is commonly known as white asbestos - it was used in the textile and construction industry and this was only banned from being used in the United Kingdom in 1999.

Although asbestos is very useful, it is very dangerous also. Asbestos fibers can break off into millions of tiny pieces that are easily inhaled into the lungs where they can be extremely harmful.

Asbestos related diseases:
Asbestos-related diseases take many years to develop. A 30-40 year gap is common and there is no upper limit, with numerous instances of a latency period of 60 years or more. Hence, even if you worked with asbestos a long time ago, there is still a risk that you may be affected, particularly if you were exposed regularly or in very high doses. Asbestos-related diseases also occur among the wives and children of men who worked regularly with asbestos, getting loose fibres caught in their work overalls which were then brought into the home.

There are many different conditions related to asbestos. Conditions include pleural plaques, mesothelioma, asbestosis and lung cancer. Asbestosis is often misused as a term for all asbestos-related disease. If you have developed an asbestos-related condition (with the exception of pleural plaques), and can demonstrate that you have been exposed to asbestos because of the fault of another, then you would be allowed to file a claim for injury.

The vast majority of cases of disease develop after years of asbestos dust and fibre inhalation. X-ray analysis, testing and lung function tests can diagnose an asbestos-related disease and monitor its progress. Generally, the earlier an asbestos related disease is diagnosed, the better the condition can be treated or controlled. However, mesothelioma, asbestosis and asbestos-related lung cancer are extremely aggressive and painful conditions that invariably result in death.

Injuries claim advice:
If you or someone you know has developed an asbestos-related disease, telephone us for compensation claim advice. We are here to help. We are experts in all personal injury matters. We will be able to advise whether or not you have a valid claim for compensation. Our experienced personal injury attorneys will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim in plain English and will gladly address any questions or concerns you may have. If you have a valid personal injury claim, and if you decide to tackle the issue, just instruct us and we will endeavor to recover our legal fees from the person responsible for your injuries, meaning the whole procedure is free for you.

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If you have a personal injury claim relating to Asbestos, just instruct solicitors london and we will endeavor to recover our legal fees from the person responsible for your injuries, meaning the whole procedure is free for you.
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