HAVE YOU EVER WORKED WITH ASBESTOS?
My name is Steve Woods and I am a solicitor based in Chester, UK, specialising in claims for asbestos related diseases. I have been dealing with these claims for over 25 years and I have been visiting people in Spain for the last four years recently having been to El Albir, Denia, Benidorm and Torrevieja.
If you are suffering with breathing problems it is important to have them checked out by your doctor. Investigations can show whether lung damage has been caused by exposure to asbestos and so it is important to make your doctor aware if you have come into contact with asbestos in the UK during your working life.
If you, or someone you know has been diagnosed with an asbestos related condition or has breathing problems and has come into contact with asbestos in the UK please get in touch. You may be entitled to claim damages or benefits in the UK and I can help on a no win, no fee basis.
A change in the rules now enables a solicitor to agree with his client to take a share of any money recovered. A lot of solicitors now do this but I do not because I believe that my clients should receive whatever compensation I can obtain for them in full. I can also guarantee that all claims are dealt with by a qualified solicitor.
Exposure to asbestos can occur in a variety of different occupations, not just in people working in lagging and asbestos manufacture. For example, we have dealt with claims for plumbers, electricians, carpenters, plasterers and other tradesmen, many of whom came into contact with asbestos during their working lives, even though they did not themselves actually handle asbestos.
Exposure to asbestos can cause:-
Malignant Mesothelioma is a tumour that occurs most commonly in the lining around the lung, but it can also occur elsewhere such as in the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Unfortunately, despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or (occasionally) surgery, the disease carries a poor prognosis.
Asbestosis is fibrosis (scarring) of the lungs caused by asbestos. Exposure to substantial amounts of asbestos dust during a person’s working life is necessary for a diagnosis of asbestosis.
DIFFUSE PLEURAL THICKENING
This is the thickening and hardening of the protective membrane surrounding the lung. Diffuse pleural thickening extends over a large area and restricts expansion of the lungs.
Asbestos has been recognised as an important risk factor for lung cancer for many years. However, there are a number of other possible causes for lung cancer, most importantly tobacco smoke. This means that asbestos related lung cancer claims are difficult. Generally, it has to be shown that there has been a substantial exposure to asbestos during the course of a person’s working life.
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to claim for pleural plaques, although there is a limited government scheme set up to help sufferers. If you have been diagnosed with pleural plaques and have any questions, we would be happy to assist.