Asbestosis is a chronic lung disease caused by exposure to asbestos. It is considered to be an occupational illness as most suffers are exposed to asbestos through handling it in their job or in the workplace.
How common is asbestosis?
Unlike other asbestos related illness such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, it can be hard to get precise figures on the number of people suffering from asbestosis.
Although the condition can be acute, leaving people with limited mobility and disabling symptoms, these can be easily mistaken as signs of other health conditions.
Asbestosis usually develops decades after exposure to asbestos. As a consequence, many patients simply do not make the link between the symptoms they are suffering and their work many years ago. Instead, many people assume their breathlessness and chest pains are the result of smoking or the aging process and do not report their experiences to their doctors.
Is asbestosis life threatening?
In serious cases, asbestosis can reduce your lifespan and quality of life. The Health and Safety Executive reports that in 2005 there were 134 deaths in the UK in which asbestosis was an underlying cause. In the same year there were 825 new disability benefits claims because of health complications resulting from asbestosis. This figure is likely to increase in the years ahead.
Is asbestosis related to other asbestos diseases?
Being diagnosed with Asbestosis increases your chances of developing lung cancer and mesothelioma, a rare malignant tumour found in the membrane of the lungs and other organs.
Recognising the signs of asbestosis can increase your chances of successful treatment. Lifestyle factors can be adjusted to help improve your quality of life. Close monitoring for asbestos cancer can aid an early diagnosis of any dangerous tumours.
Can I claim compensation for asbestosis?
Many people suffering with asbestosis have made successful compensation claims for their injuries. Many asbestos related illnesses are due to negligence by former employers and there is a long legal tradition in the UK of asbestosis victims receiving compensation for their injuries.
Many victims of asbestos related illness find that the substantial payment that they receive allows them to continue supporting their loved ones even as their condition deteriorates.
At Macks Solicitors, we work to ensure that your compensation claim is a straightforward process. Our quality, caring team of solicitors will support you throughout your asbestosis claim. We’ll fight for maximum compensation for you and your loved ones.
Asbestosis is caused by repeated or prolonged exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral. It is frequently found in insulation materials and as part of construction materials. Before the 1970’s, asbestos was the building material of choice because it was strong and very heat resistant.