A number of conditions can be caused by exposure to asbestos, some of which are more serious than others. Pleural plaques can arise in the lung and may not cause any symptoms at all. The Courts have concluded that pleural plaques causing no symptoms do not constitute an “injury”. Asbestos may also cause pleural thickening.
Asbestosis is a disease which slowly progresses and may have no symptoms in the early stages.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lung caused by exposure to asbestos. The condition may lie dormant for literally decades. It can then be a challenge to determine which employer was responsible for the asbestos exposure and whether the employer is still in existence. Equally, employers’ liability insurance did not become compulsory until 1969.
The link between exposure to asbestos and mesothelioma became known in the 1960s but the risk of lung disease as a result of exposure to asbestos was known much earlier.
Asbestos Compensation Claims
Since these are difficult claims to pursue, a statutory compensation scheme has been set up by the government which provides fixed compensation and potentially a contribution to any legal costs incurred, depending upon how the exposure to asbestos occurred.
The process of finding out whether or not you are likely to have a compensation claim for an asbestos related disease is not straightforward but it is risk free if you contact Folgate Legal.