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Explained: Asbestos Claims and Compensation

How do you approach an asbestos-related personal injury claim? Tilly Bailey & Irvine Solicitors answer your questions...

Thousands of people are diagnosed with asbestos related injuries annually. There are currently more than 5,000 deaths from asbestos related diseases in the UK every year including those from mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.

Being diagnosed with any one of these illnesses will come as a shock as these diseases can take several years to develop after the initial exposure to asbestos.

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Mark Ellis, industrial disease specialist at Tilly Bailey & Irvine, and his team of expert solicitors specialise in bringing claims on behalf of those people who have been exposed to asbestos in many industries. Tilly Bailey & Irvine are experts at identifying where any exposure took place and achieving the right level of compensation for those affected. Indeed the firm has successfully obtained millions of pounds in compensation for people who have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace over the years.

What is Asbestos?

Asbestos is a material that was used in many products for its fire and heat resistance properties. Unfortunately the asbestos fibres can cause a range of diseases in those exposed to them. Asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999 however it is estimated that at least 50% of all asbestos ever used in the construction of buildings in this country is still present.

Who is affected by asbestos related diseases?

Not everyone who was exposed to asbestos develops asbestos related diseases. However claims are high amongst those who have worked in certain roles or industries. Those include heavy industry workers, tradesmen such as plumbers, heating engineers and those in construction, manufacturing and ship building.

There is however no restriction on those who can be affected and the types of work of those who have brought claims also include nurses, caretakers and teachers.

Tilly Bailey & Irvine have handled asbestos and mesothelioma asbestos claims for wives and other family members who were exposed to asbestos from the clothes of their husbands, fathers or even sons brought home from work.

Claims can be made for those who have lived close to factories and were exposed to asbestos dust which escaped into the atmosphere.

Which asbestos related injuries can you claim for?

Exposure to asbestos has been linked to a range of diseases including:

  • Pleural thickening – a lung disease in which extensive scarring thickens the lining of the lungs
  • Asbestosis – long term inflammation and scarring of the lungs due to prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres
  • Lung cancer caused by inhaling asbestos fibres
  • Mesothelioma – a cancer that develops from the thin layer of tissue that covers many of the internal organs known as the mesothelium.

TBI has recovered damages for mesothelioma not only of the lungs, but also of the stomach.

Asbestos diseases do take a long time to develop. The time between exposure to asbestos and developing disease is at least 10 years and can typically be between 30 and 40 years however there is no upper limit.

Making a claim for asbestos related disease

If you have been exposed to asbestos, suffer from an asbestos related disease and believe you have a claim contact the team of asbestos lawyers at Tilly Bailey & Irvine. TBI Solicitors only represent Claimants and do not act for Defendants or insurance companies in any circumstances for asbestos related claims.

TBI offers new clients free initial advice to discuss your claim, as well as offering a no-win, no-fee claim. Call our north east personal injury solicitors on 0333 444 4422 or make an enquiry online.