Asbestos is a naturally occurring and fibrous material. It is largely fire resistant and is resistant to many other hazards and this made it a very popular building material especially at the beginning of the 20th century through until the turn of the 21st century. It was discovered early in the century, however, that some deaths were related to exposure to the material. Despite this knowledge it wasn’t until 1985 when the more dangerous forms of asbestos were outlawed in the UK. Since then, people that have developed diseases like mesothelioma have been able to submit an asbestos claim to seek compensation from their former employers.
Asbestos Related Illnesses
If you worked with asbestos and have been diagnosed with an illness that may be linked to this exposure then you should consult with a specialist solicitor. Even if the company that you worked for at the time no longer exists you can still make a claim and with the appropriate supporting evidence, your asbestos claim should prove a successful one.
Where Asbestos Was Used
Everything from construction materials to roofing shingles and even brake lining and clutch pads dating back prior to 1981 could potentially contain asbestos still. It is the responsibility of the owner of old buildings to manage the asbestos risk by identifying and labeling asbestos and then, if necessary, paying to have it removed professionally and carefully.
Why Asbestos Was Used
Asbestos is easily sawn, broken, or damaged and this is when it releases the fibers that can get caught in the lungs and cause lacerations to various internal organs. When used in construction, it was sawn and otherwise worked with which means that the people working with it were often exposed to the material when it was in its most dangerous form. If you believe you worked with asbestos and have been diagnosed with an illness like mesothelioma then you should file an asbestos claim with your former employer.
Visit www.mesotheliomamatters.com for more information on how best to proceed with an asbestos claim.
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