Asbestos related cancer claims.
According to the NHS around 4000 deaths per year are caused by asbestos related lung cancer, making it the UK’s biggest industrial disease killer.
If you have lost a loved one to cancer because of exposure to a dangerous substance call 0800 633 5730 for legal advice.
At present the HSE is running a campaign called Asbestos: The Hidden Killer because in spite of the substance being banned from use and strict rules being in place related to its removal and destruction when found, workers are still dying from exposure to this highly dangerous substance. Many of these deaths are of tradespeople such as builders, plasterers and electricians.
The campaign has been created to highlight the fact that many tradesmen believe their risk of exposure and likelihood of developing an asbestos related disease is low because it has been banned for many years.
However workers need to be aware that the risk remains as the substance is likely to be found in any building which was constructed or renovated prior to the year 2000.
Asbestos is a naturally occurring burn resistant material which was used extensively in the 1950s in the building industry for fireproofing in everything from pipe lagging to textured plaster.
Sadly the substance, which was meant to protect people has in fact led to the death of thousands of people who have died from related cancers, and it can be found everywhere from schools and hospitals to people’s homes.
Are you at risk from exposure to asbestos?
Workers are at risk when renovating a building containing asbestos, as when fibres are disturbed by cutting or drilling they can easily be inhaled as dust.
Builders renovating houses are at risk and should take measures to reduce their potential exposure to the deadly substance.
HSE advice to workers who may come into contact with asbestos:
- If you believe that asbestos is present in a building, do not start work. Contact a qualified professional to investigate and test to see if asbestos is present.
- If asbestos is found a licensed contractor should be contacted to remove the substance as soon as possible, untrained workers should not attempt to do this themselves.
- If a worker has had the correct training and is licensed to work with asbestos, the correct tools and protective clothing should be used.
Treatment for asbestos related cancer.
Sadly there is no cure for asbestos-related cancers such as mesothelioma, however early detection and treatment by radiotherapy, chemotherapy and surgery can improve symptoms and prolong life.
Making a claim against your employer.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and have developed a related cancer you are entitled to claim compensation from your employer if a link between your job and the illness can be found.
Why choose Imperium Law to represent you in your claim.
- Our industrial illness team have years of experience and claims successes on behalf of workers suffering from an industrial disease.
- We have the expertise needed to successfully win your claim.
- We understand the urgency of settling matters as quickly as possible so that you can get the settlement you deserve, in a short a time as possible.