Asbestos Disease Claims in the UK
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease and are looking for advice regarding a claim, the friendly solicitors at the Asbestos Claim Centre are available to speak to now. Call 0800 508 8747 or submit an online enquiry by clicking here now.
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural mineral composed of silicon, oxygen, hydrogen and other metal ions and that was mined from rock in a number of countries around the world. It is a tiny fibre, less than half the diameter of a strand of hair.
Asbestos was widely used in the UK building and general construction industry from the 1940’s to the mid 1980’s due to its insulation and heat bearing properties.
Asbestos fibres insulate very well because they are strong, flexible and non-flammable. It was shipped to the United Kingdom from the large mines of Canada and South Africa. The use of asbestos was banned in the UK in 1989.
Types of asbestos
The three most common varieties of asbestos fibres are chrysotile, amosite and crocidolite. Below is a brief description of each.
The three most common varieties of asbestos fibres are;
Commonly referred to as white asbestos.
Commonly referred to as brown asbestos.
Commonly referred to as blue asbestos and is the most dangerous type of asbestos.
In order to stick to surfaces, asbestos needed to be attached to something so it was often mixed with other compounds to bind it together. It was often applied by hand or sprayed onto walls, doors, ceilings, panels, boilers and pipe-work.
It was also mixed with compounds to make pre formed asbestos sheets commonly used for insulation and cement in guttering.
When asbestos was disturbed, damaged or manipulated by cutting, sanding or handling, tiny fibres were transported in the air due to being extremely aerodynamic. Inhalation of these tiny fibres has been proved to cause serious medical conditions effecting the lungs and there lining that dramatically reduce life expectancy.
Common Asbestos Diseases
There are several common diseases associated with asbestos exposure. Click on the links below to read more.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with any asbestos related disease, our expert asbestos claim solicitors can advise you on a claim for compensation. We have over 65 years collective experience in dealing with this complex type of law. We have helped many people in exact position claim compensation.
Make your asbestos claim
If you would like to speak with a member of our friendly team to discuss the possibility of making an asbestos related claim for compensation call us today on 0800 508 8747, alternatively you can fill out an online enquiry form and we will contact you, either way, we are here to help you every step of the way.