Although asbestos is unlikely to present any danger to human health when intact, if it is disturbed this becomes another story altogether. Whether the substance is in place on pipes, in the form of lagging, in insulation or plasterboard, paint or some other manifestation, when it deteriorates or is disturbed it releases dust particles into the air which can then be inhaled or ingested, causing damage to human health.
If you have suffered exposure to asbestos – whether in the workplace, secondarily or in a public building - and you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you should consider your possible entitlement to compensation.
The Asbestos Claim Centre, specialists in asbestos disease claims, can advise and represent you to ensure your full rights are upheld under the law. Call us today on 0800 508 8747 or submit an online enquiry form.
Uniting the victims of asbestos in the name of justice
In January 2015 Britain and Ireland's largest union, Unite, urged all members who thought they had been exposed to asbestos in the workplace to join an official register as part of a nationwide awareness campaign.
At the time of the call, Unite, which has around 1.4 million members, said that its existing register already contained the details of 11,000 members. However, in expanding the register, Unite hoped it would benefit the asbestos disease claims of the future; by having a large database containing such information as employers, employer health and safety practices, asbestos exposure witness statements and more, it helps expedite and support claims of affected workers and their families.
"Asbestos may be banned from being used in buildings, but it hasn't gone. The impact of this silent killer is on the rise, which is why we are urging members who think they have been exposed to asbestos to get on the register," commented Unite.
"It is shocking that around 5,000 people die every year from asbestos related diseases because of corporate negligence."
Making a claim
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer as a consequence of exposure to asbestos in the workplace, you could be entitled to compensation; you could even be entitled to compensation if you suffered secondary exposure – for example, through dust on a family member's work overalls.
The Asbestos Claim Centre is home to specialist asbestos lung cancer claim solicitors with expertise in the full range of asbestos disease claims, including mesothelioma, asbestosis and pleural thickening.
If you would like advice and information regarding your legal rights, please call 0800 508 8747.