Asbestos – a naturally occurring substance made up of tiny mineral fibres – was used as a building material throughout the UK from the 1940s until its ban in the mid 1980s.
Asbestos was used for its heat and fire-resistant properties, sound-proofing ability, and durability. At the time, the dangers of asbestos exposure were unknown to many, resulting in hundreds of thousands of tradesmen inhaling dangerous amounts of the hazardous material.
Generations of UK tradesmen, as well as tradesmen from around the world, have been affected by asbestos. The time period taken for asbestos-related conditions, such as Asbestosis and Mesothelioma, to develop can be as long as 40 or 50 years from the date of first exposure. Due to this development period, it is common that the employer to blame has gone out of business. The solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co are experts in asbestos disease claims and are often able to trace the responsible insurers.
Due to the diverse usage of asbestos, our solicitors advise clients from a wide range of industries. Asbestos claims in Portsmouth and Southampton are often made by those who worked in the ship building industry.
Asbestos claims in Portsmouth and Southampton
During both ship building and ship repair work, asbestos was used for a variety of tasks, for example in pipe work, brake lining in winches, and insulation for boilers.
Clients who worked with asbestos while building or repairing sea vessels often worked in cramped conditions and without any breathing protection – due to a failure by authorities to issue sufficient warnings and implement regulations to reduce exposure. As a result, many shipbuilders in Portsmouth and Southampton have been diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses including Asbestosis and Mesothelioma.
Seth Lovis & Co injury solicitors
The expert solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co specialise in helping to make asbestos related claims for clients and their families. If you or a family member have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease in the last three years, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your illness.
Contact us on 0370 218 4025 to bring a no win, no fee claim against the company (or companies) liable – whether or not they are still in business.