Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres and dust can lead to the development of a lung condition called asbestosis. Asbestosis is a serious condition which causes fibrous hardening and scarring of the tissue surrounding the lungs. Symptoms include a persistent cough and shortness of breath.
In some cases, this condition can be so serious that it may considerably shorten a sufferer's life expectancy and prevent them from fulfilling their pre-diagnosis lifestyles. Those diagnosed with asbestosis may also be more likely to develop other asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma.
There is no cure for asbestosis. People who are diagnosed with asbestosis often have to come to terms with the fact they will receive treatment to manage its symptoms but not cure the disease itself.
Asbestosis is only caused by exposure to asbestos fibres which means, in many cases, sufferers have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace. In this situation, they may be entitled to receive compensation through an asbestosis claim.
Occupations associated with asbestosis
Asbestosis is often a condition associated with the construction industry. This occupation widely used asbestos to provide fireproofing and insulation in a number of different areas. Consequently, this material can be found in places such as floor tiles, pipes and wall boards.
Asbestos was used so extensively that if a building was built or renovated before the year 2000, it could still contain this dangerous substance. Furthermore, in 2013, a group of asbestos solicitors claimed that 90% of asbestosis sufferers had previously worked within the construction industry, which suggests these people were exposed to asbestos while carrying out their jobs.
Many others industries have used large quantities of asbestos and exposed thousands of their workforce to this dangerous material and, consequently, put them at risk of developing asbestosis.
These professions could include:
- Railway workers
- Chemical manufacturers
Claiming compensation for asbestosis
Regardless of the occupation an individual worked in, if they were exposed to asbestos dust and have since been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, they may be entitled to claim compensation through Seth Lovis & Co.
To find out more information about claiming compensation for asbestosis, please complete an online enquiry form or contact us today on 0370 218 4025.