Before the importation, supply, and use of asbestos was prohibited throughout the UK, the material was widely used in various industries due to its heat-resistant and insulating properties.
Unfortunately, it also carries a substantial health risk. Potentially, if exposed to this substance, individuals could eventually be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease – such as asbestosis or mesothelioma.
In many cases, these conditions will not become apparent immediately after coming into contact with asbestos. Instead, sufferers can develop symptoms years or even decades after their initial exposure.
However, if an employer's negligence resulted in an individual developing an asbestos-related disease, he or she may be entitled to claim compensation through a specialist Seth Lovis & Co solicitor.
We have a wealth of experience in helping mesothelioma and asbestosis sufferers receive damages after developing their conditions through non-fault exposure, whether they were working in occupations such as construction, shipbuilding – or the motor vehicle industry.
Asbestos and vehicles
Asbestos was previously used in the motor vehicle industry on parts such as brake linings, clutches, and gaskets. Fortunately, as manufacturing these types of components while using asbestos is now prohibited, modern cars are very unlikely to contain this substance. However, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) warns that asbestos could still be present in old or classic vehicles.
In addition, this material can potentially be found inside imported cars. For example, in 2012, a number of vehicles were transported to Australia after being produced by two Chinese car manufacturers. Reportedly, while carrying out inspections, customs officers discovered the presence of asbestos. Consequently, following an investigation, approximately 23,000 vehicles were eventually recalled.
If anyone conducted maintenance or repair work on these cars, they could have been exposed to dangerous asbestos fibres. Potentially, if they developed a condition such as asbestosis from brake pads and clutch facings, they might be entitled to claim asbestos compensation through the services of Seth Lovis & Co.
Claiming asbestos compensation
Although the HSE states that garage workers are at a "relatively low" risk of developing asbestos-related cancer, these people may be entitled to receive damages if they developed their conditions during non-fault exposure.
At Seth Lovis & Co, our experienced team of solicitors will strive to secure maximum compensation – not only to help sufferers improve their lifestyles, but also to provide therapy costs and to reimburse lost earnings.
Please complete an online enquiry form or contact us on 0808 252 0678 to find out if you are entitled to claim asbestos compensation.