If an individual worked for a specific industry during the 20th century, such as shipbuilding, construction, plumbing, or mining, they may have been exposed to a material called asbestos. This substance was extensively used throughout this period as it demonstrated excellent heat-resistant and insulating properties. Unfortunately, many employers either did not know that asbestos carried substantial health risks or simply did not pay attention to its dangers.
Although mostly harmless in its solid form, asbestos can prove extremely hazardous when disturbed or damaged. In this situation, the material may release fibres into the atmosphere which can cause a number of conditions if inhaled, such as lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma.
These respiratory diseases can have serious consequences. For example, mesothelioma is a form of cancer which, according to the NHS, usually proves fatal within three years of being detected.
Fortunately, the use, importation and supply of asbestos was prohibited several years ago, meaning that future generations should never come into contact with this dangerous substance. However, as the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, can develop up to 60 years after a person's initial exposure, those who previously used this material could still suffer adverse effects.
Although these could be caused by respiratory illnesses, the results of a study, published in 2012, suggests that asbestos exposure could also lead to strokes and heart disease.
Asbestos linked with strokes and heart disease
The researchers, who published their findings in the British Medical Journal, analysed the deaths of 98,912 people – all of whom had previously worked with asbestos. After more than 30 years of gathering data, it was discovered that 4,185 of the fatalities succumbed to ischemic heart disease (IHD) while 1,053 died due to strokes.
Looking at these findings, it appears individuals who previously worked with asbestos stand a much higher chance of dying from IHD or a stroke than average employees. In male asbestos workers, for example, the researchers claimed they were 39% more likely than members of the general public to die from heart disease, with 63% more likely to succumb to strokes.
This study illustrates just how dangerous asbestos can be. Sadly, despite being prohibited in the UK, many people are still suffering the effects of conditions such as mesothelioma. Yet, if they developed their illnesses due to the negligence of an employer or other individual, Seth Lovis & Co could help them receive asbestos compensation.
Helping asbestos sufferers claim compensation
Seth Lovis & Co's team of specialist asbestos solicitors have helped numerous individuals claim compensation after being adversely affected by this dangerous material. Based in the heart of London, they operate with compassion, integrity and professionalism, and will strive to secure the maximum amount of damages.
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