Many industries during the 20th century frequently used asbestos to complete a number of different tasks, including providing insulation and making certain objects resistant to heat. The properties of asbestos were well promoted, and soon this material could be found in places such as shipyards, building sites and factories.
However, those using this substance may not have realised that it carried a number of health risks. For example, if someone disturbs or damages asbestos, it may release fibres into the air which can eventually result in a number of illnesses if inhaled.
One of these is a type of cancer called mesothelioma.
According to the NHS, approximately 1,800 people die from this condition annually in the UK – and it is often caused by exposure to asbestos. However, a person will not develop mesothelioma immediately after coming into contact with this material. Instead, symptoms can become apparent up to 60 years after their initial exposure.
Sadly, the NHS expects the number of mesothelioma-related deaths to increase over the next few years. In fact, by 2050, the organisation states this condition will have claimed the lives of 90,000 individuals in the UK.
Fortunately, various pieces of legislation have been implemented in order to control asbestos use in this country. As a result, future generations should be prevented from suffering the terrible effects of asbestos-related diseases.
Perhaps this reason explains why so many people believed asbestos was "yesterday's problem" – possibly thinking that this material's legacy was just a thing of the past.
Yet, this opinion could not be further from the truth. As the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases can develop decades after a person's initial exposure, those who came into contact with this material between the 1960s and 1980s could still be diagnosed with these conditions.
Moreover, many of these sufferers could be choosing to contact an asbestos solicitor in order to claim compensation.
In 2004, the results of a study predicted that during the next 30 years, up to 200,000 British workers could be seeking damages from insurance companies for asbestos-related conditions. Furthermore, considering that those who make mesothelioma claims generally receive an average of approximately £100,000, it was believed that the total cost of these cases could be as high as £20bn.
Claiming compensation through Seth Lovis & Co
At Seth Lovis & Co, our experienced team realises that asbestos-related conditions are not "yesterday's problem" and would like to help those adversely affected claim compensation.
To find out if you are entitled to receive damages, please complete an online enquiry form or contact our team today on 0370 218 4025.