The dangers of asbestos have been well known for years. Although many industries frequently used this material until the middle of the 1980s due to its heat-resistant and insulating properties, when disturbed it has the potential to release fibres which can result in a number of health conditions.
These diseases will not become apparent immediately after a person comes into contact with asbestos, with symptoms taking many decades to develop after their initial exposure.
Sadly, many of these sufferers will experience serious consequences due to their conditions. For example, according to the NHS, an asbestosis prognosis is very serious. Although it can be managed, severe cases can dramatically affect a person's quality of life and shorten their life expectancy.
Patients diagnosed with asbestosis could stand a higher chance of developing other, and more serious, asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma – a form of cancer which usually claims the life of the victim within three years of being diagnosed.
Despite the implementation of legislation, which made it illegal for individuals to import, supply, or use asbestos in the UK, this dangerous material may still be located in properties constructed or refurbished before the year 2000. Therefore, in order to prevent staff members from suffering potentially fatal diseases in the future, employers must adequately control the risks associated with this dangerous material.
Unfortunately, research suggests that more needs to be done to prevent individuals from suffering asbestos exposure.
Asbestos exposure still occurs today
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), as of 2010, approximately 125 million employees worldwide suffered asbestos exposure while at work. Moreover, WHO estimates that no less than 107,000 individuals die annually after being diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.
In Britain, research published by Imperial College London, during 2013, revealed that 8% of all fatalities from cancer were caused by carcinogens in the workplace – with mesothelioma being the most common condition.
After analysing their findings, one researcher urged employers to start "thinking about the new generation" and added it was never "too late to help prevent some of these diseases".
Claiming compensation for asbestos exposure
If you developed an asbestos-related disease after exposure in the workplace, you may be entitled to claim compensation through an asbestosis or mesothelioma solicitor.
At Seth Lovis & Co, we understand the impact that asbestos-related diseases may have on a client's life. Our team of expert asbestos solicitors have many years' experience in winning asbestos disease claims.
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you may be entitled to receive asbestos compensation. Please contact us on 0370 218 4025, or alternatively fill in an online enquiry form.