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Asbestos Related Disease

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and was first mined over 4000 years ago. However, it was not until the end of the 19th century that the mining of Asbestos became very prominent in modern industry. The mining of Asbestos peaked worldwide in the mid 1970’s.

Asbestos has many unique properties and uses and because it is relatively inexpensive, industry historically has used Asbestos in many forms. However, despite it’s obvious benefits, workers using or working with Asbestos have for decades been exposed to the dangers associated with inhalation of Asbestos dust and fibres.

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Many industries in which Asbestos was historically used exposed their workers and members of the public to high levels of Asbestos dust and fibres without any regard for their health and safety.

The Health & Safety Executive reported in 2009 that there were in excess of 4,500 deaths recorded in the UK which were directly related to Asbestos exposure. This in modern times is unacceptable.

The conditions associated with Asbestos exposure are:

  • Mesothelioma (a form of cancer commonly affecting the outer lining of the lung)
  • Lung Cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural Thickening
  • Pleural Plaques

The above conditions result in varying degrees of injury and associated symptoms. Pleural Plaques will not normally cause any degree of physical disability and will only be detected after the sufferer has undergone a chest x-ray or a CT scan of the chest.

Pleural Thickening and Asbestosis can often restrict the lung capacity and this can result in shortness of breath and tiredness on exertion. Both these conditions often continue to deteriorate after a diagnosis has been made.

Mesothelioma and Lung Cancer are by their very nature the two most serious conditions associated with Asbestos exposure. Both these conditions can invariably result in the significant reduction of life expectancy of the person suffering with the condition.

However, the other conditions listed above can also have a serious debilitating affect on the sufferer and their families.

Despite knowledge in the early 20th century that Asbestos carried with it major health risks, many industries failed to put in place relatively inexpensive measures to ensure Asbestos exposure was prevented or minimised.

Industries where Asbestos exposure is frequently encountered are:

  • Steel Works and Foundries
  • Power Stations, Power Plants, Boiler & Turbine Houses
  • Factory Environments
  • Construction Industry
  • Asbestos Removal
  • Insulation and Fire Proofing Industry
  • Manufacturing of Asbestos Products
  • Demolition and Construction Disposal
  • Heavy Goods Vehicle Maintenance

At MRH Solicitors we have a dedicated team within the specialist industrial disease department which has extensive experience of pursuing claims for damages, that is compensation, against negligent employers on behalf of the victims and their families of Asbestos related illness.

Any person suffering with Mesothelioma or Lung Cancer can expect to meet with a specialist from the specialist industrial disease department within 24 hours of first making contact with MRH Solicitors, no matter where you reside in the UK.

MRH Solicitors have in place the resources and the expertise to ensure any victim of Asbestos related illness and their families are fully advised and the claims process can be tailored to suit their needs. We use only the leading medical experts and care professionals to ensure compensation is maximised for our clients.

Furthermore, the team at MRH Solicitors have seen at first hand the catastrophic effects that Asbestos related illness can have on victims and their families. Therefore, each case is dealt with as a priority and with minimal inconvenience to the client. MRH Solicitors have a policy of putting in place an individual case plan for each client to ensure their individual needs are met and that the client is fully compensated.

In addition to pursuing the negligent employer, MRH Solicitors will also ensure that clients are fully advised in relation to applying for and receiving state benefits which many sufferers of Asbestos related illness are entitled to receive. MRH Solicitors will assist in this process which is often daunting and overwhelming.

“My solicitor was friendly. I would recommend MRH to anyone which I already have. I couldn’t praise your firm enough.”
Miss B Weaver
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