Exposure to asbestos can occur in a variety of different occupations, not just in people working in lagging and asbestos manufacture. For example, we have dealt with claims for plumbers, electricians, carpenters, plasterers and other tradesmen, many of whom came into contact with asbestos during their working lives, even though they did not themselves actually handle asbestos.
Exposure to asbestos can cause:-
- Diffuse Pleural Thickening
- Lung Cancer
- Pleural Plaques
Malignant Mesothelioma is a tumour that occurs most commonly in the lining around the lung, but it can also occur elsewhere such as in the lining of the abdominal cavity.
Unfortunately, despite treatment with chemotherapy, radiotherapy or (occasionally) surgery, the disease carries a poor prognosis.
Asbestosis is fibrosis (scarring) of the lungs caused by asbestos. Exposure to substantial amounts of asbestos dust during a person’s working life is necessary for a diagnosis of asbestosis.
Diffuse Pleural Thickening
This is the thickening and hardening of the protective membrane surrounding the lung. Diffuse pleural thickening extends over a large area and restricts expansion of the lungs.
Asbestos has been recognised as an important risk factor for lung cancer for many years. However, there are a number of other possible causes for lung cancer, most importantly tobacco smoke. This means that asbestos related lung cancer claims are difficult. Generally, it has to be shown that there has been a substantial exposure to asbestos during the course of a person’s working life.
Unfortunately, it is no longer possible to claim for pleural plaques, but if you have been diagnosed with pleural plaques and have any questions, we would be happy to assist.