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Asbestos is a silicate mineral that is used to create various housing materials, including insulation, floor coverings and household appliances. Excessive exposure to asbestos can be dangerous to health, and may cause lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestosis in the years following exposure.

Health issues caused by asbestos do not become notable until later life, when worrying symptoms may start to appear. If you believe you are suffering from illnesses related to asbestos exposure, you could have grounds to make a claim.

High-risk occupations include joiners, electricians, painters, construction traders, railroad workers and boilermakers. Asbestos-related disease may also extend to family members who have, for example, washed the clothes of an employee working with asbestos.

Heath issues caused by asbestos exposure

Asbest - asbestos 05Pleural issues

The pleural cavity is the name given to the space between the two pleura of the lungs. A pleura is a membrane of the lung, which can cause problems if damaged.

Pleural problems may not appear until after 15 years following asbestos exposure, and include:

  • Pleural plaques, which occur in 20-60% of those who have been exposed to asbestos. They can cause chest pain and do not become malignant.
  • Diffuse pleural thickening can occur, which can make breathing difficult.
  • Pleural effusion is a collection of excess fluid that accumulates around the lungs, impairing breathing and reducing expansion of the lungs.


Asbestosis is an interstitial lung disease that is a result of inhalation of asbestos fibres. It has a latent period of 20-30 years and may not become evident until later in life.

  • Asbestosis can manifest initially as gradual loss of breath and a reduced tolerance to exercise.
  • Asbestosis may lead to finger clubbing and heart disease.
  • There is currently no specific treatment available for asbestosis.

Lung cancer

Cancer may be caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres.

  • Asbestos-caused lung cancer may occur in the body of a patient not suffering from asbestosis.
  • Cancers caused by asbestos are treated in much the same was as standard cancers.

What to do next

If you can prove that your employer allowed you to work with asbestos due to your profession, you may have a claim. Our team of lawyers are dedicated to help you claim compensation for an asbestos-related illness, and help you to achieve the justice you deserve.

Because asbestos-related illnesses do not manifest for years after the exposure, we understand that it may seem daunting to place a claim. However, our no win no fee service offers the full help you require to research and investigate your claim.

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