Employers are responsible for providing their workers with a safe working environment. While some jobs inevitably come with a degree of risk, in the case of asbestos exposure all employees should be provided with the correct protective equipment to guard against industrial diseases.
Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure
One of the major symptoms of asbestos exposure is difficulty breathing, particularly after physical exercise. This can become apparent even after comparatively light exercise such as walking upstairs.
Another symptom is a heavy cough, which can in some cases include coughing up blood.
Some of the more common asbestos-related illnesses include:
- Diffuse Pleural Thickening – This affects the outer lining of the lungs, which become scarred and thickened, leading to restricted lung function.
- Asbestosis – Scarring of the lung tissue caused by inhalation of asbestos fibres. This condition causes shortness of breath and respiratory disability.
- Mesothelioma – Form of cancer usually caused by asbestos exposure, which affects the outer lining of the lungs and sometimes the lining of the abdominal cavity. This disease has become such an issue in the UK it was even mentioned in the 2013 Queen’s Speech at the state opening of Parliament.
- Lung Cancer – Can be caused by asbestos exposure.
’At Risk’ Industries
Some of the industries where workers may find themselves at the greatest risk of asbestos exposure and other forms of chemical poisoning include:
- Ship workers, dock workers and their families
- Boiler Servicemen
- Fire Fighters
Ask Sheldon Davidson Solicitors
Asbestos exposure can have serious, long term consequences for workers. If you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition and feel your employer could have done more to protect you, speak to Sheldon Davidson Solicitors about a potential compensation claim.
Victims should be aware that they must begin their asbestos compensation claim within three years of their diagnosis. Our experienced team can help you make a claim against your employer if you believe their negligence contributed to your illness.
Additionally, we can also assist if you were misdiagnosed by a doctor who failed to notice the damage caused by your asbestos exposure and began treatment for the wrong illness, allowing your condition to worsen.