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Work Asbestos Claim

UK Work Asbestos Injury

The reason that work asbestos injuries in the UK are receiving so much publicity, more than a decade after asbestos was banned in the UK (*), is that the diseases associated with asbestos exposure can take between twenty to forty years to manifest. Asbestosis, pleural plaques and mesothelioma cancer can affect anybody who has been in contact with asbestos — not just people who worked with it – as a harmful asbestos fibre can attach itself to clothes and hair, and be brought home to the family, or even the family’s hairdresser.

Employees who worked in the construction, shipbuilding, mining and demolition industries are calculated to have experienced the greatest exposure to asbestos, and are most at risk from a UK work asbestos injury. However, as asbestos was put into schools, hospitals and workplaces due to its strength and fire resistant qualities, many people in all types of industry are susceptible to UK work asbestos injury.

(*) The import and use of most asbestos products in industry was banned in 1999 in the Control of Asbestos at Work Regulations, and further, stricter regulations governing the disturbance and removal of asbestos were contained in the Control of Asbestos Regulations (2006). These regulations required employers in commercial workplaces that had been built using asbestos (prior to 1999) to register and produce an asbestos management plan.

Qualifying for a Work Asbestos Claim

These days, the most likely way an employee will encounter asbestos is when working in old buildings which still contain asbestos or when employed in one of the industries involved in the removal and disposal of asbestos. . As well as being compelling employers to produce an asbestos management plan, the Control of Asbestos Regulations (2006) includes a “duty to manage” asbestos, and this charges employers with the task of providing breathing equipment, training, and monitoring the volume of asbestos fibres in the work environment.

People who have contracted a work asbestos injury many years after leaving an environment in which asbestos was present are still entitled to make a work asbestos claim, even when the company for which they worked is no longer in existence. Your solicitor will be able to trace the company´s public liability insurance company and make a claim through them. The three year limit for making a claim for work asbestos injury does not always apply in these circumstances, but it is still in your best interests to discuss a work asbestos claim with a solicitor as soon as possible after you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

Before Making a Work Asbestos Claim

Before being able to make a work asbestos claim, your solicitor will ask you to make a list of all the work environments you were employed in which may have contained asbestos. He will also want to know if you lived with somebody who worked with asbestos or close to a factory in which asbestos was handled. Courts will find that any employer who made a significant contribution to the total work asbestos injury you sustained during your working life will have contributed to the disease, however if more than one employer is liable, insurance companies may contest their percentage of liability.

If you – or a loved one making a claim for work asbestos injury on your behalf — do not know which employers may be responsible for your work asbestos injury, it may be possible to make a work asbestos claim from the government under the Pneumociosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 and the Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme 2008. Your solicitor will be able to guide you through the process for making a claim for work asbestos injury to the government and also advise you of any Industrial Injury Disablement Benefits you could also be entitled to.

Free Work Asbestos Claim Advice

One of the reasons for setting up a free work asbestos claim advice service is that there is so much advice available to people with a work asbestos injury, it is sometimes difficult to know where to start. At a time when the emotional shock of an asbestos-related diagnosis may affect your ability to think coherently, it is often useful to pick up a telephone and talk to somebody who can offer you helpful and impartial legal advice.

Therefore, if you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with a work asbestos injury, you are invited to call and discuss your case with an experienced solicitor. Our solicitor will be able to answer any questions you may have about your entitlement to make a work asbestos claim and provide you with information which is relevant to your own personal circumstance.

Our free work asbestos claim advice service is available seven days a week from 8.00am to 10.00pm and you are under no obligation to proceed with a work asbestos claim once you have spoken with us. Naturally, all calls to our free work asbestos claim advice service are completely confidential and we also operate a free call-back service if now is not a suitable time to speak with us. To take advantage of this service, simply leave your contact details in the box at the right of the page and one of our team will get back in touch when it is most convenient to you.