Asbestosis is only one of the diseases which can be caused by exposure to asbestos and is often confused for other diseases. Asbestosis is a form of lung fibrosis caused by inhaling asbestos fibres which can irritate the lungs causing scarring, thickening to the lung tissue and abnormal chest sounds known as ‘crackles’. Symptoms usually include shortness of breath, tiredness, persistent cough and in some cases respiratory failure.
As with any asbestos-related condition, employers have a duty to protect their workers from hazardous substances and if you have developed Asbestosis as a result of your working conditions then we can help you to trace your employer and/or their insurer to make a claim.
There is a direct link between the amount of exposure to asbestos dust and Asbestosis and therefore, if you were only exposed to a low level of asbestos dust, then it is likely that your fibrosis was cause by something other than your exposure to asbestos. Asbestosis normally only affects people who have had high exposure over long periods of time for example laggers, shipyard workers, factory workers, industrial plumbers, roofers or demolition workers.
Asbestosis often puts the victim at a much greater risk of developing other respiratory problems including lung cancer. The vast majority of sufferers diagnosed with Asbestosis will have been exposed to high levels of asbestos dust and fibres during the course of their employment.
If you have been diagnosed with Asbestosis as a result of working with asbestos, complete our Online Enquiry Form and one of our lawyers will contact you to discuss how you can make a claim for your injuries.