The Dangers of Asbestos Exposure Explained

The Dangers of Asbestos Explained

It’s well known that Asbestos dust and fibres can be very dangerous and sometimes fatal. Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material widely used as insulation and fire proofing in buildings from 1950 to 1999.

Asbestos becomes harmful to us if fibres are inhaled, this is made worse by the fact that symptoms don’t appear until years later and it is usually too late once an Asbestos related disease is diagnosed.

However, if Asbestos is well maintained and not disturbed or disintegrating, it doesn’t pose as an immediate health risk.

According to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Asbestos kills around 5,000 workers each year and around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure.

You can be exposed to Asbestos in working environments such as the building industry. If you are affected by Asbestos after working with it all day, you may be taking it home with you if asbestos fibres are on your clothing. You can expose your family to Asbestos in this way by something as simple as a hug. If you hug your partner or child, they could easily inhale the Asbestos dust or fibres from your clothes.

There are multiple consequences of Asbestos exposure, the most fatal is Mesothelioma. This is a cancer that affects the lining of the lungs and the lining surrounding the lower digestive tract. By the time it is diagnosed it is almost always fatal.

Asbestos related lung cancer is the same as lung cancer caused by smoking. There is also a condition called Asbestosis and this is caused by heavy exposure to Asbestos over a long period of time. It is essentially a serious scarring on the lung which can cause progressive shortness of breath. Severe cases of Asbestosis can be fatal.

Pleural Thickening is another condition which occurs after heavy exposure to Asbestos and what it means is that the lining of the lung (pleura) thickens and swells. If the condition worsens, the lung could be squeezed and then the sufferer will experience shortness of breath and discomfort in the chest.

Claims Direct understand the impact Asbestos related diseases and conditions have on people and their relatives. However, we are here to help people claim the compensation they are entitled to for the pain and suffering they have had to endure.

To find out if an Asbestos or Mesothelioma claim can be dealt with on a No Win No Fee basis call Claims Direct for a free consultation on freephone 0808 175 7900 or start your claim online and we will call you.