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Is Asbestos Still Relevant Today?

Asbestos can be found in any building built before the year 2000 to include factories, schools, hospitals and housing. You may have been exposed to asbestos directly through work or through secondary exposure. Recent studies show that nearly 5000 people in the UK die due to asbestos exposure every year. Closer to home and as recent as 2017, HSE reports that 77 deaths in Northern Ireland could be attributed to asbestos exposure.

Asbestos is a material that was used widely in insulation, flooring and roofing. You may have had exposure if you worked in construction and were breathing in asbestos dust. Historically trades such as builders, maintenance workers, electricians and plumbers were exposed to asbestos dust alongside others that would have been in close vicinity to this work. While it would have been generally men that worked in these areas, they went home with asbestos fibres on their clothes meaning that their wives that may have been washing their clothes were also exposed to asbestos. There is generally a period of at least 20 years before you develop symptoms due to asbestos exposure, these include:

  • Pleural Plaques
  • Pleural Thickening
  • Asbestosis
  • Mesothelioma

Despite the ban of the use of asbestos materials in UK Buildings many people have still been exposed to asbestos since and this has quite commonly been through the removal of asbestos in buildings despite these workers wearing protective equipment.

Should you have had any sort of exposure to asbestos Millar McCall Wylie can provide specialist advice on whether you can claim compensation, even if the Company or Factory you worked for is no longer trading. We will obtain the medical evidence required to support your claim and will assist you in obtaining the compensation you deserve.

If you believe you may have a claim for Asbestos Exposure please contact Hannah Simpson on 028 90 2000 50 or email hannah.simpson@mmwlegal.com

 

 

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