Compensation Lawyer and Asbestos

3,000 people die in the UK every year as a result of illnesses caused by exposure to asbestos, according to the UK Health and Safety Executive. The first priority should always be medical attention and the best treatment possible for the victims of these life threatening diseases, followed by access to the advice of a compensation lawyer.

Many a compensation lawyer is often very concerned that too few victims of asbestos related disease and their families are aware that compensation is available to them, or realise the problem in time to make a claim. Unfortunately, many victims only find out years after exposure that their health has been affected. This means that the victim is often well into their retirement and may mistake the first signs of ill health as general ageing, so once the diagnosis is finally made there is little time left to claim compensation.

For this reason many compensation lawyers are campaigning for more readily available information for those people who have been exposed to asbestos in their past working lives. In the days before the dangers of asbestos were known, it was used in various industries, so thousands of employees were exposed to its dust, which was inhaled. These tiny fibres progressively rigidify the lining of the lungs, leading to the most serious of the asbestos related diseases: Mesothelioma.

This terminal lung cancer will often kill victims in less than two years from diagnosis. This means that as well as medical care, the victims need swift access to a compensation lawyer so that they can ensure that there is money to care for them in their illness as well as to ensure that they can leave money behind to take care of their family.

Compensation lawyers in this area are well trained to approach matters with a great deal of sensitivity, whilst ensuring that victims obtain the compensation to which they are entitled.