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Asbestosis is a serious, chronic, non-cancerous fibrous hardening and scarring of the lungs. The scarring can cause lung impairment and heart disease. Symptoms of asbestosis include shortness of breath, coughing and a dry crackling sound while inhaling. In advanced stages asbestosis may cause cardiac failure. Asbestosis is usually a slowly progressive disease with an average latency period from exposure to asbestos of between 15 to 30 years or more and can lead to serious respiratory problems.

The condition is often difficult to diagnose and can appear on x-rays and CT scans to be very similar to non-asbestos related pulmonary fibrosis, otherwise known as Usual Interstitial Pneumonia or Cryptogenic Fibrosing Alveolitis.

How to claim compensation for Asbestosis and how long will my claim take?

If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis and can recall how you came into contact with asbestos you may be eligible to claim compensation from your former employer or their insurers.

As a starting point, it is vital that you instruct specialist asbestosis compensation solicitors to deal with your claim as this will improve the prospects of you recovering your compensation swiftly. It is important to move quickly on such claims as there are strict time limits for claiming.

The issue of extent of asbestos exposure is particularly important in an asbestosis cases and our specialist solicitors always take a detailed exposure history from sufferers at the outset in order to assess this important point. Failure to establish a significant past exposure history to asbestos in a case involving asbestosis could result in prospects of succeeding being reduced significantly and therefore obtaining advice from a specialist asbestosis solicitor is of major importance.

Our specialist asbestosis compensation solicitors will look into the circumstances of your exposure to asbestos and assess whether a claim can be pursued against your employers or any other party directly. Even if the entities no longer trade, you could still claim against their insurers. We have a database of traced insurers which we will consult when advising you on the prospects of succeeding in your asbestosis compensation claim.

Cases involving asbestosis can take longer to deal with than mesothelioma claims as they have their own complexities, mainly due to the fact that employers and insurers can attempt to argue through medical evidence that the sufferer is not suffering with asbestosis but rather, another more progressive fibrotic condition called pulmonary fibrosis (Usual Interstitial Pneumonia). However, our team of specialist asbestosis solicitors have succeeded in recovering asbestosis compensation in many cases.

Our specialist asbestosis solicitors deal with all cases on an urgent basis to move claims forward as swiftly as possible and have settled many cases within 12 months in the past.

Find out about the steps to a claim.

Asbestosis Case Evaluator

When evaluating a case for asbestosis compensation, our expert solicitors will ask you a number of questions including:-

Our expert lawyers will also look into the company and insurance history for the potentially liable companies at the outset as a priority.

Depending on the research carried out and the answers to the questions raised, cases for asbestosis can be successful. Such questions will always be asked at the outset to assist our expert team in assessing the prospects of succeeding in your case.

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Case Studies

Our expert team of asbestosis solicitors have dealt with a wide variety of asbestos related fibrosis cases, often involving novel circumstances. In dealing with so many different past claims for asbestosis compensation, our team use their experience and knowledge to assess new claims quickly and advance such cases with focus, speed and vigour.

Here are just some of the notable cases we have dealt with in the past….

Asbestosis Articles and News

Our specialist team of asbestosis solicitors also keep up to date with all new developments involving asbestosis, whether this is in the form of legal reform, how to diagnose asbestosis or newly decided cases.

Our team is committed to raising awareness of the dangers of asbestos exposure resulting in the development of asbestosis and other asbestos related conditions by regularly writing newsletters and articles for medical professionals and lay people alike.

It is vital that sufferers are aware of their right to claim asbestosis compensation and are kept informed about changes in all issues surrounding the condition.

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Treatment Options for Asbestosis

Treatment options for asbestosis will depend on a number of issues, your general health and fitness, the stage of your asbestosis and any additional medical conditions you may have.

As there is currently no cure for asbestosis, treatment options are limited and centre around controlling the condition and symptoms for as long as possible.

Your treating medical team will keep you under regular observation in order to monitor for any progression of your asbestosis. This will involve the regular taking of x-rays and scans and lung function tests.

We appreciate that you will inevitably have more questions so for further help and advice please just pick up the phone and speak to one of our Solicitors today on Freephone: 0800 058 2737 or if you would prefer send us a quick email

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