Asbestos-Related Illness Claim *
What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a heat-resistant fibrous silicate material that is used in a number of industries. Asbestos exposure can lead to the development of an illness over time. This substance can be harmful to your health if the correct precautions are not put in place to reduce the risk of overexposure. Asbestos-related injury claims * are generally associated with the workplace and many of those who have developed an illness or injury, as a result, have done so while at work. As a result of this, employers should take the necessary steps to ensure that the health and safety of all employees is a priority in the work environment. This is important whether they are in one location or work in various different places throughout the course of their work. Common industries that are exposed to asbestos are;
All employers have a legal obligation to ensure that their employees are safe when they are in the workplace. They are obliged to provide adequate training and protective equipment needed to carry out the job in a safe manner. Many asbestos-related injuries and illnesses * occur because an employer failed to provide a reasonable duty of care for their employees. In such cases people can experience injuries, health problems, illness and other personal injuries * that have an effect on their ability to continue working or on their quality of life – it is for these reasons that most people move forward with an asbestos-related claim *.
Employers are required to carry out frequent risk assessments in the workplace in order to both identify and eliminate hazards. This also makes them aware of what precautions should be put in place to avoid the occurrence of accidents at work in the future. Employees should be made aware of the results of these risk assessments so that they know what should be done on their part to prevent an accident or injury.
Common Injuries and Illnesses
This is commonly linked with direct exposure to asbestos *. Over-exposure to harmful substances and chemicals can lead to inhalation or swallowing of the material which can cause lung cancer to develop over time. In some cases, cancer has developed in people who live with those who work with asbestos as it may be transferred home on their skin, hair or clothing.
This is widespread scarring along the lining (pleura) of the lungs. This is commonly associated with exposure to asbestos. In some cases, pleural thickening has led to the development of other lung diseases over time. This can cause shortness of breath and difficulty breathing. You may also feel some pain and discomfort while breathing also.
This is a type of cancer that affects the mesothelial tissue and is only caused as a result of exposure to asbestos. This type of cancer affects the heart, lungs and abdomen.
This is internal scarring caused by inhaling a large quantity of asbestos fibres. This is commonly associated with lack of protective equipment. This generally affects the lungs and chest area.
Lack of protective equipment
This is one of the leading causes of asbestos-related claims *. All employees should be provided with the correct Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that is needed to carry out their job in a safe manner. PPE includes footwear, clothing, hats, gloves and facial protection such as glasses and masks. If the correct equipment is not worn then asbestos can come into contact with skin or can be inhaled causing an injury or illness.
Lack of training
If employees do not receive the correct training it is more likely that an accident will occur *. Training provided employees with the knowledge of how to correctly carry out their job and also on the steps that should be followed if something goes wrong. Untrained employees may not be aware of the potential hazards in the workplace which may be the cause of an accident.
Lack of control measures
Those who work in an industry that is linked to asbestos should be aware of the control measures which are in place to reduce the chance of being over-exposed. Preventative measures are needed in order to reduce the risk of a workplace accident occurring. It is important that both the employer and employees are aware of these measures and should follow the regulations which are in place.
The Statute of Limitations (legal time limits)
Asbestos-related illness claims * are treated a little differently than most other personal injury cases *. The statute of limitations for an injury case is usually 2 years less one day from the date of knowledge of the accident – which in most cases is known straight away and this is when the two-year clock starts.
However, with asbestos-related cases *, the illness may develop over a longer period of time and the person may not know they have developed an illness for a number of years afterwards, therefore, the 2-year clock starts from the date they are diagnosed.
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