Asbestosis and mesothelioma
Help making a personal injury compensation claim
If you have contracted asbestosis, mesothelioma or another
related illness which you believe is work related, you
may be able to claim personal
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a progressive, debilitating disease that leaves
the sufferer breathless and unable to carry out everyday tasks.
Asbestosis develops after exposure to asbestos
fibers is a disease that usually occurs in an individual who is exposed to working with asbestos in the course of their job.
Another rare but serious malignant disease, mesothelioma of
the pleura, is often an asbestos related disease. In contrast
to asbestosis which depends on the dosage of exposure to asbestos
fibers, the malignant pleural tumour, mesothelioma, is not
necessarily related to heavy exposure to asbestos fibres. It is fatal and is one of the biggest causes of work-related deaths in the UK.
How can The Claim Solicitors help?
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If you have sustained an asbestosis related illness that
was not your fault and would like to make a claim for personal
injury compensation or if you would like to discuss in
confidence any matter related to a personal
injury claim, please call our claim team on 0800 197
32 32 or complete the claim assessment opposite.
Other dust diseases
- Asbestosis is caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres
mining or milling of asbestos, in the textile, cement and
- Berylliosis is caused by inhaling beryllium dust.
- Baritosis, Siderosis, Stannosis are caused by inhaling
barium sulphate, iron oxide (arc-welding fumes) or tin oxide
- Coal Workers' Pneumoconiosis is caused by inhaling coal
How dust invades the lungs
A miner, digging into the rocky earth, may spend all his working
hours with powdery dust swirling around him. Or a plant worker
may perform a grinding operation in which a cloud of dust
is released. Goggles may protect a person's eyes. But unless
the nose and mouth and throat also are protected, some of
the smallest particles of dust may work their way down to
the tiny air sacs of the lungs.
The dust also gains access to the lungs' lymph channels and
lymph nodes which form a line of defense for the lungs by
removing the dust particles away from the lung tissue.
How do the lungs fight back?
Tiny hairs, called cilia, line the inner nose and act as a
barrier, keeping out much of the dust. More cilia line the
bronchial tubes (passages that bring air into the lung) -
and over these cilia is spread a blanket of mucus, a sticky,
slippery substance which we sometimes cough up.
This system works very well most of the time. But even nature's
defense in unusual circumstances can fail. For instance, smoking
slows and can eventually stop the movement of cilia
How does dust affect the lungs?
Different dusts affect the lungs in different ways and the
difference lies in the dust itself. Where does it come from?
What is it made of?
Different kinds of dust may affect the body in the following
- Little apparent damage. Certain dusts such as carbon,
iron or tin cause no damage.
- Irritation. Asbestos fibers, for example, may set up a
that results in the scarring of the lungs. This usually
only after many years of steady exposure to asbestos fiber.
- Cellular and chemical reaction. This is believed to be
the case with silicosis.
What are the symptoms?
It is often hard to predict the course of a dust disease.
Some workers may suffer little from the disease - even in
its most advanced stage - and eventually die of other causes.
workers who breathe in harmful dusts over a long period of
time may develop serious impairment of function.
At the beginning, there may be no symptoms. Shortness of
breath is the first symptom. It usually begins some years
after the beginning of exposure to harmful dust.
A cough comes next. With extensive scarring of the lung there
may be chest pains. The dust deposits, which have slowed up
the normal transfer of oxygen into the blood stream, may result
in blueness of the lips and ear lobes, in late stages of the
Complications - the development of other
illnesses - are a serious threat to persons with a dust disease.
Tuberculosis is still a problem for silicosis patients, but
less than years ago when tuberculosis was common. The quartz
dust reacting in the lungs makes the silicotic worker more
susceptible to TB.
Pneumonia, pulmonary heart disease and lung cancer are complications
that often go with a dust disease. Chronic bronchitis and
emphysema are frequently seen in workers exposed to dust but
these two diseases are really related to the cigarette smoking
habit. In the asbestos worker, lung cancer is much more likely
to occur in smokers, rather than non-smokers.
Treatment for dust diseases is difficult.
Shortness of breath and coughing can often be helped. And
infections such as tuberculosis or pneumonia can be treated
with drugs. For emphysema a combination of medicines with
regulated exercise may make breathing easier. Cessation of
smoking will help the worker with bronchitis in particular.
How serious a dust disease is very often depends on how much
dust is inhaled. Therefore, the best treatment obviously is
to limit the exposure to the harmful dust.
A change of occupations may be important for younger men
whose illness is in an early stage. On the other hand, men
near retirement age may be told they can continue work if
the amount of dust they breathe is reduced.
Whatever is to be done, a doctor can give advice after a
complete study of the patient and his working conditions.
The cost of dust disease in sickness and death, in broken
families and broken hopes - let alone the money lost - has
been very large.
There is, nevertheless, a great deal of hope. Over the past
15 or 20 years the dust level has been reduced in many jobs.
Credit for this reduction must be shared by many - including
management, labour, governmental and industrial commissions
Experts who have studied dust diseases believe that they
can be prevented.
Each dust-producing job must be studied carefully - to decide
the best method of protection. New industries, new materials,
and new processes must be constantly checked to limit dust
in the working environment to a minimum.
Sometimes the dust level can be reduced by such means as:
adequate ventilation; use of face masks, the piping of clean
air into a closed hood over the worker's head or removal of
dust by suction as it is produced; the wetting down of materials
before they are worked on. The switching from a harmful material
to one that does not cause disease is an ideal to be achieved
In other cases, reducing the dust level can be extremely
difficult, expensive, and time-consuming. That it can be done
has been shown by the authorities concerned in the handling
of plutonium. Methods have been found to effectively protect
the workers from this dangerous substance.
How we can help you if you have asbestosis or mesothelioma
Call us now on 0800 197 32 32 for free legal
advice and assistance making a claim for personal
injury compensation if you have contracted asbestosis or
mesothelioma. Our claims advice line is open 24 hours a day.