Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Getting Representation for an Asbestos Claim

Getting Representation for an Asbestos Claim

Asbestos is a mineral that is naturally occurring and it is something that people have been working with for years without realising the damage that it can do to their health.  It has come to light over recent times that asbestos can actually cause a number of serious conditions such as Mesothelioma, Malignant Lung Cancer and Asbestosis.  Those who have been exposed to asbestos over a long period of time are more likely to develop these serious conditions.

Because of the harm that asbestos has caused to people over the years with a large number of people dying from their asbestos related illnesses, it has become more common for people to make claims for asbestos compensation.  If you have developed a serious illness because of long exposure to asbestos then it would be wise to contact an experienced solicitor who can help you with your claim as it can be quite complex.

There are a number of solicitors practicing in the area of asbestos claims and they may be willing to take your case on with no upfront payment from you.  They will just take a percentage of your compensation.  It is easy to find solicitors who would be willing to represent you if you just look online.  It is important to get your case sorted out quickly if you have an asbestos related illness because the compensation that you will be awarded could help you to get on with your life and may get you on the road to recovery.


Mesothelioma - Rare Cancer Caused Only by Asbestos Dust

Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that is usually associated with the lungs, although it can develop in the mesothelium (protective lining) of any internal organs. The most common cause in developed societies is the inhalation of asbestos dust or glass particles. Usually people who develop mesothelioma have been exposed in their jobs or places of work. For this reason many sufferers file lawsuits against asbestos manufacturers and employers. The first link between asbestos and mesothelioma was suspected in 1898 and the first lawsuit was in 1929.

Diagnosis of mesothelioma can be difficult as the symptoms (shortness of breath, cough, chest pain) are similar to other diseases. The first symptoms often do not appear until 20 years after initial exposure. A history of environmental exposure to asbestos is usually a good indicator of mesothelioma.

The prosnosis for malignant mesothelioma has improved over the years. Sufferers' rate of survival is improved the earlier the diagnosis is made. Treatment usually involves chemotherapy in the early stages, radiation if the disease is localised or surgery in the more advanced stages of the disease.

One of the highest rates of mesothelioma is in the UK, with up to 30 incidences per million per year - almost double that of the United States. However, this may be due to the effectiveness of diagnosis in the United Kingdom.