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Asbestosis is a fibrous hardening of the lungs where the lung tissue becomes scarred as a result of prolonged exposure to asbestos. It usually affects people who worked with asbestos during past employment, such as construction workers, shipyard workers and asbestos workers.
Scarring of the lung tissue leads to the onset of asbestosis-related symptoms, usually in the form of shortness of breath, prolonged coughing and chest pain. In some cases it can also lead to finger clubbing, where ends of fingers become swollen and red.
Asbestosis symptoms may take 15 – 20 years from initial exposure to develop, gradually worsening over a number of years.
Research from the Health and Safety Executive shows that the number of people diagnosed with asbestosis has increased year-on-year since the late 1970’s, and is expected to continue rising into the next decade.
Stripes solicitors’ has an expert Industrial Disease team, with many years experience providing advice on asbestosis, helping clients achieve successful claims to compensate them for this debilitating condition.
We act for our clients under a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, meaning our services won’t cost you anything, and could potentially provide compensation of thousands of pounds.
If you or a family member have been affected by asbestosis and want to speak to our expert team regarding a claim, please contact us.
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