Asbestos causes a number of conditions. The most common ones are:
Pleural plaques – Pleural plaques are benign areas of scar tissue on the lining of the lung. They are markers of past asbestos exposure. Pleural plaques generally do not cause symptoms, and therefore; in most cases, are not compensable. However, in extreme cases when plaques cause pain and/or disability, a compensation claim may be made.
Asbestos related pleural disease (ARPD) – ARPD is a broad term used for abnormalities which occur on the lining of the lung, called the pleura. When these abnormalities cause shortness of breath or pain, compensation can be claimed.
Asbestosis – Asbestosis is a scarring (fibrosis) of the lung which can occur following heavy exposure to asbestos. Asbestosis often causes symptoms such as: increasing shortness of breath, cough, lung infections. These symptoms vary in severity from person to person.
Lung cancer – Lung cancer is a general term for a malignant tumour of the lung. Lung cancer has multiple causes, the most common of these being cigarette smoking. However, heavy exposures to asbestos can also cause lung cancer. People who have sustained exposure to asbestos as well as cigarette smoke are at a significantly increased risk of developing lung cancer.
Mesothelioma – Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer of the lining of the lung (pleura) or abdomen (peritoneum). The only known cause of mesothelioma is asbestos. Sadly, mesothelioma is often associated with a short prognosis.
We understand that if you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you are searching for a lawyer who understands you are not just a statistic.
An experienced mesothelioma lawyer understands the medical context, the personal impact of course all of the legal ramifications of a diagnosis.
Asbestos claims can be tricky, so it is essential that you get the right advice from experts. Our team have handled thousands of asbestos cases in their careers.
We assist many clients who are unsure if their asbestos claim is valid for a variety of reasons.
Perhaps you don’t know when you were exposed, or consider your exposure to be too trivial, too brief or too long ago. Maybe you don’t work for the employer or company where you were exposed anymore, or have worked in numerous places where your exposure to asbestos might have occurred.
Whatever your circumstances, our lawyers can assist you investigate your claim.