It is estimated that 5,000 workers die each year from an asbestos related-illness. This equates to about 20 tradespeople a week, and is more than the number of people killed on the roads.

Those involved in the construction industry and those who particularly worked in buildings built before the year 2000 could be at a greater risk of having been exposed to asbestos. Refurbishing buildings and properties, or carrying out maintenance work during shutdowns could also place workers at risk. Professions such as joiners, plumbers, electricians, roof contractors, plasterers, general construction workers, architects and surveyors are commonly associated with having a higher risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease.

Workers who unwittingly disturbed or damaged materials that contained asbestos will have inadvertently released asbestos fibres into the air. Such activities could involve manually cutting or drilling asbestos insulation boards (AIB); breaking or smashing asbestos cement or lagging; using power tools to drill or screw through most asbestos materials. It is when these fibres are inhaled that workers are at an increased risk of developing a serious asbestos-related condition.

It can take anywhere between 20 and 60 years following exposure to asbestos before symptoms develop and a diagnosis is made.

Diseases like mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening can have a devastating impact on individuals and families; presently, there is no cure for these conditions.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding an asbestos-disease diagnosis, get in touch. Having independent, expert advice from a specialist solicitor can make all the difference when seeking to trace those responsible for exposing workers to asbestos. Thompsons was responsible for winning the first-ever successful asbestos disease litigation case in 1972 – helping to pave the way for families to secure redress and compensation ever since.

If you’d like free, no obligation advice please contact Louise Larkin of Thompsons Solicitors on 0151 224 1644 or by email Louise is based in the Liverpool office and has dealt with asbestos related claims on behalf of the victims and their families for over 25 years.  Alongside her team of expert colleagues, Louise’s team resolutely pursue compensation claims against employers and insurance companies for clients who suffer from mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening securing millions of pounds in damages on their behalf each year.

If you choose to work with us, Thompsons Solicitors will support you through every step of your asbestos compensation claim, providing expert legal advice as well as access to a network of support services and medical professionals. For more information on how Thompsons can support your claim, visit our asbestos diseases page.  Alternatively please telephone to request an asbestos booklet.

This article was originally published in the Wirral Globe on 11 July 2018.