Asbestos is still a significant cause of work-related deaths in the UK and can still be found in hundreds of different products and buildings from the 1950’s to the mid 1980’s. For individuals employed in industries most vulnerable to exposure, there is a critical time frame to seek legal advice for compensation.
The process has to begin with asbestos awareness, possible exposure relating to asbestos symptoms and conclusively defining cause of illness. About two thirds of all asbestos produced was used in the construction industry for cement production, roofing, plastics, insulation, floor and ceiling tiling, and fire-resistant door boards and partitions.
A known high incidence of asbestos being present as a source of dangerous exposure directly impacts on workers employed in traditional heavy industries such as shipbuilding and dockyards, the railways, power stations and textile manufacture.
Asbestos cement was used up until 1999 in a variety of different premises and materials. Any building that was constructed or had major refurbishment between the 1950’s and mid 80’s is likely to contain some type of asbestos containing material. Use of asbestos peaked in the 60’s and early 70’s – premises built or refurbished during this time are the most likely to contain some form of asbestos.
It is because there is no cure for asbestos-related diseases and asbestos cannot be identified by colour alone that laboratory analysis is required, and you must act as quickly as possible if you are seeking to obtain compensation from former employers and make Government Benefit claims.
At the point where tests are conclusively proven, the allowed time period for making a claim begins, and you have just three years to commence court proceedings for asbestos or mesothelioma compensation. However, after this statutory period, all is not lost, if proof of reasonable delay can be shown, and as evidenced by the number of successful claims awarded, even up to 50 years after retirement!
Even if a former business is no longer trading, there are strategic procedures which can be implemented and as a result, invariably lead to a successful outcome for significant asbestos compensation.
The simple message is, if you think you have a case, then its never too late to get in touch!