Although the dangers of asbestos became more well-known during the 1980s – resulting in some industries starting to phase out this material and eventually culminating in a complete ban in 1999 – many people are still developing health conditions caused by the substance.
When asbestos is disturbed or damaged, it can release fibres into the atmosphere which could prove hazardous if inhaled. However, those exposed to this material might have only recently developed symptoms, or have yet to exhibit them, as any resulting health conditions can take up to 60 years to become apparent following a person’s initial contact.
For example, one asbestos-related disease is mesothelioma, which is a form of cancer. Unfortunately, every year, approximately 2,000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma while around 1,800 lose their lives to this terrible illness.
Many of these sufferers would have been exposed to asbestos during the course of their employment and – if they suffered adverse effects due to another person’s negligence – they might be able to pursue damages though an industrial disease claim solicitor.
However, asbestos lawyers could also potentially help people who suffered “secondary exposure”.
Although the majority of people who suffer adverse effects through asbestos exposure would have come into direct contact with this material, there have been reported cases of family members and loved ones developing related health conditions through other means.
These instances are often referred to as “secondary exposure” and usually occurred when an individual working with asbestos inadvertently brought this material home with them – sometimes resulting in family members inhaling the dangerous fibres.
Secondary exposure to asbestos typically took place in several different ways. For example, if a worker was handling asbestos fibres and didn’t adequately decontaminate his or her clothing, those washing the apparel could come into contact with this material. Furthermore, by sitting on furniture or using specific items while wearing these clothes, employees might inadvertently have spread asbestos fibres around the house.
Sadly, there have even been documented cases where family members have been exposed to this material by hugging loved ones who had recently worked with asbestos.
Those who have suffered secondary exposure could be in as much danger as those who directly worked with asbestos.
If you or a member of your family experienced adverse effects caused by this material, you might be entitled to claim compensation through George Ide’s team of solicitors.
At George Ide LLP, our team of solicitors have helped numerous people make industrial disease claims after being diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease – and could potentially benefit you as well.
To find out more information, please speak to a member of our experienced team today.