Over many years, asbestos fibre has been used in a wide variety of domestic, commercial, and industrial items. Inhaling these fibres may result in life-threatening illnesses. Mesothelioma, lung cancer, pleural thickening, and asbestosis are some examples.
The term “asbestos” is derived from the Greek word “inextinguishable,” and it includes the set of six fibrous minerals that occur naturally: chrysotile, crocidolite, amosite, anthophyllite, tremolite, and actinolite.
The material’s ability to withstand high temperatures is known as asbestos. For many years, its strength, durability, and natural occurrence made it a common manufacturing material.
Asbestos is a toxin for humans. Since the fibres are so small, about 0.2 times the diameter of human hair, they are quickly inhaled. The fibres attach to the respiratory system, especially the lining of the lungs, and the body is unable to remove them once inhaled.
Diseases Caused By Asbestos
Asbestos causes four major diseases, which are listed below:
1. Lung Cancer (Lung cancer develops as cells in the lungs divide wildly.)
- Mesothelioma (cancer of the lining that covers the outer surface of certain organs in the body.)
- Asbestosis (a lung disease that occurs when asbestos fibres cause scarring in the lungs.).
- Pleural Diseases (non-malignant cancer spread over pleural thickening and pleural plaques ).
It is important to note that asbestos-related diseases take time to show symptoms and that developing asbestos-related illness can take a long time, but you can still make a claim against the organisation that exposed you to the toxic substance.
Exposure To the Asbestos
When asbestos is disrupted, it becomes a volatile substance that releases fibres into the atmosphere. When these fibres are inhaled, they can get stuck in the lungs. Scarring or inflammation caused by fibres may contribute to one of the diseases mentioned above.
Since plumbers, electricians, building developers, architects, and those in related occupations, are more likely to interrupt existing asbestos, they are at a higher risk of asbestos exposure.Symptoms of Asbestos Causing Diseases
If you have been exposed to asbestos-related products and are experiencing the symptoms mentioned below, seek medical help right away.
- Shortness of breath and tightening in the chest
- Unexplained weight loss
- Chest pain
- Fluid around the lungs
- Persistent cough
After exposure to asbestos, these symptoms may take years to appear.Uses Of Asbestos:
It’s used in a variety of products because of its fire and heat resistance properties. It’s used in a range of products, like building insulation, boiler and pipe insulation, car brakes, floor tiles, and fire-resistant insulating board for buildings and ships. Asbestos was also used to cement roof sheets and pipes.
Asbestos-containing products have been used in the past, especially during the post-World War II construction industry, resulting in a significant rise in asbestos-related diseases in the United Kingdom in that era. Annual deaths have risen dramatically in the last 50 years, owing primarily to acquiring exposure to asbestos earlier in 1980, and are projected to remain constant for the rest of the years.
While asbestos use was outlawed in the United Kingdom in 1999, it is reported that at least half of all asbestos ever used is still there.
Make A Claim:
Once you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you can consider consulting a lawyer as early as possible. As it is one of the more complex claims procedures, it’s always better to discuss with an experienced solicitor, who has already worked with asbestos-related claims previously.
It can be difficult to identify the source of exposure, as the symptoms of asbestos-related diseases evolve over time, but it is not impossible; you can always contact us and make a potential work accident claim in Scotland. We, at Hamilton Douglas Legal, would introduce you to an experienced solicitor, who will assist you in obtaining the highest possible compensation.