Asbestosis symptoms can take years and even decades to develop after the initial exposure. If you think that you have ever been in contact with the fibre and are concerned about a crackling noise as you breathe, we must advise that you visit a GP. If you want expert legal support on the steps to take next, also get in contact with Roberts Jackson.
Has your workplace caused your breathing problem?
Asbestos was regularly used by workers in the 1960s and 1970s. The industries where the fibre was most commonly found included:
- Engineering and planning
It is now known that asbestos exposure is a serious health risk and has therefore been banned in the UK. However, people who worked with asbestos fibres prior to this point are still at risk of developing asbestosis or mesothelioma as it can take 15 or more years for the condition to develop.
Other reasons for asbestosis
If you suffer from crackling when breathing and have lived in close proximity to an asbestos factory or with someone who worked with asbestos, your breathing problem may also be a symptom of asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Steps to follow next
Contact your GP: Roberts Jackson would highly recommend that you visit your local GP if you suffer from crackling when breathing. They will be able to refer you to a specialist who can then properly diagnose your symptoms and provide you with the medical support and treatment you need.
Make a compensation claim: If you are diagnosed with asbestosis or mesothelioma, Roberts Jackson can help to pursue an asbestosis compensation claim against the party at fault. Even if you haven’t had time to visit your GP and get an official diagnosis, our team can arrange a medical examination on your behalf.
Should the company responsible no longer be in business, we can also track down their insurance company so that you can still be fully recompensed for any harm caused.
Contact us for legal advice
For further legal advice and information of making an asbestosis claim, get in contact with Roberts Jackson on 0800 001 4496.