Industrial Disease, Asbestosis, claims two pensioners
It has been reported recently that two pensioners aged 66 and 72 have unfortunately died due to industrial disease. It was later diagnosed that both victims had contracted pneumonia and lung disease due to asbestosis in the work place. Roberts Jackson Solicitors represent many clients that have passed away or suffered from asbestos related diseases on a regular basis and this is another occasion where the industrial workers of Britain have been let down by their employer who has failed to protect them from harm.
Many of the workers that we represent or report on are unaware of the dangers of asbestos and it is with great sadness that we find ourselves highlighting yet another two cases where two men have lost their lives due to employee negligence.
The daughter of one of the deceased revealed he had been exposed to asbestos over a period of 26 years from 1966 to 1992, when he was employed by three different firms and worked as an explosives and demolition engineer between 1969 and 1972. The other man’s wife disclosed he had worked as an electrician in various police stations and buildings in the 1960’s and sadly, had not shown any symptoms until shortly before his death.
There have been many cases of asbestos related disease in the work place here in the UK as around 20 tradesmen die each week as a result of past exposure. These diseases may not affect people who are exposed immediately, they often take a long time to develop but once diagnosed, it is often too late to do anything.
What is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a chronic and long term lung condition caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. For asbestosis to develop, prolonged exposure to relatively high numbers of the fibers is necessary. People, who have worked in trades such as shipyard workers, plasterers, plumbers, electricians, demolition workers and many others, are more likely to have been exposed to asbestos in the past.
People with asbestosis have a higher risk of developing other serious and potentially life-threatening conditions such as pleural disease, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
What is Pleural Disease?
This is where the membrane covering the lungs called the pleura, becomes thicker which can further contribute to breathlessness and chest discomfort.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the membrane that covers the lungs, heart and gut. It is almost exclusively related to asbestos exposure and by the time it is diagnosed, it is almost always fatal.
Symptoms of Asbestosis
- Some symptoms of asbestosis include:
- Shortness of breath
- Wheezing Cough
- A persistent cough
- Chest Pain
One of Roberts Jackson’s Asbestos Solicitors, Brian Robinson, has commented:
“It is very difficult for us to hear about incidents such as these. On this occasion two hard working men have lost their lives to a substance that we now know to be extremely dangerous. I speak with clients on a regular basis whose lives have been affected by negligent exposure to asbestos fibres and on some occasions the conditions it causes can become fatal very quickly.
One of the main things to highlight is how common exposure is but how little awareness is raised about asbestos. There are some great awareness groups and charities out there and we are also hand to provide legal advice and represent victims of asbestos related conditions when needed.”
If you have been suffering with any of these symptoms of or have previously worked in a workplace environment where you could have been exposed to asbestos, here at Roberts Jackson can help you. Our legal team will offer free legal advice and have helped with many cases similar to your own. We also offer a no win no free service so, you can also reach us for free on landline and mobile at 0808 115 3248. You could also fill out our form in the top corner of the page and request a time for us to reach you at your convenience.