Information about various asbestos related illnesses.
There are different types of asbestos related diseases and each condition varies in severity. The conditions include plural plaques, plural thickening, mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis.
Asbestosis is sometimes used as a general term for any asbestos related disease or asbestos related illness. It is very important to establish from the outset which asbestos related illness has been diagnosed.
Exposure to asbestos has been recognised as an occupational health hazard since early 1900. As well as those who have been exposed to asbestos at work, family members and others living with anyone employed in an asbestos contaminated work place may have an increased risk of developing the fatal asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma. Risk arises from exposure to asbestos dust brought home on clothing and hair by a worker who has been exposed to asbestos.
The first compensation claims against asbestos manufacturers were in the mid 1920’s. Since then many compensation claims have been made against asbestos manufacturers and employer for failing to implement safety measures as soon as the link between asbestos exposure and diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma became known. Regardless of which asbestos related condition has been diagnosed, if it can be proven that it was caused by exposure to asbestos by a negligent party then it may be possible to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
If you or any member of your family has been diagnosed with pleural plaques you should contact Liam Moloney Solicitor at 045 898000 or log onto our website www.moloneysolicitors.ie for further information.