‘Only 90% of Asbestosis sufferers have been employed within the building trade’ Asons Solicitors raise awareness.

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Readers of Asbestosis related literature could be forgiven for only associating the disease with building and construction industries (1); however, a recent article from the Cambridge News (“Asbestosis is far From Done and Dusted” – 16/04/2013) informs of situations where individuals may not be aware of their exposure and their potential to claim for asbestosis compensation.

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Regardless of the industry, if an individual has been exposed to Asbestos and developed a related disease, then they can potentially make a claim for Asbestosis compensation.

Readers of Asbestosis related literature could be forgiven for only associating the disease with building and construction industries (1); however, a recent article from the Cambridge News (“Asbestosis is far From Done and Dusted” – 16/04/2013) informs of situations where individuals may not be aware of their exposure and their potential to claim for asbestosis compensation.

The piece from the Cambridge News examines the death of Richard Elsom, who died in his sixties, after being exposed to asbestos as a teenager. Employed to fit asbestos sheeting around boilers (2), Mr Elsom did not realise the risk he was taking.

Unbeknownst to him he was breathing in asbestos fibres, which would later develop into the fatal cancer that killed him.

Asbestos exposure is not limited to those in the building trade. In a bid to raise awareness, the late Mr Elsom made the following statement –

“A lot of people who get it are school teachers, they have worked in old buildings with asbestos in the roof and the dust has got into them. It only needs to be one fibre adhering to the lung and turning tumorous.

"Nurses get it too. I knew a sister in an old London teaching hospital who got it from crumbly décor.

"Women got it who used to shake out their husband’s clothing before putting it in the wash, and I knew an old chap who got it from tinkering with an old car which had asbestos brake linings.”

While 90% of Asbestosis sufferers being employed in the building trade is a strong statistic, it still raises the issue that one in ten sufferers are from entirely different industries (2).

Commenting on the statistics, Asons Executive Thomas Fairclough, made the following statement –

“Awareness needs to be raised for circumstances where the development of Asbestosis is less than typical. We are so used to Asbestosis Claims coming from those who have worked in the building trade that we need to ensure support is there for sufferers whose condition originated from less stereotypical conditions.

"Regardless of the industry, if an individual has been exposed to Asbestos and developed a related disease, then they can potentially make a claim for Asbestosis compensation.

If you, or someone you know, have grounds for an Asbestos claim, contact Asons solicitors today to find out what kind of help is available. Contact Asons on: 0844 850 1062 or fill out a claim form at http://www.asons.co.uk

(1)    http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Asbestosis/Pages/Causes.aspx
(2)    http://www.cambridge-news.co.uk/Business/Business-News/Asbestosis-far-from-done-and-dusted-20130416120049.htm

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About Asons Solicitors:
Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

For further information contact:
Email: info (at) asons (dot) co.uk
Website: http://www.asons.co.uk

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