Industrial Disease Solicitors
We ask each of our clients for feedback independently. This way, we ensure we are always adapting and improving, and putting the needs of our clients first.
Our team offer a sympathetic and friendly service, understanding the human concerns as well as the technical issues of this complex area of law. We resolve matters quickly and efficiently – delivering impressive outcomes for each of our clients.
Call us today or request a call back from a member of our specialist industrial disease team. We can advise you free of charge and once instructed will act quickly to make sure you get the support you need.
Pleural Thickening Claims
Plueral Thickening Claims
Pleural thickening often causes breathlessness and tightness across the chest, with severity depending on how extensive the thickening is. It is possible to claim compensation if you are diagnosed with diffuse pleural thickening caused by exposure to asbestos.
Mesothelioma is predominantly caused by exposure to asbestos dust. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is important for you to seek specialist legal help. Our industrial disease team are there for you when you need it most, and will act quickly on your behalf.
Asbestosis develops after exposure to high levels of asbestos over many years. We are able to investigate your eligibility for financial support should you be diagnosed with asbestosis after working with and being exposed to asbestos.
What are industrial and occupational diseases?
Industrial and occupational diseases are any illness or injury that occurs as a result of work or an occupational activity.
Some of these diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis and silicosis, can take many years to develop after exposure to harmful substances.
If you believe you may be suffering with an industrial disease, it is important for you to contact us and seek legal advice as soon as possible. There are strict time limits surrounding industrial disease claims imposed by the law, within which proceedings must be started.
Financial compensation is a significant aspect in cases of industrial disease, because it can help assist with:
- Care and assistance
- Purchasing necessary aid and equipment
- Adaptions to the home
- Cover loss of earnings
- Possible treatments and therapies
- Private medical costs
Our industrial disease team are specialist solicitors, who are experienced in all aspects of industrial disease claims. They will take on all responsibility and let you and your loved ones focus on what is important.
Our industrial disease services
Birchall Blackburn Law offers a range of bespoke services from our industrial disease solicitors. Our team of experts have a wealth of knowledge and will guide you through the civil compensation claims process.
Below are a selection of the industrial and occupational diseases we can help you claim compensation for – just click on the section you would like to find more about, and you can follow a link to the relevant information.
Asbestosis occurs in individuals who have had high levels of prolonged asbestos exposure over many years.
The inhaled asbestos fibres permanently damage the alveoli (the air sacs which supply oxygen to the blood stream) in the lungs.
Nearly all cases of mesothelioma are caused by exposure to asbestos dust. The disease and associated symptoms only present themselves many years after the asbestos exposure occurred.
It only takes minimal exposure to asbestos dust and fibres to cause pleural plaques to develop.
In almost all cases of pleural plaques there are no symptoms and they cause no problems to long term health, which is why in England and Wales there is no compensation available for developing them. Pleural plaques simply indicate that there has been exposure to asbestos.
Hand-arm vibration syndrome affects the joints, blood vessels and nerves around the hand and wrist. The most common symptoms are a tingling, numbness or pain in the fingers, and sometimes a loss of dexterity in the hands, making it hard to grip.
It commonly develops in people whose work involves repetitive tasks, and can make daily tasks, such as driving or getting dressed, difficult.
There are different types of occupational skin diseases, the most common work-related skin disease is industrial dermatitis, which is caused by exposure to certain allergens.
There are certain industries which are linked to higher percentages of workers developing respiratory and lung diseases, including the mining, construction, ship building, insulation and chemical refinement industries.
The damage from the noise could take many years to become serious, but could also happen more quickly.
Age, or general fitness, are no protection – young people can be damaged just as easily as the old.