Asbestos-related diseases are disorders either of the lung or pleura caused by the exposure to and inhalation of asbestos fibres. Asbestos-related diseases generally take decades to develop following exposure.
You are at more of a risk of developing Asbestos-related disease if you worked in a job with high asbestos exposure. However, even with a small amount of Asbestos exposure, the disease can still develop.
Such disease can also occur as a result of non–occupational, environmental exposure. Asbestos was extensively used in many building materials, and large amount of asbestos still remain in buildings. If the Asbestos is disturbed to allow fragments to be released into the air, it can create a potential hazard to health.
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Claim for Asbestosis
Asbestosis develops as a result of scar tissue in or around the alveoli of the lung. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, coughing and chest pain. Asbestosis is typically a progressive illness, and a marker of significant asbestos exposure. Life expectancy may be reduced if symptoms increase.
Pleural thickening is thickening of the pleural surfaces. This can be associated with breathlessness and can give rise to chest pains. Once formed, it may remain static, but can cause other disability over around 10 years in roughly 10-25 % of cases.
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