The use of asbestos was finally banned in the UK in 1991, although, considering that the damaging health effects were known long before that date, it was around 100 years too late.
Unfortunately, both employers and the asbestos industry failed to take adequate steps to safeguard ordinary working people from the hazards of asbestos and as a result the mineral has left a terrible legacy; it remains the single biggest workplace killer in the UK and Scotland.
Wherever you are in Glasgow and whatever your circumstances, if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer, pleural plaques or pleural thickening and believe that this may be due to exposure to asbestos in your workplace, we can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
Furthermore, we can also help if you have suffered secondary exposure (for example, you inhaled asbestos fibres on a family member's work clothes) or if your loved one has passed away as a result of an asbestos-related illness.
Who is affected?
Although those who worked in industrial, construction, shipbuilding, trade and manufacturing jobs have, statistically speaking, been the groups most affected by the tragic legacy of asbestos, there is almost no area of working life that has been unaffected. For example, asbestos has been used in the construction of many schools, prisons, hospitals and other buildings and as these buildings deteriorate, asbestos fibres may be disturbed and, eventually, inhaled.
The following list is by no means exhaustive but does outline some groups of people most affected by asbestos illness:
- Construction workers: asbestos was routinely used for insulation and frequently used in flooring, roofing, and wall partitions.
- Electricians: electricians have routinely come into contact with asbestos during drilling, sawing and working in confined spaces where asbestos may be present.
- Boiler workers: boilermakers and boiler fitters have routinely come into contact with asbestos because of the large amount of asbestos used to insulate boilers.
- Shipbuilders: because of its fire-resistant properties asbestos was a prominent feature of the shipbuilding industry and was frequently used for lagging and insulation.
About Thompsons asbestos solicitors in Glasgow
Thompsons Solicitors' Glasgow office is located on Bath Street and is home to one of the most experienced teams of asbestos claim solicitors in Scotland. We are confident we will be able to help you whatever your circumstances, whether you've been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos, pleural thickening, pleural plaques or some other asbestos illness. In addition, we can help you claim compensation if you have lost a loved one to an asbestos-related illness, provided that it is within three years of the date of death or three years since the cause of death was known.
Contact Thompsons today
Thompsons asbestos claim experts in Glasgow have helped secure compensation for many different clients, including boilermakers, mechanics, electricians, joiners and builders. We can also help those who have developed an illness as a result of secondary exposure as well as those who are looking to make a claim following the asbestos-related death of a close family member.
If you would like to find out more about how you might be able to make a claim, speak with our asbestos claim experts in Glasgow today by calling 0800 0891 331.