From pipefitters and carpenters to construction site workers and plumbers, there are many tradespeople in Scotland who must everyday live with the distinctly real statistical possibility that they might develop an asbestos-related illness.
There is, however, another, less obvious, occupational group that is also at risk from asbestos-related illnesses: prison officers.
If you believe you might have suffered exposure to asbestos while working in a prison setting or have lost a family member in such circumstances, talk to Thompsons Solicitors today about the possibility of claiming compensation for your pain, suffering, losses and expenses.
Simply call 0800 0891 331 to speak with our prison officer asbestos claim team.
Asbestos in Prisons
Asbestos may be present in any prison built before the year 2000. When undisturbed the substance is harmless. However, when there is deterioration or damage, and asbestos is disturbed, its fibres are released into the air and those inside a prison, whether they are prison officers or inmates may suffer potentially deadly exposure.
Although there is still some risk posed by asbestos in buildings today, it was from the 1940s to the 1980s that prison officers were at the most acute risk of exposure, particularly in rundown and under-maintained prisons.
In fact, around 5,000 workers die each year in the UK as a result of asbestos exposure – more than the number killed on the roads – and not all of these deaths affect people from typically asbestos-hazardous professions; others, notably teachers and prison officers, are affected too.
Her Majesty's Prison Service Asbestos Claims
Asbestos was a common feature of many of Her Majesty's prisons during the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Whether it was in the form of corrugated asbestos roofing, asbestos insulation or other materials containing the substance, at times both prisoners and prison officers suffered exposure to dust, particularly during refurbishments. Additionally, prison workers who served as designated fire officers and therefore came into contact with asbestos fire blankets may be at especial risk of developing diseases such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening and lung cancer.
Prison Officer Asbestos Claims
As the leading personal injury firm in the country Thompsons Solicitors is ideally placed to help you secure damages for an asbestos-related illness developed as a result of exposure to the substance in the workplace.
Our aim is always to secure the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest possible timeframe, while also ensuring that the client has the full support of medical specialists and other support organisations.
If you or your loved one are unable to come into the office, we will come to you.
We can assist in the funding of your case and can provide you with financial protection in the event it is unsuccessful, meaning that legal action will not put your existing finances in jeopardy.
For more information about making a prison officer asbestos claim, contact our lung disease lawyers today on 0800 0891 331.