THE Scottish Asbestos Helpline offer FREE no obligation help and support on a range of asbestos related health issues to those who have worked with or around asbestos materials and believe their health could be affected. Our expertise is in Scotland where our legal team is proud to have served and supported workers and their families in Glasgow and surrounding areas for over 140 years. With traditional values and a strong customer focus we offer a friendly personalised legal service to those harmed by asbestos during the course of their work which include the conditions of pleural plaques, pleural thickening, pleural effusion, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.
Compensation claims for asbestos sufferers and their families attract high value settlements in recognition not only of their illness but also of the financial impact caused which might include loss of earnings past and future, lost bonuses and pay rises, pension loss, travel expenses, DIY/household services and care costs. Our legal team has huge experience in pursuing compensation claims against a wide range of employers and where companies no longer exist we have the resources and expertise to trace their insurers who are ultimately responsible for meeting any compensation. We work on a NO WIN NO FEE basis which offers peace of mind to our clients and protects them from any legal costs from our legal team should their claim fail for any reason. We are familiar with most trades who were at risk of coming into contact with asbestos which typically would include workers within
- Chemical/industrial settings
- Power stations
- Railway/Industrial/ Electrical Engineering
- Heating Engineers
- Boiler Makers
- Masonry/metal working
Statistically, more people die will die each year from an asbestos related illness than will be killed on our roads which means the health issues associated to asbestos exposure should be taken seriously. Diseases are caused when harmful asbestos fibres are inhaled into the respiratory system and become trapped in the lungs which over time causes inflammation, irritation and scarring of the lungs. In some instances tumours form which leads to lung cancer and mesothelioma. Whilst recognising there are serious and incurable asbestos-related illnesses it should be stressed that most illnesses can be managed by lifestyle changes and should not be viewed as life threatening.
Common symptoms of an asbestos-related illness include breathlessness, a persistent cough, chest/back and shoulder pain, fatigue, rapid weight loss or fluid on the lungs which can take as long as 60 years to develop after initial exposure. The slow progression of these diseases means that the people most affected are our retired community who more than ever should remain vigilant in terms of monitoring their health and NOT ignore the signs. If anyone who has been exposed to asbestos and suffers with any of the above symptoms or for any reason is concerned with their health should consult with their GP who is best placed to determine if any further investigations are necessary and ensure you discuss your exposure to asbestos dusts and fibres. It is too easy to associate worrying symptoms to ‘ageing’ or smoking, if in doubt, and to obtain peace of mind, speak with your GP and contact our friendly helpline.
Further information regarding asbestos diseases and compensation can found by visiting: www. scottishasbestoshelpline.co.uk.
As recognised specialists in pursuing and recovering compensation for victims of mesothelioma and lung cancer we are proud supporters of ‘Cancer Support Scotland’ located within ‘The Calman Centre’, Shelley Road Glasgow who provide a comprehensive range of therapies and other services free of charge to those affected by cancer, their families and carers following the devastation a diagnosis of cancer brings. Sadly there is no funding within the NHS for these vital services and as a registered charity Cancer Support Scotland rely heavily on the kindness and generosity of public support and donations to continue in their work. Cancer Support Scotland can be contacted directly to Freephone 0800 652 4531 or by visiting www. cancersupportscotland.org.
The Scottish Asbestos Helpline would like to speak with anyone who has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness or indeed anyone who has been exposed to asbestos and is concerned over their health which includes those who are undergoing medical investigations and those who are contemplating taking some form of action. It can never be too soon to speak with our friendly and experienced helpline team who are at hand to provide help and reassurance relevant to your situation.
In conjunction with health care specialists we have produced an information booklet which you can obtain FREE OF CHARGE by completing the attached FREEPOST REPLY SLIP or by calling us today on FREEPHONE 0808 164 7740.