Asbestos is a hazardous substance that has been proven to cause a wide range of diseases. Its strong, malleable fibres have valuable use in construction and industry. For many decades its use in the UK was widespread and unregulated.
In Britain, millions of buildings; factories, schools, offices, workshops, and construction materials contain asbestos. There have also been health scares around household objects, for example; several years ago trace amounts of asbestos were found in some brands of children’s crayons.
There are now Health and Safety laws in modern Britain governing asbestos. Unfortunately, asbestos has been so widely used, it is impossible to remove all the dangerous materials overnight.
Regulations governing asbestos can be difficult to understand. There are different types of asbestos, all with slightly different properties and uses. Different kinds of asbestos have their own risks, regulations and guidelines for disposal.
Many people have already made successful claims due to exposure to asbestos. If you feel you have been exposed to asbestos or your doctor has confirmed you have an illness related to asbestos inhalation, you may be able to claim compensation.