During the course of the last 10 months, National Asbestos Helpline – the Chester organisation dedicated to supporting those affected by asbestos exposure – has helped its clients recoup compensation adding up to no less than £6 million.
The payouts are absolutely crucial to help individuals, couples and families to get on with their lives after suffering with lung diseases related to asbestos. Among other things, the costs are used to cover specialist medical attention, care roles for family members and the financial impact of such life-changing health complications.
The figures make for stark reading. The Health and Safety Executive reports that in 2011 there was no fewer than 2000 asbestos related lung cancer deaths with the NHS reporting around 4000 deaths in the year. Despite the fact that the use of asbestos was banned in the mid 1980’s, exposure in the past to harmful asbestos dust is today the largest single cause of work-related deaths.
Spokesman for National Asbestos Helpline , Carl Griffiths, declared: “The vast majority of asbestos sufferers currently facing this terrible legacy are from an older generation that values loyalty, hard work and a reserved attitude.
To them, claiming compensation does not come naturally and it’s really not about the money. It’s about justice and the courts recognising the sacrifice they made in the ordinary course of their working life.”
National Asbestos Helpline receives over 3,000 telephone enquiries annually, 60 per cent of which come from those in need of support, guidance and advice regarding asbestos, its effects and the nature of the diseases it has been linked with.
Backed by Birchall Blackburn Law, Chester’s National Asbestos Helpline is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading teams of experts in the field of civil claims and state entitlement benefits for asbestos-related illnesses.
The production and implementation of asbestos enjoyed a boom from the moment of its inception in the 1960s until the 1980s when its harmful effects became known. The material, initially lauded for its insulating and fire-resistant qualities, was officially banned in 1985.
Experts have seen an increase in the rate of diagnoses of asbestos-related lung diseases among the over 50s, largely because of the 10 to 50 year delay that occurs between exposure to asbestos dust and the onset of symptoms.
To learn more about National Asbestos Helpline and how to start your claim please visit www.nationalasbestos.co.uk/asbestos-claims-compensation/ or call 0800 043 6635.