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While asbestos use is banned, its legacy of harm endures. Workers exposed to asbestos in the past are now falling ill at increasing rates, and many others already live with its devastating effects.

A known danger, ignored for decades

The dangers of asbestos have been around for over a century. As early as 1898, health risks were documented. Regulations began in the 1930s, but widespread use continued until the late 20th century.

Silent Killer: The delayed impact of asbestos

Asbestos exposure often doesn't cause immediate symptoms. Over time, inhaled fibres can cause:

  • Asbestosis: Scarring of the lungs, making breathing difficult.
  • Pleural Thickening: Thickening of the lung wall, restricting lung expansion.
  • Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma: Cancers caused by cell mutation.
  • Pleural Plaques: While typically symptomless, these X-ray-visible inflammations confirm asbestos exposure.

These conditions can take 10 to 70 years to develop, making early diagnosis challenging.

Help for those affected

If you have an asbestos-related illness (excluding pleural plaques), you may be eligible for financial aid or government benefits, depending on your situation. These include:

  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit: For work-related asbestos exposure.
  • Attendance Allowance/Personal Independence Payments: Based on age and need for care.
  • New Style Employment Support Allowance: For those forced to stop working due to illness.
  • Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) Act 1979: Provides compensation.
  • 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme: Offers financial support for mesothelioma.
  • Blue Disabled Parking Badge: For those with mobility limitations.

Seeking Compensation

If you can identify the source of your exposure, you may also be able to pursue legal action for compensation.

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