Asbestos & Occupational Disease Compensation Law
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Asbestos & Occupational Disease Claims
Exposure to dangerously high levels of dust such as asbestos, Coal Dust and silica continue to be an increasing problem in today’s society. Exposure can lead to a range of serious health problems which may be fatal. Commonly known diseases that can arise from exposure to occupational dust include the following:
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that commonly affects the lining of the lungs and chest wall.
It can also affect the lining of the abdomen and the sac surrounding the heart.
Signs of mesothelioma can range from a shortness of breath due to fluid around the lungs to exhaustion, chest pain and excessive weight loss.
Around 80% of mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos.
Asbestosis is one of the most common asbestos diseases in today’s society. It is a long term scarring and inflammation of the lungs due to asbestos inhalation.
Symptoms may include shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and chest pain. Complications from this exposure can lead to lung cancer and pulmonary health disease.
Those at risk are those involved in occupations where asbestos was present, including the construction, demolition, automotive, boiler making and power station industries where there was a prolonged exposure to asbestos dust.
Silica Induced Diseases
Silicosis is a form of lung disease that is commonly developed in the workplace. It is caused by inhalation of crystalline silica dust and has become an occupational hazard in the areas such as mining, stone cutting, sand blasting and fibreglass manufacture.
Like most lung diseases the symptoms include shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pain and fever. The condition may also include distinct symptoms in the form of gradual darkening of the skin to a shade of blue.
Scleroderma is a group of auto immune diseases that can be localised to the skin or involve other internal organs along with the skin. These diseases may include change in skin, blood vessels, muscles and internal organs.
Symptoms may include but are not limited to thickened skin, exhaustion and stiffness and extremely poor circulation in the fingers and toes.
Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis
Coal Workers Pneumoconiosis or CWP is a condition caused by the accumulation of coal dust in coal workers lungs. The condition develops typically over a period of time.
Depending on the level of exposure or profusion the condition may be stable if detected at an early stage or can possibly be progressive.
A stable condition typically is treated with removal from the mining industry.
A progressive condition is much more serious and typically results in ongoing increasing disability and eventually death.
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