What is Asbestos and What Illness does it Cause?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that was widely used in construction and other industries until the late 1990s.

08 Mar 2022

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Martyn Trenerry

Martyn Trenerry

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that was widely used in construction and other industries until the late 1990s. Historically, before its dangers were known, asbestos was often used in buildings for insulation, flooring, roofing, and was sprayed on ceilings and walls. Its use is now banned in the UK, but buildings constructed before the year 2000 may still have asbestos in them.

Where asbestos buildings remain intact, it poses very little risk. It’s when it’s damaged or disturbed that tiny asbestos fibres can be released into the air and thereafter enter into the lungs. Breathing in asbestos fibres can damage your lungs and their lining.

The symptoms of asbestos-related conditions take many years, even decades, to appear after the original exposure.

Exposure to asbestos can cause a range of illnesses, including:

M&P Commentary

Martyn Trenerry, a specialist in personal injury claims, said:

“Sadly thousands of people diagnosed with asbestos related diseases annually. Being diagnosed with one of these illnesses may come as a shock as the diseases take many years to develop after the initial exposure to asbestos. We have acted for many people who have been exposed to asbestosis in many walks of life. Please get in contact if you feel you or a loved one has been affected.”


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