What is an Asbestos Disease?

Asbestos diseases are caused by the inhalation of asbestos dust and can take decades to develop. Symptoms, treatment and a patient’s prognosis can vary according to the type of asbestos disease a person is suffering from.

Until the importation and use of asbestos was banned in 1999, it was widely used in the construction, ship building and manufacturing industries. Asbestos remains present in the fabric of many workplaces built and renovated prior to 1999.

In 1972, Thompsons brought the first ever successful claim for compensation involving asbestos-related disease to the House of Lords, with the backing of the trade union and Labour movement.

Thompsons’ specialist asbestos litigation team has supported tens of thousands of union members who were, through the course of their employment, exposed to asbestos and later diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

Workers typically at risk of contracting an asbestos-related disease include carpenters, joiners, plumbers, laggers, engineers, electricians, pipe fitters, metal plate workers, painters, decorators and construction workers.

Our expert team has a proven track record of pursuing compensation claims against employers and insurance companies liable for exposing their workers to asbestos. This includes tracing companies that have long-since gone out of business or have been incorporated under different names.

Thompsons continues to campaign alongside our trade union clients to raise awareness of the ongoing legacy of asbestos-related illness and to support trade union members who have been diagnosed with conditions including mesothelioma, pleural thickening, lung cancer and asbestosis to secure compensation and legal redress.

Charlie was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011. We identified when and how Charlie was exposed to asbestos to successfully settle his claim.