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Law Firm RSR Law Ltd and SapphireClaims.com Supports Global Asbestos Awareness Week
Expert Occupational Illness specialists at RSR Law Ltd and SapphireClaims.com are calling on all employers, employees and those who are self-employed within the construction, renovation and maintenance industries to work together to help reduce the number of people exposed to Asbestos in their working environment.
We believe it is crucially important that anyone who may be working with or close to asbestos is aware of the potential dangers and we fully support Global Asbestos Awareness Week, organised by the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), which runs next week from 1st to 7th April 2015.
The ADAO highlight that Asbestos is a proven human carcinogen with no ‘safe level’ of exposure and has been demonstrated to cause asbestosis, lung and gastrointestinal cancers. Exposure to asbestos occurs through inhalation of minute fibres, which are invisible and odourless, that are released into the air where asbestos is disturbed or crumbly. These inhaled fibres remain in the lungs causing irritation and scarring (asbestosis) and can cause cancer, including the aggressive cancer, mesothelioma.
Globally, despite the well-known dangers, Asbestos is only banned in 55 counties, and according to World Health Organization estimates about 125 million people are exposed to Asbestos in the workplace globally and in 2004 there were 107,000 deaths from occupational exposure to Asbestos in the world.
In the UK, although Asbestos was banned in 1999, it is still present in many buildings built before then, having been used in a broad range of building products. In the UK, the people most likely to be at risk of exposure are those workers involved in refurbishment, maintenance and similar trades and without proper training and equipment the risks of exposure are still high. Given also that the onset of Asbestos-related diseases can be delayed for decades, far from being a historical threat, Asbestos is still a danger. New diagnoses and deaths are still occurring, with over 2500 deaths from Mesothelioma in 2013 and over 5000 deaths from asbestos related diseases overall each year (Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Data).
“We believe that limiting and preventing exposure to asbestos now will mean a reduction in the numbers of people developing asbestos related diseases and deaths because of it in the future. It is of paramount importance that employers, employees and self-employed people working particularly in the trades are aware of the risks of asbestos exposure and take appropriate action to limit exposure. This includes training, the use of personal protective equipment where appropriate and use of specialist licensed contractors where required. Employers have a duty of care to protect their employees at work and increased awareness of the dangers can help everyone involved understand why it is so important to work to prevent further harm.” – Andrew Paine, Director, RSR Law Ltd
Global Asbestos Awareness Week 2015 runs from 1st to 7th April and is intended to raise awareness of asbestos and prevent asbestos-related disease. For more information, visit: Link: http://www.asbestosdiseaseawareness.org/archives/10434
An Interview with RSR Law Ltd on compensationclaimsblog.co.uk
Industrial Disease and Personal Injury Compensation Claims – Know the F.A.C.T.S
This article will briefly outline the key things you should know if you are considering making a personal injury claim for an industrial disease, illness or injury within England or Wales.
F is for First Aid (Medical Assessment)
If you have suffered a personal injury or developed an illness at work ensure first that you receive appropriate first aid at the scene or ensure you see your GP or other medical professional as appropriate and report your injury or illness to them.
As well as providing appropriate treatment and care, those treating you will give you a diagnosis and be able to determine whether it is related to or caused by your work. They may also offer advice on how to protect yourself from further harm.
If you are off work for more than 1 week due to your injury or illness your GP will also provide a Statement of Fitness for Work (Fit note) formerly a sick note, if required.
A is for Accident Book
Report your injury or illness to your employer as soon as possible. For injuries or accidents at work, make sure you record the incident in the accident book. Reporting your injury or illness to your employer is important as it establishes an official record of the incident.
C is for Contact a Solicitor for Advice on your Claim
Contact a specialist solicitor for advice on whether you can make a claim for compensation. It is law that your employer must take reasonable measures to protect you from harm at work. If you are injured or develop an illness either through an act or omission by your employer you may be able to claim compensation.
Many solicitors will offer free initial advice on whether you can claim and will be able to advise you on how likely your claim is to succeed.
T is for Timescales
The Limitation Act 1980, applicable to England and Wales, states that personal injury claims must be brought within 3 years of the date on which the incident or accident occurred, or at the date of first knowledge or diagnosis of an illness.
However, if the claimant is under 18 years of age, they will have until 3 years following their 18th birthday to make a claim, i.e. until the day before their 21st birthday.
In essence, the earlier you act the better. Claims that are within a few months of the date of expiry are less likely to be accepted by a solicitor because of the time needed to prepare a case.
S is for Specialist Solicitor = Success
By using a specialist personal injury solicitor you will have a better chance of success with your claim. An expert in the field specific to your type of injury will ensure that you have the support, knowledge and experience required so that you receive the maximum compensation you deserve as quickly as possible.
If you are thinking of making a Personal Injury Claim for Compensation then you need to know the F.A.C.T.S!
F is for First Aid – Get first aid and medical assessment of your illness or injury.
A is for Accident Book – Report your illness or injury to your employer as soon as possible.
C is for Contact – contact a specialist personal injury solicitor for advice on whether you can make a claim for compensation.
T is for Timescale – You must act within 3 years of the date of knowledge of the illness or injury.
S is for Specialist Solicitor = Success – Use a specialist solicitor for your maximum chance of success.
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