Asbestos Claims in the UK – Everything You Need to Know!

For three centuries, the world considered asbestos a wonder material. Tough, durable, and heat-resistant, this versatile material dominated the building industry. But in the last eight decades before the UK ban in 1999, asbestos dominated the news for its negative health effects.

Asbestos exposure claims hit the courts as victims sought compensation. As a victim, here’s everything you need to know about these claims.

The History of Asbestos

When it first came into use in the early 1700s, the Industrial Revolution was at its peak. Back then, the manufacturing and building industries were searching for a strong, durable, and – more importantly – a fire-resistant material. After they found these qualities in a new, fibrous, silicate mineral called asbestos, they quickly incorporated it into their operations.

How Asbestos Was Used

Suddenly, the mineral appeared in insulation panels, fire doors, gutters, tiles, and even wall plaster. And being fibrous, it also found a place in the textile industry. For the next two hundred years, the material remained an integral part of the UK industry.

Medical Research into Asbestos Exposure

But by the early 1900s, the fibres giving asbestos its famous qualities came under the scrutiny of the medical fraternity. Doctors suspected the asbestos fibres caused lung diseases, but no one could connect the two. In the 1920’s, someone did. But despite this revelation, it would take the UK eight decades to ban the material.

Asbestos-Related Diseases

What about asbestos justified the ban? When breathed in, the fine fibres within the material scarred the lungs or thickened the lung cavity. And if this exposure continued for many years, the lungs or the pleural membrane covering it developed cancerous tumours.

But, the most insidious thing about asbestos-related diseases is the long time it takes for their symptoms to manifest. So, by the time this happens, the disease is already incurable.

Exposure to Asbestos Fibres

The question, then, begs: How are you exposed to these disease-causing fibres? When the material is disturbed, usually through handling, microscopic fibres detach from it and disperse in the air. The handler then breathes in the fibres, which attach themselves to the lungs. Throughout the material’s 300 year history, this has remained the typical method of asbestos exposure.

Asbestos Exposure in Old Construction Sites

As we’ve just seen, to be exposed to the asbestos fibres, you must first handle the material. We’ve also seen where asbestos was primarily used – in the building industry. Although no one builds using the material anymore, many people who did so in the past were exposed to it. They include plumbers, masons, engineers, and architects to name a few.

Asbestos Exposure in Old Buildings

But, don’t think yourself lucky because you didn’t work on an old construction site. Those sites are now buildings in which people live, work, and get exposed to asbestos. The most affected of these buildings are the ageing ones, especially ageing public buildings. In them, experts estimate that as much as half of all the asbestos ever used still remains.

Symptoms of Asbestos Exposure

Maybe you live or work in one of these old buildings. How do you know you’ve been exposed to asbestos? When you get a tight feeling in the chest followed by sharp pain, seek medical attention. Do the same if you struggle to breathe or if you have a chronic cough. Likewise, see a doctor if you’re always tired because of restricted breathing.

Time it Takes for Symptoms to Appear

Unfortunately, you’ll not experience these symptoms the moment you enter an old asbestos-laden building. As mentioned earlier, symptoms manifest after many years. In fact, it could be as long as four decades. But typically, you’ll get chest problems after 10 years or so.

What to Do When Exposed to Asbestos

When you get symptoms, and a GP confirms you’re suffering an asbestos-related illness, what’s your next step? That would be finding out how to get compensated for your suffering. You should start seeking solicitors who are experienced in filing asbestos claims. Based on the GP’s report, the solicitor will determine whether you have a valid claim, before recommending further action.

Making a Claim

How do solicitors know you qualify for a claim? According to Roper James Solicitors, one of the most prominent law firms for asbestos cases, anyone can qualify as long as they have an asbestos-related illness. However, the tricky bit is determining who’s responsible for the said illness.

Remember, by the time you go to the GP, you’ll have been exposed to asbestos fibre for a decade or more. So, pinning down the responsible party can be difficult.

Three-Year Time Limit on Claims

Although you’ve contracted an asbestos-related illness, an injury lawyer could still turn down your case because of the statute of limitations. Under the law, you must file a claim within three years of your diagnosis. So, when your GP confirms your illness, immediately start the claims process.

Filing a Claim for a Deceased Person

What happens when time runs out for the victim, not for the claim? In such a case, the victim’s relatives can proceed with the claim. But they must do so not more than three years after their loved one’s death.

Who to Make a Claim Against

As long as someone exposed you to asbestos, you can pursue them for compensation. And if more than one person did so, you pursue all or only one.

Making a Claim against a Defunct Companies

However, what happens if the company you’re pursuing went out of business long ago? Even then, it’s still liable for the claims. But instead of going after a dead entity, most lawyers will track down the company’s insurer and file a claim against them, not the company. Or, if the company is trading under a new name, the solicitor goes after this new entity.

How Long a Claim Takes

Whether it’s for a living or a dead claimant or against a thriving or a defunct company, a typical claim stays in court for about 18 to 24 months. And because each case is different, some take even longer. However, a select few take less than six months. These are the ones the High Court considers urgent.

Proving a Claim

Although you never know how long a claim will take, it usually depends on the amount of hard evidence you possess. For instance, your illness must, of course, be asbestos-related. But more importantly, this diagnosis must have been made by a registered medical professional.

Next, you must show your illness resulted from working with asbestos. If any of your former colleagues suffered from asbestos-related illness, you can prove the exposure came from one source. Also, your employer must have known about the dangers of asbestos but neglected to either warn or protect you.

Remember, the hazards of asbestos inhalation were public knowledge for 80 years before the government ban. So, this is one of the easy things to prove.

The hardest one to prove is asbestos exposure that occurred decades ago. Any evidence or documents to prove your case will most likely be non-existent. So, to support your case, you must present witness statements from family, friends, and former colleagues.

Conclusion

Are you an asbestos victim? Or, do you know someone who is? If that’s the case, you should consider contacting a personal injury solicitor right way, as they’ll be able to guide you through proper course of action and get the compensation you deserve.

How to Make a Meal Worthy of Your Gourmet Kitchen!!

An upgraded kitchen is something almost everyone dreams about. Having the space, the lighting, and the appliances to produce a gourmet meal at home is exciting and gives us a lot of motivation to make changes in the home’s busiest room.

Of course, getting the kitchen is just part of the process of serving a gourmet meal. You also have to know what to make and how to make it. It’s a huge waste of money and time to put in a fantastic kitchen and serve grilled cheese sandwiches and frozen chicken nuggets.

After the contractors are done and the kitchen is in operation, your next step is to get ready for that first epic offering from your new setup. Here is what you need to do to get ready for that.

Learn the Ingredients

Top Dark Chocolate Sauce-drawer meals come from quality ingredients. That’s all there is to it. If you have plans to go classy for your cooking, you need to purchase great inputs to build your menu.

Of course, there are some things that are pretty straightforward, but sometimes even simple ingredients can be easy to overlook. For instance, a dessert with dark chocolate sauce from a specialty source will invariably taste richer and fuller than with any run-of-

the-mill brown bottle from the grocery store.

So as you start gathering recipes that catch your attention, note the specifics of what the source suggests for ingredients and be sure you don’t skimp on them.

Get the Equipment

Most contractors make kitchen renovations as fairly standard in terms of basic contents. The personalization is more about choosing colors, styles, and functions. Your upgrade has undoubtedly brought in new countertops and the major appliances, but other tools will be up to you.

The utensils, countertop appliances, and even storage containers that it will take to produce a gourmet meal cannot be overlooked. You’ll never whip up a great latte if you don’t have the right appliance. You can’t dice vegetables correctly with a cheap knife. And the desserts you need to chill overnight will decline in quality if you refrigerate them in ordinary plastic containers.

Once again, review your chosen dishes and see just exactly what they require in terms of dishes—and knives, and cutting boards, and so on.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Your meal won’t work if you haven’t worked on it. And unless your skills are already at a high level, you will need to put in some hours in the kitchen before you’re able to premiere a dish to your guests at the same time you premiere it to yourself.

That doesn’t mean spending a year in France at culinary school, but it does mean being willing to log the hours, spend the money, and tolerate the experimentation that it takes to make sure you are truly competent with whatever you have chosen to prepare. Once you get the skills to produce those chosen dishes with a high level of quality and consistency, you can comfortably plan the dinner party where you’ll first serve them to friends and family.

Most of us aspire to a fantastic kitchen. Many other rooms in the house can go by the wayside as long as we have a great place to prepare our meals. But the output is only as good as the input, so before you commit to a big night around the dining room table, you have to make sure you are building the menu from quality ingredients utilizing the best equipment, and that you as the head chef are able to live up to the expectations your guests will develop based on the amazing kitchen you are using.

Here Come the Screechers!!

While Alice may be all about the fuzzy, fluffy and cute she is still a tom-boy at times. Transforming Screechers made her little eyes light up.

Screechers transform into the coolest creatures on the block. Choose between a variety of styles from Wave One which include: RevAdactyl, Stingshift, Nightweaver, Nightbite, V-Wrex, Monkeywrench or Gatecreeper. More Waves are set to release this spring

You can also watch more episodes here.

Not only are there vehicles available but also available are the Rapid Fire Disc Launcher and a Speedlauncher, which launches both discs and Screechers.

I remember my (37 year old son) playing with transformers which went from vehicles to robots. These little guys have those toys beat hands down. SCREECHERS WILD!, vehicles that transform into creatures using “explosive 360-degree flip morphing action.”  The little plastic disks called FOOD gives the Screechers Wild a “fuel-injected feeding time” when the Screechers either pick up activates the flip transformation.

The world of Screechers Wild! has already been built-out with character backstories, and will soon be supported by animated webisodes. So what exactly is a Screecher?

A Screecher is the alchemic melding between driver and machine into one massive mecha-kick-butt-creature! Taking driving to the next evolutionary level, Screechers are— true to their namesake— part hot rods, part animal spirit avatars.

Imbued with both advanced racing mechanisms and state-of-the-art beast weaponry, a Screecher is a vehicle with a hidden second self!

Rated for kids 6+

WHINES

I found the directions confusing. Alice? Didn’t have a single problem. (It’s like child-proof stuff, kids are usually the ones that can figure stuff out quickest!! Right??)
Alice is having fun which is all that counts.

Want more information? Check Here: http://www.alphatoys.com/screecherswild

Disclosure: I received a free or greatly discounted product for the purpose of this review. The opinions are 100% mine. I have not been influenced in any way. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials In Advertising. Questions or concerns please contact me at Connie@PeanutButterAndWhine.com
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