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Victims are likely to have been exposed to asbestos. When asbestos fibres are inhaled, they can damage local lung cells, gradually building up and causing scar tissue which cannot expand or contract like healthy lung tissue, resulting in reduced breathing function.
Although the condition is not generally fatal it can become more debilitating over the space of several years. Those most at risk are people who handled, used or came into contact with asbestos during their daily work. That could include people such as carpenters or electricians, miners, labourers working on building sites, merchant mariners and railway workers.
Your employer has a duty to protect your health and safety at work. If they have failed in that duty, you are well within your rights to bring a claim for compensation against them. You may be able to claim compensation from your employer who was negligently responsible for exposing you to asbestos.
You could have a case for claiming compensation even if the company (or their insurer) is no longer in business. As a general rule you usually have to start a claim within three years of when you knew you were suffering from an illness caused by asbestos exposure. This is usually taken to mean the date of diagnosis or the first 'date of knowledge' and does not mean three years from the time of asbestos exposure.
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