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20th anniversary of the asbestos ban

24 November 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the ban on the use of asbestos in the UK. However, the consequences of its use have been long-lasting as asbestos exposure is still responsible for thousands of serious illnesses and deaths each year.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos was used as an insulating material in buildings. It’s often found in pipes and boilers but also the construction of workplaces, schools, hospitals and other public buildings.

The two most common types of asbestos were brown (amosite) and blue (crocidolite). Both were made illegal in 1985 but it was not until 1999 that the use and import of asbestos were completely banned in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Unfortunately, the effects of asbestos take decades to become apparent, which means it can take years before a person discovers they have an asbestos-related condition as a result of past-exposure to the substance.

What should you do if you have been affected by asbestos?

We understand the trauma that asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening, and pleural plaques, can cause to both the sufferer and their family. If you, or your family, have been affected by past-exposure to asbestos, our specialist asbestos solicitors are here to support you through the process of making a claim.

At Thompsons NI, we specialise in running and winning claims for families and loved ones who have suffered the devastating effects of an asbestos-related disease. For over 30 years, we have pursued cases for those in the construction and shipbuilding industries, as well as teachers and those exposed through second-hand contact with others.

In 2011, we fought to secure the introduction of legislation which restored the right of people in Northern Ireland to claim compensation for pleural plaques, a condition which victims in England and Wales are no longer to get compensation for.

If you, or a family member, have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition and would like legal advice, please contact us for a free consultation on 02890890450. Alternatively, visit our asbestos disease claims page for more information about the support we offer.