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If you go to your doctor with a slight cough and breathlessness, you might well expect to come out with a prescription for some medicine and a sick-note for a few days off work while it gets better. However if you have been exposed to asbestos at any point in your working or personal life, your outcome could be significantly worse.

Graham Ansell, a husband and father of three from West Sussex went along to his doctor one day with a bit of a cough and a feeling of breathlessness. His doctor had the foresight to ask about his career and any other health problems that he had suffered, and sent him for further tests – within a year he had died from complications caused by asbestosis.

Graham had become an apprentice carpenter when he was 16 years old. Some of his work involved the cutting up of boards of Asbestolux alongside working in rooves where chimneys had been demolished. Subsequently his career had taken him to work on the refurbishment of a large London bank, where he was instructed to drill into ceilings and cut and install fire-proof doors. He never wore any protective clothing or equipment because he was never informed of the risks he was exposed to.

When his diagnosis came through, they found that he only had 10 per cent use of his affected lung and had to have several litres of fluid drained before he could start a course of chemotherapy. Following an operation to remove the affected lung, it was discovered that the cancer had spread to the chest wall and that further surgery was therefore impossible. He died just one year after his visit to his GP.

If you have worked in an industry where asbestos was present, you should get yourself checked over by your doctor as soon as possible. The sooner action is taken, the more likelihood of a positive outcome. The next call to make is to one of our highly trained solicitors to find out if we can help you make a claim for compensation. We have years of experience in handling cases involving asbestos, and will swiftly be able to tell you if you have a case, and if so, how much your claim could be worth. Contact us today to find out how we can help you get the compensation you deserve.