What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis is fibrosis, or scarring of the lungs caused by long term or heavy exposure to asbestos.

Asbestosis diagnosis

There are other conditions that are similar to asbestosis and to make a diagnosis a doctor has to exclude these other conditions by looking at certain criteria.

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Asbestosis compensation

We can help secure compensation to help you and your family cope with your illness and give you peace of mind.

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Asbestosis Guides

We have put together useful guides to help you.

What causes Asbestosis »
Symptoms of Asbestosis »
Guide for Carers »


This usually progresses slowly and can cause severe breathlessness. There is no known treatment to alter the progression of the disease. Asbestosis can take around 10 – 20 years from when you were first exposed to asbestos until it is detected.

There is usually a 10% chance of developing mesothelioma and a 20 – 50% chance of developing lung cancer (the commonest complication of asbestosis).

Smoking significantly increases your chances of developing lung cancer if you have asbestosis.
There are other conditions which can mimic asbestosis such as Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis or Extrinsic Allergic Alveolitis (also known as bird fanciers lung), Carcoidosis or Rheumatoid Disease.

However the majority of people with asbestosis live with their disability all their lives and once it reaches a plateau it tends not to deteriorate further and they do not die from it.

“ Thank you to Steven [Evans] for his kindness, patience, efficiency and professionalism throughout this process.  I didn’t think my dad would cope well with the requirements but Steven’s calm nature and knowledge made a fairly grim situation much easier to bear.  We contacted other solicitors at the start of this process, and their hard-sell approach was dreadful – thank goodness for you and your team! ”

Miss H

Daughter of former GPO/BT employee

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