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What is asbestosis?

When someone breathes in asbestos dust, asbestos fibres lodge themselves in the lungs and stay there.  Over time this causes scarring, which makes it more difficult for the lungs to function properly.

Scarring (or ‘fibrosis’) of the lungs can occur without asbestos exposure.  However, if a person has been exposed to a large quantity of asbestos dust during their lifetime, it becomes more likely that the scarring has been caused by asbestos exposure and that person is diagnosed as suffering from ‘asbestosis’.

The condition is permanent and can cause severe disability and even death.  The condition often takes decades to develop and so often affects people in later life.

How we can help

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed an asbestos-related illness, or if a loved one has died from an asbestos-related illness, we can help you.

We offer independent, expert legal advice and we can help you to understand all of the options available. We have a number of offices across North Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire and serve clients across the wider Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset region.

We are also happy to visit you in your own home.

For a free initial discussion, please call Richard Green on 01275 858515 or email us at asbestos@wards.uk.com.

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UPDATE October 2020

We have now re-opened our branches to clients but all appointments and visits must be pre-booked to comply with government guidance.

Availability for face-to- face meetings in branches will be limited and remote contact with teams – via phone, email or video call – is preferred wherever possible.  Our prime concern remains the safety of our clients and our staff.

Please note that all visitors to our offices must, by law, wear a face covering.

We cannot accept drop-in visits from clients without an appointment being made in advance. If you have documents for us, including for ID certification, please deliver them to our letterbox

How to get in touch:

  • Please email or telephone your usual lawyer or team, or
  • Please telephone the branch most convenient to you between 9am and 5:30pm, or email info@wards.uk.com at any time and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

We look forward to hearing from you.  A list of our 11 branches is available here.

Thank you.

Wards Solicitors LLP