2 – 6 August is Injury Prevention Week. Would you know if you have been exposed to asbestos – are you suffering a long-lasting injury?

2nd August 2021

2 – 6 August is Injury Prevention Week. Would you know if you have been exposed to asbestos – are you suffering a long-lasting injury?

When most people think of asbestos, they assume it is as a thing of the past. A dangerous material used extensively in the 50’s and 60’s is still a threat to people’s lives today.

Exposure can cause long-term complications later in life, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma and mainly affects elderly men who worked with asbestos in the construction or heavy industry. We have also seen cases of wives who have unfortunately developed an asbestos related disease as a result of living with someone who was exposed to asbestos. Subsequently they may have inhaled asbestos fibres brought back home, for example laundering their clothing.

The threat is still real, it is becoming apparent that the scourge of asbestos is not in the past and is very much still with us and in settings and industries which will come as a surprise to many.

This is demonstrated by two current cases recently reported in the media which involve musicians who worked for the BBC at their Maida Vale studio as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra.  Who would have thought that regularly recording with an orchestra playing the violin or horn would lead, many decades later, to a dreadful disease and untimely death? But that is exactly what happened in these cases, as a result of asbestos present in the aged building at the BBC Maida Vale studios, and the ensuing disturbance of that asbestos releasing the fibres into the atmosphere.

Now more than ever, it throws into sharp focus that asbestos was used in the construction of many buildings and these include public buildings, worryingly affecting hospitals and schools. Whilst the dangers of asbestos are more widely recognised and there is a wealth of information on how to manage the risks from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it is not always obvious where danger lies.  For example, following the death of a primary school teacher in 2016, it was recognised that regularly pinning children’s work to display boards in the classroom exposed staff and children to low levels of released dust.

Thanks to our experienced personal injury lawyers across Suffolk who have a wealth of knowledge in this area we can help. We have an in-depth understanding and know-how of acting for clients sadly diagnosed with conditions developed as a result of being exposed to asbestos such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.

We are here to listen to you and to advise you and your family if you are diagnosed with such a condition and need help to claim compensation.  We offer advice on a “no win no fee” basis.

Contact us on 01473 211121 for a free initial chat. Or email [email protected]

Blog Posts

Suffolk Remembers – Our ‘letter’ of support


St. Elizabeth Hospice’s popular memorial event, Suffolk Remembers, took place at Felixstowe on 21st…

Read More
Upcoming Events

Supply Chain Supper Club – February 2020


This event is invite only. If you would like to receive an invite, please…

Read More
News Posts

Gotelee welcomes Sian Walker…


We are delighted to welcome Sian Walker as a trainee solicitor within Gotelee Solicitors…

Read More


"“ This is the second time we have used Tracey for the conveyancing to buy our new home. She is always completely approachable, she has helped us along the way with advice and useful tips that has helped lessen the stress. We have complete confidence in her and would not hesitate to recommend her to our friends and family”.  - Peter Dawes, Cater Dawes Financial Planning "


"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"

- MT

"Prompt, helpful, polite and very professional service"


"The ease that we could access and speak to Pat Smith - Thank you"


"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"

- CT

"Jade Shelton was absolutely fantastic!! Professional and proactive at all times."

- JH

"We found Rachel Dawson outstanding, polite, professional and caring."


"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."

- SH

"I would like to say thank you for your help, support and guidance over the last two and a half years. Obviously should I need further assistance in the future I shall not hesitate to call you guys."


"This is by far the go-to firm for any issues. You are made to feel valued from the outset and they are so confident in what they do. Wouldn't recommend any other. Thank you Hugh and Max."

- Ros Jones

    Please select preferred method of contact

    * We will only contact you by telephone if you select this as primary form of contact. All web enquiries will be stored on our website for 30 days.