What is Mesothelioma and can you claim compensation for getting it?
Posted: 16th March 2016
Posted in: Asbestos Exposure Employer Negligence Industrial Deafness and Disease Mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a devastating disease. It is a highly aggressive form of cancer most commonly found in men who have been exposed to asbestos throughout their working life. The condition is contracted by breathing asbestos fibres into the lungs. The microscopic asbestos fibres aggravate the cells of the lungs and cause them to mutate into cancerous cells. Mesothelioma usually affects the lungs but can also be found in the stomach.
Common symptoms of mesothelioma include chest pain, breathing problems, fatigue and weight loss.
More than 2,600 people were diagnosed with mesothelioma last year.
Industry workers that are most at risk of developing mesothelioma include those who worked in shipbuilding, manufacturing, boiler makers, motor industry, power stations, electronics and construction. For this reason, the vast majority of mesothelioma cases involve men.
The dangers of asbestos have been known for a very long time, but the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma was only made around 50 years ago. It can take up to 40 years for mesothelioma to develop, so cases are sadly expected to rise over the coming years.
Many employers were aware of the risks but did not take the precautions necessary to protect their workers from the risks of asbestos exposure. These employers may be liable for this negligence.
Who Can Make a Claim?
Usually in a personal injury case, the claim must be made within three years of the injury. This time limit will often be waived in mesothelioma cases as the disease can take many years for symptoms to present.
Sadly, due to the nature of the disease, some people affected will be unable to make a claim against their former employers before they die. In some circumstances, the family or spouse of a mesothelioma sufferer will be able to make a claim after the person has died. In you are in this position and are unsure what steps to take next, contact our specialist personal injury team to find out if we can help you.
How Do You Make a Claim for Mesothelioma?
If you have lost a loved one due to mesothelioma, you may not know where to start to make a claim. You might worry that too much time has passed, and you might not be able to track your spouse’s former employers down. However, there have been many successful mesothelioma compensation claims, and there are many ways for personal injury specialists to find former employers in records and databases.
The first step is contacting our expert team, we can support you through the process and fight to help you secure maximum compensation.
Contact Our Specialist Personal Injury Lawyers
We have a dedicated panel of trusted personal injury lawyers. We have years of experience in helping families obtain compensation for the negligence shown to their loved ones. If someone in your family has suffered from mesothelioma and was exposed to asbestos at work, contact us today to discuss your case and find out how we can help.
Contact our expert legal team today to find out how we could help you make a claim.
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