Mesothelioma – Claim Compensation for Asbestos Exposure at Work
Mesothelioma is one of the deadliest types of industrial disease workers can contract. Exposure to asbestos is the main culprit for Mesothelioma, but it isn’t the only asbestos-related disease that can develop as a result.
Average fatalities from Mesothelioma linked to employment are estimated to be 2500 annually, or 20% of all work-related lung disease deaths. Fortunately, annual fatalities from Mesothelioma are projected to decline, with over 50% of annual deaths occurring in people over 75. However, the number of those people are increasing, meaning they are still at substantial risk of developing the cancer.
Our legal experts can help people claim compensation for contracting Mesothelioma from the workplace. Speak to use as soon as possible to discuss your case on 08082391859.
Can I claim on behalf of a loved one who died from Mesothelioma contracted at work?
We can help you evaluate your case and pursue compensation for the loss of a family member who died from Mesothelioma. Our legal experts have had years of experience dealing with industrial illness cases. We give a friendly and empathetic service and offer claims on a no win, no fee* basis – speak to our legal team today on 08082391859.
What is Mesothelioma, how do you contract it and what does it do?
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that grows in the thin tissue that covers several of our internal organs – known as the Mesothelium. Most commonly, mesothelioma develops around the lungs and chest, which is why many categorise it as a lung disease, but it can also affect the surrounding tissue of the heart, testis and the abdominal lining.
The level of exposure to asbestos increases the risk of it developing, but it is possible in small or one-off instances of contact. This is often due to how easy asbestos fibres go airborne and invade the respiratory system.
The main symptoms of Mesothelioma, which are also common in other conditions, are:
- Swollen abdomen
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the chest wall
- Weight loss
Mesothelioma also has a very long-latency, with development coming often 40 years after exposure to asbestos. When the condition is diagnosed, patients rarely have an awful lot of time before it becomes fatal, and it is quite difficult to treat, especially since is spreads through core body parts.
What industries have workers that are most likely to develop Mesothelioma?
People who worked in building and construction, as well as manufacturing, are at greatest risk, especially if they worked there before the turn of the millennium. Shipbuilders are particularly threatened by the onset of Mesothelioma, with areas of Scotland, north east and north west England showing high concentrations of fatalities.
Even in areas like greater London, buildings constructed with asbestos in the past pose a current risk to builders. Structures containing asbestos are routinely demolished in developing areas to make way for new construction sites. As such, employers are regulated to mitigate exposure to asbestos to reduce the risk of Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
What can be done to reduce or prevent Asbestos exposure in the workplace?
Because of the outlawing of the substance in the late 1990s, handling or manufacturing of new asbestos is illegal. So, the main causative agent of Mesothelioma is restricted significantly.
Industries that still have contact with existing asbestos, like in construction, undergo strict regulation to provide protective equipment and training for employees to mitigate the risk of industrial disease. Asbestos-related illnesses are contracted from inhalation of asbestos fibres, and as such adequate breathing equipment is essential in preventing Mesothelioma.
Which areas of the body are most effected by Mesothelioma?
The vast majority of the time, the pleura – or the lung’s external lining – is where Mesothelioma develops. Hence why a lot of studies and research pieces list is as a lung disease. Whilst this is partially true, as the lungs are the first major organ to be exposed to asbestos fibres, the peritoneum is also an area the cancer manifests in, which is the lining of the lower digestive tract.
In rare cases, the lining of the heart and the sac surrounding the testis are places where mesothelioma can spread and grow in.
Am I likely to have a case to claim compensation for Mesothelioma?
The vast majority of cases are legacy cases, in which past employers failed to recognise and/or accommodate for the threat of exposure to asbestos. As such, we can help previous employees claim compensation. The standard 3-year personal injury compensation limitation applies to the discovery of the condition rather than the asbestos exposure, which could have been decades ago.
Even if the company at fault has ceased trading, we can seek the relevant insurance company to file the claim against and seek damages from. If you’re at all unsure about your case, call us on 08082391859 to speak to a specialist.
What advantages do I have if I claim work-related Mesothelioma compensation with Friends Legal?
- We have a team of technical qualifiers who can assess your claim for free. If they feel you have a case, we bring your claim to one of our panel solicitors – that way you don’t run up any legal fees by just asking questions.
- Our telephony team is open 24hrs a day, but you can leave them a message with our contact form, and they’ll get back to you within a few working days.
- Our panel of workplace illness solicitors can work on a no win, no fee* basis, meaning again, you’re not drumming up expensive legal fees by claiming for your ill health.
- Our team covers the whole of the UK, and you’ll be assigned to a panel solicitor depending on if you’re in England and Wales, or Scotland.
- We have a UK call centre, based in Manchester, and come from all walks of life.
- We have helped thousands of sick employees claim compensation.
- We fight for the maximum compensation for your occupational illness, because ultimately your job is to make the company successful and they should at least ensure your health and well-being in exchange.
- When we calculate your claim amount, we factor in loss of earnings, general expenses and any ongoing costs incurred by your condition, so that you get the highest level of compensation due to you.
- We’re friendly, empathetic and here to help you however we can.
Get in touch with our solicitors** today to find if and how much compensation you could claim.
If you’re suffering from Mesothelioma because of your workplace, and your employer is at fault, get in touch today. Call our helpline on 08082391859 to start your claim – we’re here to help.