Mesothelioma is a form of cancer caused generally by exposure to asbestos fibres and dust. The mesothelial cells cover the outer surface of most of our internal body organs and form a lining which is where this type of cancer gets its name.
More people die in Britain from asbestos linked cancer than are killed in road accidents. Up to 2000 people die each year because of related conditions such as mesothelioma.
As with other types of asbestos related cancers the symptoms can take some time to reveal themselves, 20-50 years being the normal timescales.
The scientific view is that there is no safe level of exposure to asbestos dust. Asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma can be caused by very low levels of exposure to asbestos dust. It is now generally held by the courts that from 1965 onwards employers should have known that exposing their employees to even low levels of asbestos dust created a significant health risk of employees suffering asbestos related cancers and therefore precautions must be taken to avoid exposing employees to asbestos dust.
An asbestos victim may be entitled to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit if the asbestos related disease was caused by asbestos at work. This benefit is dealt with by Jobcentre Plus. The benefit is only paid to asbestos victims who have diffuse pleural thickening or lung cancer (with also asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening) or mesothelioma. You will be asked to attend a medical examination.
If you or a relative were exposed to asbestos dust or fibres during your working life and believe this may have caused lung cancer or related problems – you may be able to claim industrial disease compensation. Speak to our specialist solicitors today regarding what legal solutions may be open to you.
Please note: that we have had a number of enquiries from claimants stating that doctors are failing to properly diagnose conditions relating to asbestos. If you or your family have encountered this you may be able to claim for medical negligence compensation. Please speak to us if you need an unbiased legal opinion. Our service is entirely No win no fee and we do not deduct any of your compensation. 100% guaranteed. Read more on asbestos laws in the UK and symptoms of exposure to asbestos.
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