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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma Claims

What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancer that can be caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres. When asbestos is disturbed, the asbestos fibres float in the air like dust and are inhaled by people in the area. The fibres work their way to the lining in the lungs (the pleura). The irritation of the pleura damages the lung and can cause genetic mutations which can eventually lead to the growth of cancer.

Mesothelioma is most common with workers in the construction industry such as laggers, joiners, pipe fitters and demolition workers to name a few. It can also be caused by secondary exposure i.e a wife who washes her husband’s work clothes which are covered in asbestos dust. The development of mesothelioma can take years to fully develop following exposure.

The symptoms of mesothelioma

Mesothelioma typically develops over a long period of time. It is not uncommon for it to develop some 20 to 40 years after exposure to asbestos. Unfortunately, by the time mesothelioma symptoms are noticed, the cancer is often approaching or has already reached an advanced stage.

It should be noted that in the early stages, mesothelioma does not have many symptoms. The most common symptoms of mesothelioma to look out for are:

  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tiredness (fatigue)
  • Sweating and high temperatures
  • A persistent cough
  • Losing weight when not dieting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • A hoarse or husky voice

Not everyone that has been exposed to asbestos will go on to develop an asbestos related condition, however if you are suffering from the above symptoms, we recommend making an urgent appointment with your GP to investigate further.

What should you do if you have mesothelioma?

You should seek urgent medical attention if you believe you may be suffering from mesothelioma. The earlier the cancer is spotted, the greater the chances of prolonging your life. Your GP will refer you to the hospital for some initial scans to determine whether mesothelioma is present or not.

If the medical experts confirm that mesothelioma is present, then your employer or past employers may be to blame for your condition. An employer has a duty of care to keep all employees safe in the work place. All employees should be informed of the dangers of asbestos and should not be forced to work in an environment where asbestos is in abundance.

Why should you claim for mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a very aggressive cancer and the survival rate is very low. You should not have to suffer pain and a death sentence because of a mistake by your employers. A compensation claim will not reverse the wrongs, but can help ease your situation or to financially assist your family if you are no longer here.

If it is proven that your mesothelioma is a direct result of you working in an asbestos-exposed environment, then you are entitled to make a claim. Your claim is for the damage to your body and your sufferings. Your mesothelioma compensation will cover for your expenses as well as the expenses of your legal carers if you have any.

Limitation period for mesothelioma claims

A limitation period is the maximum time allowed to bring a mesothelioma claim to the attention of the courts after illness has occurred. The limitation period for mesothelioma compensation claims is 3 years from when you were diagnosed with mesothelioma. If a family member has already passed away due to mesothelioma, the 3 year period you have to make a claim restarts from the date of death.

Do you have a valid claim?

If you have worked in the construction industry in the past and your doctor has diagnosed you with mesothelioma, then it is likely that you have a valid claim. Upon a diagnosis, you should submit a mesothelioma claim as soon as possible so that your claim falls within the limitation period.

In the circumstance that a client passes away during their claim, the claim could still continue with a next of kin, or someone appointed in the client’s will.

If the company is now dissolved, we are able locate the insurers who will ultimately pay your compensation.

Scott Rees & Co solicitors have an excellent team dedicated to industrial disease claims. We have successfully helped many clients with their mesothelioma claims over the past 20 years. Let our experienced solicitors advise you with our second-to-none knowledge and help make your claim stress-free. To start a claim or to make an enquiry, please call us or fill in the claim form at the top of the page and get started today.

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