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If you or a member of your family has suffered from mesothelioma and you believe there could be a link between the illness and an employer’s negligence then you could have a valid mesothelioma claim. Please get in touch with one of our asbestos solicitors at Jefferies to see if you qualify for a no win no fee compensation claim.
A mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer which affects people who have been exposed to asbestos, often in the work place. It is a debilitating and painful condition that affects the family and friends of sufferers.
Mesothelioma compensation claims have been on the rise in recent years as the number of people receiving a diagnosis has increased. Statistically, more men than women suffer from the illness, largely due to the environments which many men worked in historically. Women can and do suffer from mesothelioma, though, and this can happen as a result of exposure to clothes or equipment that have been contaminated with asbestos fibres and brought home.
Mesothelioma claims can also be classed as an industrial illness claim as cases of the illness are nearly always triggered by exposure to asbestos while at work. The illness can take more than 10 years to develop and in the majority of cases, exposure has occurred between 20 – 40 years and it can reach up to 60 years in some cases. It is predicted that the number of asbestos claims will rise and peak in and around the year 2020.
The main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos in the workplace. This material was used heavily in a range of different public and private sector buildings, particularly during the middle of the last century. The awareness of the dangers of asbestos did not come to the fore until later on in the seventies and eighties. Even though the substance is now banned, it is still present in some buildings and people are beginning to feel the effects of exposure to asbestos, despite it being often several decades ago.
People who have lived close to areas where there is a lot of asbestos, as well as the wives of the people who worked in environments where asbestos was present, can make a mesothelioma claim as long as there is enough evidence to show third party blame.
All types of mesothelioma are fast spreading but rare; the name derives from mesothelial cells which are mutated in people who suffer from the illness. Medical professionals like to know as soon as they can how far the cancer has progressed so that they know the correct treatment to give. The four main types of mesothelioma are:
There are any number of people who could suffer from mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related illnesses; this includes, ship yard builders; teachers; nurses; welders; fire fighters and laboratory technicians:
If your employer has gone out of business it is still possible to make a claim. A qualified asbestos lawyer can advise you whether or not you qualify for the government’s compensation scheme. It is also possible to make a claim if you are only presently suffering from minor symptoms. If your condition is asbestos related, then there is a chance that it could develop into something more serious.
In order for a mesothelioma claim to be successful, medical facts will need to be proven by having a medical examination from which a report can be produced; this will show that you are suffering from the illness. It is also important to prove there is a link between your illness and your employer’s negligence.
In the majority of cases, there is a three-year time limit in which you can make a claim, the starting point is the date you were told you had the illness. In addition, if you have worked in more than one environment that could have exposed you to asbestos then it is still possible to make a claim, providing you can demonstrate which employer was negligent.
Jefferies Solicitors are experienced asbestos solicitors and regularly deal with many different mesothelioma claims. To get in touch with us, please call our accident helpline number or make an online enquiry.