Most people given the diagnosis of malignant mesothelioma will never have heard of this aggressive condition before, yet more people in the UK die from this disease than are killed on the roads. What is mesothelioma cancer?
In order to claim compensation we have to be able to show that you were negligently exposed to asbestos fibres and that this exposure has caused your asbestos disease. Usually this occurs through occupational exposure to asbestos many decades earlier but it is still possible to claim even if the company is no longer in existence provided that we can trace their insurers. There is even a compensation scheme for those cases where the company has ceased trading and the insurers cannot be traced.
We are seeing an increasing number of women who contract mesothelioma from asbestos and often without any occupational history of exposure themselves.
Though women are perhaps less likely to have worked in the traditionally male-dominated heavy industries where direct exposure to asbestos was commonplace, they are at high risk from secondary exposure. One 1997 US study found that nearly half of the women who had contracted mesothelioma had suffered exposure due to household contact with individuals who worked with asbestos. Typically, the women did the family laundry and shook out the contaminated clothes before washing them, breathing in large quantities of asbestos fibres in the process.
In claims involving disabling or terminal asbestos diseases, such as mesothelioma or advanced asbestosis, it is common for victims to need care and assistance, which is usually provided by family members or friends.
Mesothelioma is a rare and deadly form of cancer nearly always associated with exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a mineral and there are several types including: amosite, anthophyllite, actinolite, chrysotile, crocidolite, tremolite. All of these forms of asbestos are known to be highly carcinogenic.