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Dangers of Asbestos from Clothing and Legal Issues

Isobel Lovett

Posted by Isobel Lovett | Partner
On 18th October 2018

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.

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Paying for Non-NHS funded treatment through civil compensation claims – hope for victims of mesothelioma

Isobel Lovett

Posted by Isobel Lovett | Partner
On 26th June 2018

Important progress has recently been made in the field of medical research into the mechanism of development of mesothelioma and how it can be effectively be treated.

Advancing medical treatments for people suffering from Mesothelioma

Whereas in the past, the prognosis was generally poor for patients receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma, the landscape is changing due to increased understanding of how the body reacts to the invasion of asbestos fibres and the availability of new drugs and therapies.

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Asbestos exposure outside the UK- the problems continue

Daniel Cooper

Posted by Daniel Cooper | Solicitor
On 11th June 2018

In the UK we can be grateful that exposure to asbestos for the ordinary person is rare. Though its dangers were obscured for generations, its eventual total ban in 1999 meant that workers and British citizens were finally afforded the protection they needed. Unfortunately, the same lies that the asbestos industry asked us to swallow in the 60s and 70s are still being repeated in other parts in the world. Amongst others, Russia and Kazakhstan still mine asbestos and countries like India still import millions of tons of it every year. Those that suffer most are rarely those that own the mines or make vast profits from cheap building materials.

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