Hodge Jones & Allen has pledged to work with 12 other law firms to support a new campaign, #ActionMeso, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers of asbestos and the cancer called mesothelioma, which is caused by exposure to asbestos.
The UK has the world’s highest incidence of mesothelioma with around 2,700 people each year being diagnosed, often decades after exposure to asbestos.
ActionMeso brings together patients, carers, charities, support groups, healthcare professionals, law firms, and many other organisations under the same umbrella to make the public aware that asbestos remains a problem in the UK which must be addressed.
For the first time, thirteen law firms including Hodge Jones & Allen have come together to support the #ActionMeso campaign by raising awareness of mesothelioma and asbestos, and helping to develop future campaigns and projects.
It is often mistakenly thought that because asbestos is banned in this country it is no longer a problem. However, it is still prevalent within many buildings, especially primary and secondary schools, colleges, and hospitals.
Isobel Lovett, Head of the Asbestos Team at Hodge Jones & Allen said: “We see first-hand every day, the devastating effects of mesothelioma and other asbestos related diseases. It is so important that mesothelioma and the risks of asbestos to health are known to everyone so that future generations will not be exposed to the same risks. Exposure to asbestos in the past can’t be changed, but we can all work together to ensure the legacy of the past isn’t carried into the future”.
“Hodge Jones & Allen will work with the other ActionMeso organisations to support the campaign by continuing to educate people about the dangers of asbestos and to fight for the rights of those already affected. Our firm is well known for its campaigning work and we are proud to promote this important campaign in our everyday work”.
ActionMeso has planned a series of activities to raise awareness of mesothelioma and the dangers of asbestos under the hashtag #ActionMeso.
Law firms who have pledged their support to #ActionMeso include Asbestos Law Partnership, Boyes Turner, Digby Brown, Fieldfisher, Graysons, Hodge Jones and Allen, Hugh James, Irwin Mitchell, Larcomes, Leigh Day, Royds Withy King, Slater Gordon and Thompsons.
The ActionMeso awareness campaigns will lead to major events, Action Mesothelioma Days (AMD), in 2021 and 2022 that aim to capture the public’s imagination and reach a significant number of people outside of the mesothelioma community.
As a starting point ActionMeso is inviting the public to subscribe to the website www.actionmeso.org where new information will be posted regularly, and to follow the campaign on social media.