What do I need to know about mesothelioma?
It’s been the subject of memes all across the UK and US, but the asbestos-related cancer Mesothelioma is no laughing matter. A rare form of lung cancer, mesothelioma develops after asbestos exposure, sometimes even the smallest amount. It can take up to 30 years to become apparent in a patient, which is why, although asbestos has been banned in the UK for construction, many who worked in construction in the 60’s and 70’s housing boom in the UK are now finding themselves in the unimaginable position of facing a lung cancer diagnosis. All due to the negligence of their employers.
So what do you need to know about mesothelioma?
It is very difficult to cure, but if you suspect yourself to be at risk, you can minimise the damage through regular check-ups with your doctor and giving an honest history. Cancer caught early has much better odds of being beaten. Many who contract it will seek to claim compensation, as the dangers of asbestos were known long before the substance was banned in the UK and employer negligence is at fault in many cases of mesothelioma.
In the UK, it is possible to make a claim for mesothelioma compensation, even if you cannot prove or remember which employer was responsible for your exposure. Due to the government’s diffuse mesothelioma act, victims of this cancer can claim mesothelioma compensation amounts of up to £123,000, depending on their age and other factors. Claimants are no longer required to prove a certain level of exposure to asbestos in order to make a claim as cancer has been found to almost always be the product of asbestos exposure.
Those who have never worked with asbestos who find themselves falling victim to mesothelioma are also able to claim, as many were unknowingly exposed due to air pollution or through a family member’s exposure. There are cases of wives who washed asbestos covered overalls at home, and children who inhaled fibres from the clothes of their father. These people are now able to claim for financial security, despite being largely unable to provide their levels of exposure to asbestos.
What is Mesothelioma?
- Mesothelioma is an unfortunate diagnosis for anyone to receive, and the prognosis can be upsetting to hear. This is why many families seek the stability of compensation, in order to ensure financial security in the face of uncertainty. This is why solicitors work quickly with these cases, ensuring that the family is able to receive the money in plenty of time. Families of the deceased may also claim.
- Mesothelioma is one of the most dangerous illnesses to come from asbestos exposure, with its long incubation period making it difficult to detect and treat, if you believe you have been exposed to asbestos, it is best to see a doctor as soon as possible as exposure risks can be mitigated with a close working doctor, patient relationship and a carefully managed treatment plan, although, there is no known cure for mesothelioma yet.