Pleural mesothelioma, a disease linked to exposure to asbestos fibres, is a malignant tumor of the lungs or abdomen’s surrounding membrane. The incidence of this form of cancer is growing even when asbestos has been banned from the United Kingdom for a considerable number of years. This stems from the long latency period (more or less 40 years) from exposure to diagnosis. Mesothelioma’s primary symptoms are breathlessness or chest pains.
Work-related exposure to asbestos most likely occurred in the past decades in shipbuilding, mining, plumbing, manufacture of asbestos cement and textiles, and building and insulation industries. Work in these industries peaked during the 1960s-1970s period. However, workers in other industries could have been exposed to asbestos yet they may not remember being exposed to the substance. Some individuals may contract mesothelioma if they have lived near asbestos factories or have washed contaminated clothing.
Mesothelioma has no cure at the moment; however, there are available therapies that can improve life’s quality and help control mesothelioma symptoms. The treatment offered depends on the individual circumstances and the stage of the disease.
Even when no cure is in sight, there is always a silver lining when it comes to managing mesothelioma. Every diagnosed individual or worker will need help and support. The diagnoses are often hard to accept and sufferers (including their friends and family) may feel bitter and angry. Anyone with mesothelioma should have access to treatment and info on their disease as well as emotional support like someone professional to talk to.
If one is diagnosed with mesothelioma, he or she may claim social security benefits, compensation and payout from employers, or even both. If a person develops mesothelioma as a result from being exposed to asbestos at work, one may claim from the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. The payout is quick and the sufferer should file a claim as soon as possible so that the sufferer does not miss out on the benefits that he or she is entitled to.
A person who contracted mesothelioma from workplace exposure to asbestos may claim compensation from his or her employer or employers by filing lawsuits against them for negligence. If one’s mesothelioma was contracted by contaminated clothing, one may claim payout from the relevant law firm. Asbestos compensation is a specialized legal area and the sufferer should get counsel from a solicitor who will know how to handle a claim and the solicitor should ensure that the matter is dealt with in the soonest possible time.
If a person has mesothelioma and is a member of a union, or the person was with a union when the sufferer worked with asbestos, the union may help by referring an experienced and qualified solicitor. A person who may have been exposed to asbestos decades ago may no longer be able to claim compensation from the employer. However, the person may still be able to claim from the insurer of the defunct company.
The legacy of asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma and asbestosis is grim. However, sufferers of these diseases can claim compensation because there are many legal and medical options available for these people.