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Action Mesothelioma Day 2020: the dangers of asbestos in the workplace

July 3rd 2020 is Action Mesothelioma Day. Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that grows in the lining of a person’s organs – commonly the lungs – and is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. The Occupational Disease team at Linder Myers Solicitors has worked with many individuals suffering from mesothelioma and their families to ensure they receive the compensation they deserve when their condition was caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace.

Symptoms of mesothelioma

The main symptoms of mesothelioma in the lining of the lungs are chest pains, a persistent cough and shortness of breath – as well as unexplained weight loss, fatigue and swollen fingertips. There are many conditions with similar symptoms, but if you present with these you should seek advice from a healthcare professional.

Mesothelioma symptoms often don’t appear for a long time after asbestos exposure, with several decades often passing between exposure and a diagnosis.

Asbestos in the workplace

Heat-resistant and a good insulator, asbestos was used as a building material for many years. Its hazardous nature was brought to light in the 1970s and the UK banned its use in 1999. However, many buildings constructed before the year 2000 may still contain asbestos.

In most cases, asbestos is unlikely to cause any ill effects until its disturbed. This means a person may be in a building that contains asbestos and suffer no ill health as a result – but those that work in jobs that could damage the asbestos are at far greater risk.

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees while carrying out work-related tasks. At Linder Myers, our Occupational Disease team work on behalf of a number of people from various occupations who have developed mesothelioma as a direct result of workplace conditions, particularly:

  • Construction workers
  • Firefighters
  • Industrial workers
  • Shipyard workers
  • Telecommunication engineers
  • Mechanics
  • Decorators.

Asbestos is a hazardous material, and employers must ensure that their employee’s are not at risk due to exposure. It is when the proper health and safety procedures, including training, are not properly implemented that employees may suffer.

Mesothelioma compensation

Linder Myers Solicitors has vast experience in working with individuals who have developed mesothelioma due to exposure in the workplace. Our Occupational Team work tirelessly to ensure such people get the compensation they deserve.

One such matter was a gentleman who developed malignant mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure in his place of work from the mid to late 1960s through to the late 1980s. He was initially employed as a trainee cable jointer and thereafter he became Technician T2B and later Technician T2A. The gentleman was exposed to asbestos due to working in telephone exchanges across the country, where asbestos boards were used to upgrade and modify the exchanges and large numbers of small bags of asbestos were used to pack around cables where the cables would pass through walls or ceilings. It was alleged that the gentleman’s exposure to asbestos was significantly above usual background levels, in breach of his employer’s duties to him and the level of exposure was sufficient to cause mesothelioma. Sadly the gentleman passed away during the claims process, so the claim was then pursued on behalf of the Estate. In this instance, we were able to achieve a successful settlement for the Estate in the sum of £105,500.00.

With decades of experience, the Linder Myers Occupational Disease solicitors understand the devastating impact mesothelioma can have on an individual’s like. Our team take the time to understand your situation and ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family. Get in touch today: enquiries@lindermyers.co.uk or find out more here.

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