By the late 18th Century, Manchester was quickly becoming a symbol of the industrial revolution. Possibly due to an ever increasing population, the area's manufacturing trade boomed, producing such items as cotton, wool, linen, and silk.
Over the years, Manchester developed into what could be considered an industrial powerhouse, with numerous factories, mills and warehouses. However, although the city was renowned for its textile industry, this sector began to decline following the end of World War II. Consequently, as new trades began to enter Manchester, premises which were previously used to produce materials such as cotton, were refurbished in order to manufacture more modern items.
One of these products could have been asbestos.
This material was widely used up until the middle of the 1980s to complete a number of different tasks. As it was strong, flexible, and demonstrated excellent heat-resistance, as well as insulating properties, several organisations utilised asbestos in construction projects, shipbuilding and during the manufacturing of numerous consumer items.
Unfortunately, it was only until the 1970s that the dangers of asbestos became apparent. If disturbed or damaged, it has the potential to release fibres into the air. Once inhaled, a sufferer could eventually develop a number of often fatal health conditions, such as mesothelioma.
According to the NHS, mesothelioma is a form of cancer which is usually caused by asbestos exposure. Yet, this condition will not develop immediately after a sufferer comes into contact with asbestos. Instead, a sufferer may begin to display symptoms up to 60 years after their initial exposure.
Sadly, mesothelioma usually proves fatal – often claiming the life of the sufferer within three years of being detected.
Every year, numerous tradesmen succumb to this condition, perhaps after previously working with asbestos. However, it appears that mesothelioma sufferers are especially prevalent within former industrial areas, such as Manchester.
In the five years leading up to 2013, the number of mesothelioma diagnoses in Greater Manchester increased by 55%. In addition, it was claimed that 138 people developed this condition in the area during 2012.
As mesothelioma may become apparent decades after a sufferer's initial exposure to asbestos, these individuals could have come into contact with this material while working in the city during the 1960s and 1970s.
However, although their exposure may have occurred years ago, they might be able to receive mesothelioma compensation through an experienced Seth Lovis & Co asbestos claim solicitor.
Mesothelioma Greater Manchester claims
Although Seth Lovis & Co is based in the heart of London, our team of specialist mesothelioma lawyers will strive to help individuals located in any part of the UK.
Allowing numerous sufferers to claim compensation for their conditions, they also often secure damages to refund any lost earnings, as well as provide therapy costs.
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