Asbestos was primarily used in industries such as construction, shipbuilding, and vehicle manufacturing due to its heat resistant and insulating properties. However, if exposed to this substance, individuals may eventually develop certain conditions such as Mesothelioma – a type of cancer.
With virtually all cases linked to asbestos, this disease can develop in the lining of the lungs or abdomen. Sadly, after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a sufferer is unlikely to recover. According to the NHS, the majority of individuals living with this disease will die within three years of its detection.
It is common for cases of Mesothelioma to be diagnosed suddenly, once the condition is at an advanced stage, leaving little time for preventive treatments, which is why the fatality rate is so high in Mesothelioma cases. Instead of developing immediately after a sufferer comes into contact with asbestos, he or she may begin to show symptoms up to 60 years after their initial exposure.
Although it is now illegal for companies to use asbestos, it is believed that the number of Mesothelioma-related fatalities will peak around 2016. Moreover, according to Cancer Research UK, as this condition normally occurs due to asbestos exposure within the workplace, the majority of these cases will probably involve men.
Secondary exposure to asbestos
In the past, it has been claimed that many industries did not do enough to protect workers from asbestos exposure. By allowing employees to come into contact with dangerous airborne asbestos fibres, employers were not only putting the wellbeing of their staff members at risk, but also their employee’s families.
By coming home after work while still wearing the same clothes – or without going through proper decontamination procedures – employees may have inadvertently put their families in danger of coming into contact with asbestos through what is known as “secondary exposure”.
For example, there are documented instances of husbands using asbestos, and then giving their work overalls to their wives to wash at the end of a working day. These women would then wash and shake the fibres off the clothing – causing the asbestos dust fibres to become airborne. As a result, in some cases, these people went on to develop Mesothelioma or other asbestos-related diseases.
Seth Lovis & Co Mesothelioma solicitors
Sadly, there is no cure for Mesothelioma. For people diagnosed with Mesothelioma, controlling symptoms is the main aim of treatment.
However, if you, or a family member, have developed an asbestos-related disease – and if it can be proved that it was the fault of someone else – you may be entitled to claim compensation through one of our specialist Mesothelioma solicitors.
To find out if Seth Lovis & Co can help you receive compensation, please call us today on 0808 252 0678. Alternatively, please complete an online enquiry form and a member of our experienced team will contact you to discuss your circumstances.