The vast majority of cases of mesothelioma occur among employees who have been directly exposed to asbestos through the course of their working career. However, there have also been many documented cases of family members who have contracted the asbestos disease as a result of ingesting the deadly fibres which were carried into the home after work.
Women who washed work overalls covered in deadly asbestos dust and children who hugged their fathers at the end of the working day have all suffered exposure to the harmful material and have gone on to develop mesothelioma.
Although they were not directly employed by a business which handled or manufactured asbestos, these sufferers have been able to successfully claim compensation for mesothelioma through the civil courts.
Further, children who played in the street near asbestos factories have also gone on to suffer with asbestos-related disease and they too have been able to make claims for compensation against the liability insurers of the companies which should have protected them from harm.
Mesothelioma as an indicator of asbestos exposure
It is very rare for mesothelioma to be diagnosed and for there to have been absolutely no exposure to asbestos. So, when a person contracts this particular strain of cancer, the likelihood that they have been exposed to asbestos at some time in their life is extremely high.
Cases have come to light of office workers who spent years collecting documents from storage rooms which housed boilers lagged with asbestos, and the dust which covered the boxes contained the cancer-inducing fibres. Teachers are also being diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases after years of working in classrooms where wall and ceiling panels contained the flame-retardant material.
When thinking about mesothelioma, we usually imagine that the sufferer will have worked in construction, engineering or ship building, but more and more cases are coming to light of people exposed in very different environments.
Seth Lovis & Co compensation solicitors for mesothelioma sufferers
If you, or a loved one, have received a diagnosis of mesothelioma or any asbestos-related disease, it is vital that you contact a personal injury solicitor as soon as possible to discuss your options for making a civil claim.
If you wish to claim compensation for mesothelioma, there is a strict time restriction and the action must be commenced within three years of diagnosis for any chance of success.
The personal injury solicitors at Seth Lovis & Co have many years' experience in this field and offer a nation-wide service for victims of industrial disease. We understand the distressing nature of making such a claim and we offer a very client-focused, sensitive claims service which always takes into account the nature of the claim and the need for timeliness.
To talk to a member of the team about making a compensation claim with Seth Lovis & Co, please call our London offices today on 0808 252 0678 or let us call you back at a convenient time by filling in a few details on our online call back form.