What do you need to know about Mesothelioma – a deadly disease?
Asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral, which is made up of incredibly small fibres that can be excessively harmful to the human body when inhaled was popularly used in walls and ceilings from the end of the 19th century. Although it was seen as a very useful component, it carried dangerous side effects for the workers. Due to the presence of useful qualities, asbestos was extensively utilized in the construction, shipbuilding, and aircraft industries and factories prior to its ban. The workers, who were exposed to asbestos particles, were in reality being exposed to a form of cancer known as Mesothelioma, which has no known treatment until date. The disease takes up to 10-40 years to show its ugly head and most patients are in their last stages, when they are stated as Mesothelioma patients. Mesothelioma attacks the lining, which protects the internal organs of a human body, particularly the pleural (the outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart). Although, this deadly disease is a rare form of cancer, however around 1,000 Britons are annually recorded for suffering Mesothelioma. Symptoms such as short breath, loss in appetite, and discomfort in the abdomen are some of the most common signs of the disease. Although the disease is not curable, early detection of the disease can help a patient, which is why it is important that an individual’s GP should know if they have been exposed to asbestos in the past. It can also include secondary means of exposure, which means washing the clothes of a worker, who was exposed to asbestos.
If a person suffer from Mesothelioma, it can be very difficult time for the patient and the family, however, there are legal foundations set on place to relieve the patient and his/her loved one from the distress. It is important that a person suffering from Mesothelioma, claim compensation in order to bring the company responsible for his disease to book. The company may have gone out of business or the worker may not work for them anymore but the claim can still be made. Turner White Solicitors can help you to claim compensation for your industrial disease, and deal your case with utmost respect and compassion.
In any case, if you want more information about Mesothelioma or asbestos-related disease, please visit our industrial disease page or contact us and we can provide you a detailed information about all types of industrial disease claims prevalent in the UK.