Mesothelioma is typically an asbestos-related disease and those suffering from it as a result of negligent exposure to asbestos at work may be able to claim compensation through a legal claim.
Exposure to asbestos is a major problem in the UK with more people dying each year from exposure to asbestos than from road traffic accidents. Exposure to asbestos can lead to mesothelioma, an aggressive form of cancer. Of the approximately 2,700 people diagnosed with mesothelioma each year in the UK, less than 10% live beyond three years.
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, Wilkin Chapman’s team of legal experts can help you recover compensation so you can access the support you need.
What is mesothelioma?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fiber that was widely used in the UK construction industry from the 1950s to the late 1990s, before the dangers were widely known.
Mesothelioma is a disease that can often be caused by exposure to asbestos that affects the mesothelium, a thin membrane lining the chest wall and abdomen. It has a long latency period, meaning most people who are diagnosed with the disease are over 60 years old.
Ruth Craven, Senior Solicitor at Wilkin Chapman Solicitors (Image: Wilkin Chapman) Who can be exposed to asbestos?
Maritime, steel and construction workers have traditionally been most at risk from asbestos. However, as asbestos was not banned in the UK until 1999, it can still be found on buildings across the country, both domestic and non-domestic.
Public sector workers, including teachers and nurses, have been exposed to asbestos fibers due to their prevalence in many public buildings.
How can Wilkin Chapman help?
Unfortunately, compensation cannot reverse the devastating effects of an asbestos-related disease like mesothelioma, but it can help patients and their families deal with the various challenges that a diagnosis can present.
Due to the aggressive nature of the disease, there are special court rules that apply only to mesothelioma claimants. It is a specialized area of law and Wilkin Chapman Solicitors are well placed to handle complex cases thanks to their experience and contacts with other professionals including medical experts, engineers and lawyers who are at the forefront of this field.
If you would like more information please contact Ruth Craven on 0800 012 1113 or visit the Wilkin Chapman Solicitors website here.
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