Can I Claim Compensation for Mesothelioma?
In order to assess your claim for mesothelioma compensation, our specialist workplace cancer lawyers will carry out investigations into the cause of your condition.
What are the Causes of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer that is caused by breathing in asbestos dust. Mesothelioma affects approximately four times as many men as women. This is because in most cases the exposure to asbestos occurred at work in places such as shipyards, building sites, power stations, railway workshops and other factories where men were predominantly employed decades ago.
However, mesothelioma does affect women as well, What’s My Claim Worth has dealt with many claims where women have developed mesothelioma. Although women often did not work directly with asbestos, many washed the work clothes of their husbands and sons and were exposed to asbestos through this. There have also been claims made by people who were exposed to asbestos as children, either by living close to asbestos factories or through the clothes of their fathers returning home from working in industry.
Unlike other asbestos related conditions, mesothelioma can develop even after exposure to relatively low levels of asbestos or where the exposure took place over a relatively short period of time.
Should I be Worried About Developing Mesothelioma?
The most common cause of mesothelioma is asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used by the building trade as an additive to cement, by the car industry in brake shoes and in the engineering industry as lagging for pipes and boilers. If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should consider whether you have been exposed to asbestos during your working life.
The types of workers thought to be at most at risk of developing mesothelioma include boilermakers and laggers, electricians, joiners, carpenters, builders, motor mechanics and pipe fitters.
What are the Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma can develop anywhere between 10 and 40 years, sometimes even longer, after exposure to asbestos. If you feel you have any change in your health as a result of the following symptoms you should seek medical attention:
- Shortness of breath
- Pain in the lower back or side of the chest
- Persistent coughing
- Severe, unexplained weight loss
- Nausea or vomiting
- Swelling of the abdomen
If you feel you have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace and you are suffering from any of the symptoms above then you may be entitled to pursue a claim for mesothelioma compensation.
How much Compensation will I Receive?
Mesothelioma is a very painful condition and there is currently no cure. The level of mesothelioma compensation differs from case to case and really does depend on the severity of symptoms, the length of your period of suffering and your age. Compensation can range from £45,000 to anywhere in excess of £500,000.
If your claim succeeds, you would be able to claim compensation for any loss of earnings, care and assistance provided by family members, travelling expenses and any medical or prescription charges.
Given the complexity of mesothelioma claims you’re going to need experienced lawyers on your side to help. If you’d like to find out more about the level of compensation that you could be entitled to, contact one of our expert mesothelioma solicitors on 0800 025 0000 or use our Claimometer.
Statistics on mesothelioma
Mesothelioma accounts for less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed in the UK.
About 2,400 people die every year of the disease and numbers are set to increase over the next 30 years, with an estimated death toll of between 56,000 and 63,000.
Mesothelioma often takes 40 to 50 years to manifest itself after exposure and most of those being diagnosed are males in their 60s and older.
Mesothelioma is around five times more common in men than in women. In 2011 there were around 2,200 cases in men and around 400 in women.
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We succeeded in a claim for industrial disease compensation on behalf of a widow who sadly lost her husband to asbestos related mesothelioma.