Best Mesothelioma Legal Advice UK/USA
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. It is commonly caused by exposure to asbestos at work. It is often referred to simply as ‘meso’.
The cancer affects the mesothelial cells, which cover the outer surface of the body’s internal organs, and mesothelioma can be found on the abdomen, the lungs and the heart.
It is considered a terminal illness, and many victims only have a short time to live.
If you have mesothelioma, it may be possible for you to claim compensation.
1: What types of mesothelioma are there?
There are two main types of mesothelioma, known as peritoneal mesothelioma and pleural mesothelioma.
Peritoneal mesothelioma is the less common of the two, and is caused by exposure to asbestos. A tumour develops on the lining of the abdomen (the peritoneum) preventing it from working properly by lubricating the organs within the abdomen.
The more common form of mesothelioma, pleural, is where asbestos fibres have been inhaled into the lungs, and where a tumour then grows on the lining of them (the pleura). This causes breathing to be difficult and painful.
2: What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to and inhalation of asbestos dust.
Statistically, mesothelioma affects four times as many men as women, usually because the exposure to asbestos occurred at workplaces such as factories, building sites and shipyards, which mainly hired men years ago.
3: Which professions are most at risk from mesothelioma?
Many people who are diagnosed with mesothelioma will have been exposed to asbestos years ago.
There are a number of professions that are more commonly found to be susceptible to mesothelioma than others.
These include boilermakers and laggers, as many boilers used to have asbestos insulation. The likes of electricians, joiners, carpenters and builders are also frequently affected, due to the asbestos exposure which their work often allowed.
4: How can I claim compensation?
The law surrounding claims for mesothelioma is quite complex.
However, you may be entitled, depending on the circumstances, to compensation under UK legislation called the Pneumoconiosis Act 1979, and possibly a scheme which started in 2008 to compensate sufferers and their families/dependents. There also exists a compensation scheme called the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS). You could be able to claim up to £123,000.
In the United States, the rules are different, and you are best placed to seek expert legal advice.
5: What should I do next?
If you think you may be entitled to claim mesothelioma compensation, it is important to seek professional legal advice. The law and processes surrounding such claims are complicated, and it will be necessary to have expert legal representation in order to obtain the best possible result in your case.
If you have further questions or queries, or need further advice, please contact the site’s editor, Gavin Ward, who will be pleased to help you. You can contact Gavin via the contact form, or by email.