While some people have heard of mesothelioma, many people have not. However, almost everyone has surely heard about asbestos. This is a material that was used in many building applications many years ago. In fact it was once touted as a miracle material that was practical, easy to use and ideal for many different purposes.
Things have changed though, and with time we now realise just how dangerous asbestos can actually be. Today it is still present in many buildings but there are strict laws surrounding its position and how it should be monitored for safety. If it has to be removed it must be done by experienced workers who have the right protective equipment on to ensure they do not breathe in any of the asbestos fibres that could be present on the site.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer. It is caused specifically by being exposed to asbestos. Even though there are laws in force now that prohibit the use of asbestos, this was not the case many years ago. Since it can take several decades for mesothelioma to develop, no one knew of the dangers when it was commonly in use years ago.
The asbestos fibres can be breathed in and they lodge in the lungs. Over several decades this leads to cancer developing. There is no cure for this disease but it can be managed as best as possible to ensure the person can live a reasonable life for the time they have left.
Are you able to claim mesothelioma compensation?
Many people who were exposed to asbestos and have since been diagnosed with mesothelioma were able to claim mesothelioma compensation as a result. Typically speaking, these individuals would seek out the help of a lawyer so they could win compensation to help them make the most of the life they had left. Mesothelioma does after all lead to a shortened life span and, since there is no cure, it is regarded as a terminal illness.
Does this sound familiar to you? Have you just been on the receiving end of a diagnosis for mesothelioma? Make sure your next phone call is to Accident Advice Helpline. If you can 0800 689 0500 (totally free) you can speak with an advisor about the possibility of getting compensation for your illness. You have a chance to win a sum of money if you do.