Mesothelioma is also known as asbestos-related cancer and occurs when asbestos fibres are inhaled. It may initially manifest itself decades after exposure and usually begins with respiratory problems or asbestosis. As there is no method of removing the fibres from the body once inhaled, they can cause this rare type of cancer so it is wise to see your GP if you are likely to have been exposed in the past. The substance was often used as pipe lagging and insulation in homes but it was also found in ships, mines and in factories. Even a small amount of exposure can cause respiratory difficulties so you may have been exposed if you were in contact with equipment or clothing which may have been near the substance.
Recently there were two compensation claims made to Flintshire Council in Wales regarding illness caused by asbestos exposure. However, the council workers were exposed to the fibres many years before when they worked for Clwyd County Council. If you are thinking of making a claim for mesothelioma in Wales or in your home town, you may need to obtain some legal representation.
Making an illness claim
Mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses are often caused by exposure in a workplace. However, it may have been due to insulation in an old home you lived in or you may have been exposed to fibres released into the air. If your health was put at risk and you are now suffering from asbestosis or mesothelioma, you may be entitled to compensation. As these illnesses can be debilitating, you may need to ask a family member to help with making your claim. Contact Accident Advice Helpline if you are suffering from mesothelioma in Wales or as a result of exposure in another region.
How we can assist
At Accident Advice Helpline, we provide assistance to everyone who wishes to contact us, and offer no-obligation advice regarding your case. We understand that this may be a difficult time for you and your family therefore we will provide you with sympathetic advice and a representative to help increase your chances of winning your case. Contact us via our website and we will get in touch with you or give us a call on our free helpline on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your claim.
Date Published: February 6, 2015
Author: David Brown