Most people are now aware that asbestos is potentially dangerous. When inhaled the fibres get stuck in the lungs and cannot be expelled. Over the course of many years they can trigger mesothelioma, a form of cancer that is not able to be treated or cured. This form of cancer is directly associated with asbestos exposure.
Teachers exposed to asbestos may therefore work many years being exposed to it without even realising. Decades ago asbestos was used in many places and was hailed as a versatile building material. It is only recently that it has become obvious that it is in fact potentially deadly. As such, a series of compensation claims has been made by teachers exposed to asbestos (not to mention other workers in similar locations) who have been diagnosed with this cancer since those years.
Does this constitute negligence?
In this case a diagnosis of mesothelioma will usually be linked to a particular workplace in the past. The teacher or other individual may have known the school they worked in used asbestos in its construction. If they believe they were exposed to it, research will likely show it was used in one or more buildings the teacher worked in. Even though no one knew its dangers at the time, this would still very likely qualify someone to receive compensation due to the severity of the illness, not to mention the presence of it in their workplace.
Accident Advice Helpline is one of many similar companies who have handled mesothelioma cases over the years. If we are able to help someone live a more comfortable life through winning compensation for them in these circumstances, it is a good thing to do.
Does everyone exposed to asbestos contract mesothelioma?
It may not happen in every case. In some cases it can take decades for the illness to become apparent. Others may not have been exposed to enough asbestos to make a difference in this crucial area.
As you can see there is a lot to be aware of here. However one thing should always be remembered – if you have had a diagnosis like this, you should see if the team at Accident Advice Helpline can help in any way. All you have to do is call 0800 689 0500 to find out whether a compensation claim could be launched via our no win, no fee* claims procedure.
Date Published: June 12, 2015
Author: David Brown