A man who worked as a chemical manager for Ellis & Everand from 1976 to 1998 was diagnosed with mesothelioma in February 2017. He made a witness appeal through his solicitor to urge his former colleagues to come forward with information on how his exposure may have occurred.
The man recalls that shortly after moving to Ellis & Everand’s Billericay base in Essex, alterations were carried out at the office, including moving walls of the existing office and creating three additional offices using a kind of plasterboard that he believes may have contained asbestos in them.
Speaking of his diagnosis, the man said "The disease has already had a significant impact on my day-to-day life and I am concerned about what the future holds for me and my family as my condition inevitably worsens.
The man’s solicitors are particularly keen to speak to his former colleagues that worked with him between 1984 and 1994.
Mesothelioma is a very aggressive form of cancer which most commonly affects the pleura but can also affect the peritoneum. The latency period (time before onset of symptoms) is thought to be around 40 years but can be longer or shorter. In the latter years of the latency period, the victim will have the tumour growing inside them but will be unaware of it’s presence. Once diagnosed, the victim will have a median survival time of 9-12 months.
“Unfortunately, there will be more and more people in this man’s situation who will have received a diagnosis of mesothelioma (a terminal diagnosis) who may be unsure of how or when they were exposed to asbestos. Naturally, they will also be concerned about how their families may be provided for after they have passed away. At Swain & Co we ensure that sufferers of this awful disease spend as much time making memories with their friends and families as they can. We will take control of the legal issues so they do not need to worry about them”.
Johnathan Steventon-Kiy and the Industrial Disease team at Swain & Co Solicitors regularly win compensation for their clients who suffer from industrial diseases, including asbestos related illnesses. If you, a family member or a friend suffer from an industrial disease contact our team today on 02392 483 322.