A Coroner’s Court recently heard that a retired carpenter was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma due to his occupational exposure to asbestos decades earlier.
The victim worked as a joiner and used asbestos sheets to make doors for schools and offices. The Court also heard that he worked for a firm refurbishing railway carriages, which involved the removal of asbestos.
The Coroner recorded a conclusion of death from industrial disease.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive, treatment-resistant cancerous tumour which primarily affects the lungs or peritoneum. The mean survival time between diagnosis and death is generally 9-12 months although it can be more or less than this. Asbestos exposure is thought to be the main cause of mesothelioma.
Symptoms often start with a persistent cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, tiredness and unexplained weight loss amongst others. Further studies including chest x-rays and CT scans may indicate that mesothelioma is likely.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma and victims that are diagnosed with this condition are often provided with palliative care only.
Johnathan Steventon-Kiy, a Chartered Legal Executive with Swain & Co Solicitors says,
“Southampton, Portsmouth, Eastleigh and other towns on the South coast have some of the highest mortality rates for asbestos-related disease in the country. This is unfortunately the sad legacy of employers and occupiers turning the other cheek and ignoring decades of clear warnings about the dangers of exposure to asbestos. Sadly, it is often the bereaved families that are left to pick up the pieces.”
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.