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Man dies following link to asbestos when playing football as a child

Man dies following link to asbestos when playing football as a child.

A man has passed away from mesothelioma having never knowingly come into contact with asbestos.

An inquest into the man’s death has confirmed that whilst most victims of mesothelioma have come into contact with asbestos at some time in their lives, the man had no working association with asbestos.

As a child, the man regularly played football in a field which was close to an asbestos factory.  The field was located close to the former Fibrecrete factory at Chalford, Stroud.  The factory had been associated with many asbestos related deaths of former workers with ten inquests on the last decade taking place for former Fibrecrete workers killed by mesothelioma.

During the inquest, the coroner said “although the condition, mesothelioma is mostly associated with asbestos exposure, we have no evidence to suggest he was exposed during work and therefore I cannot record industrial disease… this is the first case of this kind I have known where the exposure is attributed to playing in the vicinity of a factory during childhood.”  As a result, the coroner was forced to conclude to find a conclusion of natural causes.

The coroner also added “this is the first case I have known of someone dying after being exposed from being in the vicinity of the factory rather than working in the factory and there is no evidence in front of me to suggest that there is an ongoing risk.”

Mesothelioma is a very aggressive form of Cancer which most commonly affects the pleura but can also affect peritoneum.

The Latency period (time before onset of symptoms) is thought to be around 40 years but can be longer or shorter. In the later years of the latency period, the victim will have the tumour growing inside them but will be unaware of its presence. Once diagnosed the victim will have median survival time of 9-12 months.

Johnathan Steventon-Kiy, specialist Industrial Disease, Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Lawyer says,

This is a rare and tragic case of man who, on the balance of probabilities, lost his life due to asbestos related disease.  Mesothelioma is invariably caused by exposure to asbestos and therefore it is highly likely that some atmospheric exposure took place at some point during the man’s childhood.  Due to the nature of not knowing where the exposure came from or who was responsible for the exposure, a claim for compensation is unlikely to be possible.  However, this serves to remind us of how dangerous asbestos is even to those how are not knowingly exposed to it.”

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.


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