Mesothelioma is a malignant cancer that affects the lining of the lungs. Less commonly it can affect the lining of the abdomen and heart. When the cancer develops in the chest it occurs in the pleura. This is a thin lining that covers the inside of the rib cage and the outside of the lungs.
What causes Mesothelioma?
Nearly all mesothelioma are caused by exposure to asbestos dust. The disease and symptoms present many years after the asbestos exposure occurred. Asbestos is a fibrous material that was widely used for its fire resistant and insulating properties until the 1980’s. The use of asbestos is now banned in the UK and there are strict guidelines about its removal.
What are the symptoms?
- feeling breathless
- chest pain
- weight loss
- heavy sweating
- loss of appetite
What Mesothelioma compensation & financial assistance is available?
Mesothelioma sufferers may be able to take legal action to claim compensation for exposure to asbestos through the courts – this is a civil claim against a former employer`s insurance company. In addition there are important government benefits available to people who have an asbestos illness. If your former employer is no longer in business or the insurer cannot be found, a civil claim may still be pursued, and government benefits available.
This isn’t about blame or a claims culture. It’s about what is right. You have worked hard all of your life and you are owed financial peace of mind so you can meet your own needs now and prepare for your family’s future.
It is very important to work with a specialist solicitor experienced in mesothelioma cases. We strongly recommend you contact us straight away so that we can give you advice in relation to your individual case. Our solicitors will guide you through the whole process and will always work in your best interests.