Action Mesothelioma Day 2022

Mesothelioma Day 2022
LLB (Hons) Nimish Patel
Written by: Jessica Lee Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) Nimish Patel Updated: In: Industrial Disease

The Action Mesothelioma Day 2022 intends to ‘bring together the mesothelioma community with one voice’.

At AWH Solicitors, we are joining our fellow legal firms at the Action Mesothelioma Day 2022 event hosted by the Greater Manchester Asbestos Victims Support Group (GMAVSG) in Lincoln Square, Manchester, on Friday 1st July 2022.

The event will have speeches by MPs and campaigners, followed by a minute’s silence and a dove release in memory of those who’ve died.

Action Mesothelioma Day 2022 aims to promote the Mesothelioma Patient Charter to healthcare providers, government, and employers, in the hope that more patients can be supported after a diagnosis.

Additionally, this year, for Action Mesothelioma Day, landmarks and homes across the UK will light up blue to put a spotlight on mesothelioma.

Specialist Industrial Disease Solicitor, Nimish Patel Comments:

“Every year there are still 2,700 reported cases of malignant mesothelioma and nine out of ten cases are linked to exposure to asbestos which may have been   40 or 50 years ago.

In my experience, cases in relation to exposure to asbestos may have been in relation to consistent exposure on a daily basis as a lagger or a boiler man where the Claimant may report finishing work looking like a snowman as they were covered head to foot with the asbestos.  Alternatively, they may have had short-term or occasional exposure of working in an environment where lots of asbestos has been cut within factories or shopfitting and the Claimant has seen the white dust in the sunlight for a few hours a day, not working directly with the asbestos but close by.

The effects of the asbestos exposure may not become obvious for years and then suddenly the Claimant may notice a reduction in their ability to breathe, a sudden loss in weight and appetite, feeling tired and coughing constantly.  Most people think that the symptoms are something unusual, but they may put it down to age or other breathing conditions that they already have like   Lung cancer or COPD/emphysema etc.  When they have a CT scan, it is possible to see where the asbestos has gathered into large bodies around the lungs and unfortunately, they do not survive long after diagnosis.

I have had clients who have passed away within a few days or months of diagnosis and those who have lasted longer have needed around-the-clock care before they passed away.  I have sat with clients to obtain a statement on their work history, most importantly where they worked, how long they worked with asbestos and how close they were to the actual asbestos in order to obtain the vital information as early as possible, particularly as frequently they will no longer be in touch with people that they have worked with.  The first port of call is to put them in touch with local Asbestos  Victims Support Groups such as Greater Manchester Asbestos Victim Support Group, who will put them in touch with other victims and support them with benefit applications as well as advice as to how to make their lives more comfortable.

We can bring claims against companies that no longer exist as we bring the claim against the insurance company, and we can bring the claim on behalf of the estate of the Claimant if they pass away especially if we have a signed statement in place.”

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some of the body’s organs. It is more commonly the result of exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma predominantly affects the lining of the lungs – known as pleural mesothelioma), but it can also affect the lining of the stomach (peritoneal mesothelioma), heart or testicles. More than 2,700 people are diagnosed with the condition each year in the UK. 60% of diagnosed individuals die within a year and fewer than 10% of people survive beyond 3 years in the UK. Most cases are diagnosed in people aged 60-80, and men are affected more commonly than women – most likely because of the kind of jobs that they worked before retirement.

Asbestos is still in around 85% of schools, 90% of hospitals and other public and private buildings. As a result, the number of cases of asbestosis has increased substantially over the long term from 132 in 1978 to 905 in 2019.

Read more on our mesothelioma compensation page

How Can Our Mesothelioma Solicitors Help?

At AWH, our experienced mesothelioma solicitors can assist you to make a claim on behalf of yourself or a close relative who has recently passed away from mesothelioma. Your designated mesothelioma solicitor will provide compassionate and dedicated legal guidance, making sure that sufferers and their families are fully compensated for the impact of mesothelioma. Our mesothelioma solicitors help families with claiming for:

  • The mental anguish from the loss of friendship, comfort, and support.
  • The expected loss of income from losing your loved one.
  • The expected loss of protection, care, and assistance.
  • Any medical treatment and care for the person who has sadly passed away.

It’s common for a mesothelioma diagnosis to come in the latter stages of the disease. As a result, many sufferers choose not to pursue mesothelioma claims, over concerns that the process will take too long. However, it is important to note that claims for mesothelioma sufferers are usually fast-tracked through the courts. Our mesothelioma solicitors will work hard to build and pursue your compensation claim as quickly as possible, allowing you to access the financial support you require quickly.

We recently settled a mesothelioma case for the family of a man who worked in television and film in the 70s and 80s. Our expert Industrial Disease Solicitor, Nimish Patel, handled the case throughout and with his legal guidance and representation, the family received £300,000 in compensation.

Get in touch today to learn more about how we could help you with a mesothelioma claim if you have experienced something similar.

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