Action Mesothelioma Day 2023

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LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott
Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott In: Industrial Disease

Action Mesothelioma Day 2023

AWH is supporting this year’s Action Mesothelioma Day 2023 on July 7th. This year’s national Go Blue for Meso is dedicated to increasing awareness about asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, and the associated risks of asbestos exposure. In addition, the campaign invites supporters to participate by illuminating your home or reaching out to a prominent landmark in your local community and urging them to light up in blue on this significant day.

Action Mesothelioma Day 2023 brings together survivors, caregivers, and loved ones, allowing them to stand in solidarity and pay tribute to those impacted by this rare disease.

What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma, an incurable form of lung cancer, is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. Despite the ban on asbestos in the UK since 1999, the year 2020 witnessed 2,544 deaths attributed to mesothelioma. This significant number highlights the delayed onset of the disease, which typically takes several decades to manifest following exposure.

Each year in the UK, over 2,700 individuals receive a diagnosis of this condition. Approximately 60% of those diagnosed pass away within a year, and fewer than 10% manage to survive beyond three years. Most cases are identified in individuals aged 60 to 80, with men being more frequently affected than women, likely due to the nature of their pre-retirement occupations.

Alarmingly, asbestos remains present in approximately 85% of schools, 90% of hospitals, and various other public and private buildings. Consequently, there has been a significant long-term increase in the number of asbestosis cases, rising from 132 in 1978 to 905 in 2019.

Read more on our mesothelioma compensation page

Cape Must Pay! Campaign

The Asbestos Victim Groups Forum UK hopes to bring further awareness and exposure to mesothelioma.

The Asbestos Victims Support Groups Forum UK, in collaboration with esteemed medical experts from around the world, will be engaging in a meeting with Cape to request a £10 million contribution towards medical research. As a gesture of goodwill, we have decided to defer our scheduled protests outside Cape’s Warrington and Rotherham offices, which were planned for 19th April 2023, until the results of the meeting are known.

During the period spanning from the 1950s to the 1980s, Cape emerged as one of the prominent manufacturers of asbestos products in the UK. However, a significant legal case in 2019 brought to light compelling evidence that Cape deliberately concealed information about the life-threatening risks associated with their asbestos products, starting from the 1960s. Following this legal victory, our relentless campaign seeks reparations from Cape in the form of a £10 million donation to mesothelioma research.

Nevyn Stevenson, representing AVSGF, stated, “Cape profited from the sale of its asbestos products, despite knowing the dangers their products caused. Many died as a result. It is only right that they put right some of the wrong they have done.”

So far the government has severely been underfunding research efforts for finding a cure to developing life-extending mesothelioma treatments. A contribution of £10 million from Cape would help address this critical funding gap.

The Cape Must Pay! The campaign has garnered support from MPs across party lines and endorsement from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health and the Trades Union Congress (TUC).

Seeking Mesothelioma Compensation with AWH Solicitors

At AWH, our team of experienced mesothelioma solicitors can help you in making a claim on behalf of yourself or a close relative who has recently succumbed to mesothelioma. Our compassionate solicitors provide personalised legal guidance, ensuring that both sufferers and their families receive full compensation for the impact of this disease. We offer support in various aspects of claiming, including:

  1. Compensation for the emotional distress resulting from the loss of companionship, solace, and support.
  2. Recovery of expected income loss due to the untimely demise of your loved one.
  3. Reimbursement for the expected loss of protection, care, and assistance.
  4. Assistance in obtaining compensation for medical treatments and care provided to the deceased individual.

It is common for mesothelioma diagnoses to occur in the later stages of the disease.

Consequently, many sufferers hesitate to pursue claims, fearing the process will last a long time. However, understanding that the courts typically advance mesothelioma claims is important before persuing your claim. Our mesothelioma solicitors will diligently work to build and pursue your compensation claim, enabling you to access the necessary financial support without undue delay.

Contact us today to discover more about how our services can assist you in making a mesothelioma claim if you have experienced a similar situation.

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