Don’t Let the Dust Settle Mesothelioma Campaign

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Don’t Let the Dust Settle Mesothelioma Campaign
LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott
Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) & LPC Stacy Pimlott In: Industrial Disease

Although the use of asbestos is luckily a thing of the past, many are still suffering from exposure. Therefore, AWH Solicitors are in support of Mesothelioma UK’s Don’t Let the Dust Settle campaign.

Asbestos was used from the 1950s to the mid-1980s. Although the supply and use of asbestos was banned in 1999, it is still present in many buildings built before 2000.

As many as 1.5 million UK buildings may contain the life-threatening material. This includes public buildings such as schools and hospitals. As these buildings age, they are at an increased chance of emitting harmful asbestos dust and fibres.

Each year, as many as 2,700 people in the UK are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a form of cancer predominantly caused by exposure to asbestos. As a result, this means most cases of mesothelioma could have been avoided by not coming into contact with asbestos. Mesothelioma UK state that 94% of cases are preventable.

Mesothelioma UK states that: “Up to 60% of people die in the first year after mesothelioma diagnosis”.

Don’t Let the Dust Settle Mesothelioma Campaign

Mesothelioma UK has created the ‘Don’t Let the Dust Settle’ campaign to increase awareness and get the government to take this public health threat more seriously.

Based on recommendations made last year by the Work and Pensions Committee, Mesothelioma UK are asking the government for a central register so that we can know where all asbestos is and what condition it is in. As it stands there is 6M tonnes of asbestos in the UK. This includes 1.5M buildings, including schools and hospitals.

Mesothelioma UK is also asking for a set timeframe for the safe removal of asbestos. They ask that the government prioritises high-risk settings such as schools and hospitals.

Furthermore, a government petition has been made by Mesothelioma UK for a central register of asbestos and phased removal of asbestos from all buildings. You can sign the petition here.

What Can Be Done to Reduce Mesothelioma Cases in the UK?

Mesothelioma UK is calling on the government to commit to a programme of phased removal. Therefore, they are asking those concerned with mesothelioma in the UK to help.

You can help by:

Mesothelioma Compensation Claims

If your mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos because of your workplace or the nature of work you were doing for your employer, you can seek compensation.

We offer No Win No Fee agreements to all clients who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and will not charge any additional fees meaning you’ll get to keep 100% of your compensation. This is due to the fact that in 2012, the UK government decided that mesothelioma is so serious that the normal No Win No Fee rules shouldn’t apply.

Whether you are a person who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma or a close relative of someone who has recently passed away from mesothelioma, our industrial disease solicitors can help you make a compensation claim.

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