Mesothelioma is a lung cancer which involves damage to the plural lining. A major cause of mesothelioma is asbestos exposure. Unmanaged handling of asbestos-containing materials releases asbestos fibers and particles into the air. Working in asbestos-containing environment for any period of time, or direct inhaling asbestos fibers, can lead to mesothelioma. It can take decades for exposed people to develop symptoms of mesothelioma. If you have diagnosed with mesothelioma which occurred due to asbestos exposure in the workplace, then you are entitled to claim compensation against the relevant employer.
If your employer cannot ensure your safety in the workplace and this led to you developing serious mesothelioma, then start your claim by consulting Clearwater Solicitors. Contact us on 08000 430 430 or complete our online enquiry form to a request call back.
Mesothelioma is rarely occurring but severely damaging type of cancer that results from exposure to asbestos. It is also the most dangerous illness of all types of asbestos-related diseases. It affects the membrane lining of the lungs and abdomen. Mesothelioma grows very quickly, so it is very difficult to diagnose it at early stages. Unfortunately, late diagnoses do not allow for effective treatment to proceed.
Cause of Mesothelioma
Most of the time, mesothelioma is caused by asbestos exposure. Asbestos exposure is a leading factor in workplace serious diseases claims. Asbestos exposure results in plural diseases, lung cancer, asbestosis and mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is the most dangerous of all diseases caused by asbestos exposure. The inhalation of very small fibers of asbestos can lead to this disease. Asbestos particles present in the human body bring very slow biological changes, which ultimately result in inflammation and tissue damage to the lungs. Mesothelioma damages the lining of lungs called pleura. Biological damage frequently occurs between 15-50 years after the initial exposure.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Symptoms of mesothelioma appear from 20-50 years after the asbestos exposure. Different symptoms of mesothelioma are:
- Chest pain,
- Breathing difficulties,
- Blood clotting disorder,
- Weight loss,
- Appetite loss,
- Chronic pain,
- Cough and fever.
Occupations with High Risk of Mesothelioma
Different occupations with high potential risk of mesothelioma are;
- Construction works,
- Shipyard works,
- Painters, carpenters,
- Mining works,
- Metal works,
- Engineering works,
Treatment of Mesothelioma
Different treatment methods to cure mesothelioma are:
Surgery is one method to treat lung cancer or mesothelioma. About one in five patients undergo surgery treatment. There are two types of surgeries – in type one, surgeons removes the maximum amount of tumor from around the lung. In type two, the surgeon removes the lung itself from the patient.
Chemotherapy is a treatment of cancer that is carried out with the help of chemicals. It is called systematic therapy, in which medicines are used to kill cancer cells from the patient’s body. This therapy can be used before and after surgery, or if the patient can’t undergo surgery, chemotherapy can be used in isolation.
Radiation therapy or radiotherapy is also a very important method for the treatment of mesothelioma. A newer technology called intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) can accurately target the infected area of cancer cells without harming nearby healthy tissue.
Ensuring the health and safety of employees is the legal duty of employers. It is the responsibility of employers to keep their workplace safe and free from potential asbestos exposure. If employer negligence results in people developing asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma in any worker, the employer would be held liable in a compensation claim. If you are affected by mesothelioma because of your present or past employer’s negligence, then you can make a claim.
Symptoms of mesothelioma appear decades after the initial asbestos exposure, so it is not very simple to make mesothelioma claims without receiving consultation from an expert solicitor. We have expert industrial disease solicitors who can guide you through your mesothelioma claim. If the responsible company is no longer in an active state, then we will make it possible for you to find your past company and their insurers. We ensure you will collect the maximum compensation amount in the minimum amount of time, so you can cover all your financial losses, pain and suffering.