Mesothelioma Claims

Mesothelioma Claims

 What is Mesothelioma?


Introduction to Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer which is caused by exposure to asbestos and is most commonly contracted due to exposure to asbestos at work.  Mesothelioma is often known by the term 'Meso', a shortened version of the full name.

The name 'Mesothelioma' comes from the fact that the cells affected by this cancer are the mesothelial cells which cover the outer surface of the body's internal organs.  Mesothelioma can be found on the lungs, the heart or the abdomen.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma and after diagnosis victims may only have a short time to live.  It will usually be investigated whether surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy would be worthwhile; however, mesothelioma is considered to be a terminal illness.

If you have contracted mesothelioma, you may be entitled to make a mesothelioma claim and should consult a mesothelioma solicitor.
 
Types of Mesothelioma

Pleural Mesothelioma and Peritoneal Mesothelioma

There are two main types of mesothelioma, called Pleural Mesothelioma and Peritoneal Mesothelioma.

Pleural Mesothelioma

Pleural Mesothelioma is the most common and is caused by inhaling asbestos fibres into the lungs. A tumour forms on the lining (pleura) of the lungs, which makes breathing difficult and painful.  The majority of mesothelioma claims we deal with are for Pleural Mesothelioma.

Peritoneal Mesothelioma

Peritoneal Mesothelioma is less common but is also caused by exposure to asbestos. A tumour then develops on the lining of the abdomen (peritoneum) which prevents it from working properly to lubricate the organs inside the abdomen.  Although Peritoneal Mesothelioma is less common we have still dealt with mesothelioma claims for this disease.
 
How is Mesothelioma Contracted?

Causes of Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is caused by breathing in asbestos dust. Mesothelioma affects approximately four times as many men as women. This is because in most cases the exposure to asbestos occurred at work in places such as shipyards, building sites, power stations, railway workshops and other factories where predominantly men were employed decades ago.

Unlike other asbestos related conditions, mesothelioma can develop even after exposure to relatively low levels of asbestos or where the exposure took place over a relatively short period of time.

Many women who have developed mesothelioma have contracted it after contact with the work clothes and overalls belonging to their male relatives although some were directly exposed at work or by living close by to a factory which released asbestos fibres into the surrounding environment.
 
Workers most at risk from developing Mesothelioma

Professions where asbestos was commonplace

At Thompsons Solicitors, we have helped many victims of asbestos to make mesothelioma claims.  Due to the fact that we have dealt with so many of these mesothelioma claims we have seen a pattern develop showing the workers most at risk from developing mesothelioma and some of these are listed below.

Boilermakers and Laggers - It was commonplace for boilers to be insulated with asbestos lagging. Boilermakers also work alongside the contractors (laggers) who install and renew asbestos boiler insulation. This type of work has put boilermakers and laggers at a particularly high risk of developing mesothelioma.

Electricians - are at risk of developing mesothelioma because they also worked alongside laggers. Electricians also often have to cut or drill through asbestos insulation to install cable trays, instruments, switches and wiring systems.

Joiners and Carpenters and Builders - are also at risk of developing mesothelioma as a result of sawing, drilling and fixing or replacing asbestos cement board often used in partition walls, suspended ceilings, flooring, roof tiles and thermal insulation.

Motor Mechanics - may have been exposed to asbestos as it was frequently used in brake pads and clutches.  This has put some Motor Mechanics at risk of developing mesothelioma.

Pipe Fitters and Plumbers - install, maintain and repair pipes, boilers and heating systems. The nature of their work means that they have to cut or drill through walls as well as cutting and assembling sections of pipe, removing and replacing damaged sections of pipe, valve and flanges etc. All of these tasks put them at risk of developing mesothelioma as pipes frequently used to be covered with asbestos lagging. As the pipes were cut, fibres from the asbestos lagging were released into the air and inhaled by the pipefitter or plumber.

Victims of mesothelioma are certainly not limited to the professions mentioned above. Our specialist mesothelioma solicitors / lawyers have helped victims of this asbestos related disease with their mesothelioma claims who have worked in many other professions including fire fighters, teachers, police officers, managers and a professor.
 
What is asbestos?

How asbestos was used

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral and its name is derived from a Greek word meaning inextinguishable.  It was mined and used by the Ancient Greeks and the Romans then became increasingly popular during the 19th century.

Due to its resistance to heat, electricity and chemical damage, together with its ability to absorb sound, asbestos was commonly used by the building trade as an additive to cement, by the car industry as brake shoes and in the engineering industry as a lagging for pipes and boilers.

Asbestos was used heavily after the Second World War in 1945 and was not completely banned from use in the UK until 1999.
 
Examples of Mesothelioma Compensation Claims we have dealt with

Successful Mesothelioma Compensation Claims dealt with by Thompsons

Over the years, Thompsons Solicitors have successfully recovered compensation for many thousands of mesothelioma sufferers and their families.

Below you will find links to a few of some of the most recent mesothelioma claims we have dealt with.

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