Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that develops from cells of the protective lining that covers most of the internal organs called mesothelium. This form of cancer usually attacks the outer lining of the lungs, but it can also be found in the lining of the abdominal cavity and sac that surround the heart.
The largest cause of mesothelioma is from exposure to asbestos, most commonly it affects individuals who have worked in environments where they have inhaled or ingested the fibres. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of Breath
- Chest Pains
- Weight Loss
There is a long time gap between when someone is exposed to asbestos and when mesothelioma develops, ranging from 12-15 years to 60-70 years. However, typically the gap is around 30-40 years.
The amount of exposure to asbestos required for mesothelioma to develop is not known, but medical science has not ruled out that very low levels of exposure can cause the disease.
Mesothelioma can result from exposure to blue or brown asbestos. White asbestos is less dangerous than these two types, but there is a lot of evidence which indicates that it can cause mesothelioma.
It is often misunderstood that compensation isn’t available for mesothelioma if:
- the company which exposed them to asbestos no longer exists;
- they did not work with asbestos directly, but only near others who did;
- their exposure to asbestos happened tens of years ago; and/or
- at the time of exposure to asbestos no-one knew that it was dangerous
In fact, cases in which claimants initially say these types of things often succeed.
If you think you have a mesothelioma claim, contact Michael Osborne for expert advice today. We are happy to visit you at home if you cannot travel to one of our offices.