Of all the asbestos-related illnesses that exist, mesothelioma is perhaps the most severe. That is because by the time it is diagnosed it is almost always too far advanced to be successfully treated. It is a cancer of the lining of the lungs and of the lining around part of the digestive tract. It is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. It is almost always fatal. Likewise, if you were looking at head injury advice after being involved in an accident at work that was not your fault, mesothelioma compensation is just as damaging to your health if you have been exposed unknowingly.
People are normally exposed to asbestos through work. Sheets of asbestos can be safe to handle if they remain intact, but if they are drilled or broken up, or if the asbestos is in another form (such as lagging around pipes) the fine particles can very easily enter the lungs and disease develops.
Employers have a duty to protect their workers from harm, in much the same way as they would of someone slipped over in the office and hit their head on loose apparatus causing brain injury, asbestos poisoning is just as dangerous and damaging. Many people work with asbestos and do not develop asbestos-related diseases because their employers have made sure that proper safety measures have been taken and they have been properly trained.
If you have worked with asbestos in the past and were not properly trained or proper measures were not put in place to keep you safe, you could make a claim for compensation if you have suffered any asbestos-related disease (e.g. you could make a claim for asbestosis compensation
If you have received the devastating diagnosis of mesothelioma, it is likely that it has been years, even decades since you were exposed to asbestos. But do not worry about how long it has been since you were exposed, or about whether you can remember the name of the company you worked for. If you choose a good solicitor who specialises in mesothelioma compensation claims they will be able to do some detective work and find out who was responsible for your condition and then advise you about how to make a claim.
If your solicitor advises you that you have a case, you can usually enter a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement with your solicitor so that you do not have to pay their legal fees. Cases like this can take a long time to go through the courts, mainly because expert medical reports are often needed and these can take a long time to prepare and because it can be hard to find witnesses who were around at the time of the asbestos exposure. But a good solicitor will do all the legwork for you and you can concentrate on your health and spending time with your family.
Your solicitor can ask the court to award you some of your compensation early (that is, before the case has finished) if you cannot work and need the money to help you pay your household bills, or if it would help you to get private medical treatment.
Although dealing with your diagnosis and medical treatment will be your first priorities, getting proper compensation for your pain and suffering to help you and your loved ones through this difficult time is important and so seek legal advice as soon as you can.