Here you can read information about Mesothelioma, a type of cancer which usually affects the lining or “pleura” of the lungs.
You can learn all about the condition, who is at risk and what action you can take if you feel you are at risk.
In most cases, mesothelioma is caused by to exposure to asbestos fibres at work. These are usually found in the workplace but can also be transmitted indirectly through secondary asbestos exposure.
There have been some recorded cases of young children who were exposed to asbestos and then developed mesothelioma as adults. In most cases this is because a family member who played with their children (often on return from work) was unknowingly contaminated with asbestos dust.
As asbestos is primarily used for building and insulation materials, there have also been mesothelioma cases linked to buildings that contain high levels of asbestos – especially if the building was partially damaged.
In mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure, it is primarily the lungs but also the digestive tracts that are at risk. The disease can take a long time to develop, usually decades rather than years, and can affect people of all ages.
Mesothelioma is a difficult cancer to treat, and can deteriorate quickly once a tumour has developed.Read our guide about symptoms of mesothelioma to understand how the illness can affect someone’s breathing, mobility and lead to chronic pain and fatigue.
Cancer awareness charities are keen to point out that there is treatment available for people suffering from mesothelioma.
Although there is no ‘cure’ , high quality medical care can prolong the lifespan of people living with the illness. There are many lifestyle adjustments and complementary therapies that can help relieve many of the negative symptoms. Our guide about treatments for mesothelioma gives an overview of the most common methods used in fighting mesothelioma, and can help you identify positive ways of managing your illness.
Accessing high quality care for such a complex illness can be helped by claiming for compensation. Often mesothelioma is caused by direct negligence on the part of employers or landlords. An asbestos claim can help you gain compensation for your injuries, both in terms of your current suffering and future health care needs.
Macks Solicitors offer compassionate support for victims of mesothelioma. We understand the frustrations and heartache that the illness can cause and will listen carefully to the detais of your case. Our team of expert solicitors will support your claim for Mesothelioma and fight to help you win maximum compensation for your injuries.
In March 2011 the Supreme Court delivered a ruling with important implications for the victims of mesothelioma; particularly for those claimants who were exposed to relatively low levels of asbestos dust. Mesothelioma is a disease which causes malignant cancer cells to form within the lining of the chest, abdomen, or around the heart. In the [...]
The families of two women who both died as a result of Malignant Mesothelioma have won their claims for compensation after the Supreme Court ruled in their favour in March 2011. Mrs Wilmore was exposed to asbestos whilst a pupil at school and died from Mesothelioma in 2009 aged 49. Mrs Costello also suffered malignant [...]
Compensation may be available for individuals who have been exposed to asbestos in the past. The fibrous particles of asbestos can cause debilitating diseases like mesothelioma, which affects the protective layer around the lungs. A diagnosis may be decades after the exposure and can be completely devastating to a family.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which affects both the lining of the lungs (the pleura) and the lower digestive tract (the peritoneum)
Mesothelioma was previously thought to be rare, but in recent decades there has been a dramatic increase in the number of reported cases.