Action Mesothelioma Day


Every year on the first Friday in July, it is Action Mesothelioma Day. This year, it falls on the 3 July, and today many across the nation are championing the cause. It is vital to raise awareness of the devastating effects of mesothelioma, a tumour of the lining of the lungs caused by inhalation of asbestos dust many years previously. There are treatments and some mesotheliomas are operable, but there is no known cure for the disease. Action Mesothelioma Day is all about raising funds both to provide practical support to victims and their families, but also to sponsor much needed medical research.

Asbestos Mesothelioma Lungs

What's Happening?

Across the country there are gatherings being arranged to remember those who have suffered or died because of the asbestos related illness. Mesothelioma is considered a work related illness, or 'industrial disease'.

However, anyone exposed to asbestos can develop the condition. For example, wives of those who worked with asbestos sometimes developed mesothelioma after washing their husband's clothes.

There is also an action mesothelioma charter, which is available here. The aim of the charter is to demonstrate what sufferers and families should be able to expect from medical and legal experts, as well as the state as a whole. It also calls upon the government, the health and safety executive, and importantly, employers, to do more.

What can Sufferers and their Families do?

Mesothelioma can take between 30-50 years to develop, and so by the time that symptoms are noticed, the patient' s memory about the circumstances of their exposure to asbestos may have faded and / or the employer or organisation responsible for causing the asbestos exposure may well no longer exist, or their insurers may have ceased trading or be untraceable. This is why we believe that the charters reference to having "…legal advice and guidance from a firm of solicitors experienced in mesothelioma claims" is of importance.

When someone is diagnosed with mesothelioma (or indeed any asbestos illness) the treating doctors usually recommend that independent legal advice is sought as soon as possible. It is best practice for the medical advisors to make this recommendation. This is important since at the point of diagnosis the 3 year limitation period will begin to run meaning that Court proceedings must be issued within that time.

The detective work involved in piecing together a work history running back over 50 years and identifying the legal identity of their successors in title and their insurers is a skilled job and can take time, so it is important not to wait before contacting a solicitor.

If it is impossible to trace the company and/or their insurer, a solicitor can advise you on what your options are next. For example, in situations like this, the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme is available and the first payments under the scheme are now being made.

Events such as Action Mesothelioma Day are vital in raising funds and bringing together groups who campaign for victims of asbestos and their families and we urge our readers to support this worthy cause.

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