New campaign for indirect asbestos victims
Sufferers of a fatal asbestos-related disease who never actually worked with the material have launched a campaign for compensation.
Most of us are aware that exposure to asbestos can cause terminal illness, namely a cancer called mesothelioma. What many people don’t know is that more and more cases are coming to light involving people who never actually worked with the material. They are often women, wives who washed their husband’s clothing that was contaminated with the substance from the workplace.
These victims are covered by neither the workplace’s insurance policies, nor by the government’s compensation scheme, both of which are limited solely to employees exposed to the substance. The campaign hopes to provide equal compensation for those indirect sufferers.
SYMPTOMS OF MESOTHELIOMA
Symptoms of mesothelioma are often hard to identify in its early stages due to the damage not becoming apparent until years or decades later. Below we have identified some of the main symptoms that can be found relating to a mesothelioma claim.
- Pleural Effusion: This is where a build-up of fluid makes it difficult for the lung to expand. This can lead to impaired breathing and chest pain, which can subsequently result in diminished breathing sounds and movement of the chest on the affected side.
- Dyspnoea: Also known as ‘air hunger’, this can be particularly alarming and stressful for sufferers. Pleural effusion is the most common cause of this problem, as breathing can become difficult and laboured, which can result in great discomfort and anxiety.
- Dry cough or wheezing: A persistent, hoarse cough accompanied by wheezing is a common side effect of pleural effusion and having an accumulation of fluid around the lungs. The cough will typically not be accompanied by any phlegm and seem unproductive to the sufferer.
- Fatigue and tiredness: The restricted lung function and laboured breathing can leave the sufferer fatigued and tired following any physical exertion.
- Abdominal pain: This is the first symptom that people with peritoneal mesothelioma often suffer from. Enlargement and tenderness of the abdomen can then follow, with fluid build-up occurring later on in the illness. This can cause loss of appetite and subsequently lead to weight loss.
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms or have been exposed to asbestos in the past we would advise you visit your local GP and seek medical advice. They will be able to give you a proper diagnosis and offer you treatments for the condition.
If you have been directly affected by an asbestos related condition due to exposure at work do not hesitate to get in touch with Roberts Jackson for free legal advice. Our team of expert asbestos solicitors can support you and your family whilst providing the highest standard of legal advice available. You can speak with us by calling our freephone number 0800 001 4496 or alternatively requesting a call back using the forms found on the right hand side of the page.