Mesothelioma cancer is a relatively rare disease that affects people who have frequently worked with, or been in prolonged contact with, asbestos. Mesothelioma cancer injuries account for an estimated fifty deaths each year in Ireland and are caused by the inhalation or digestion of asbestos fibres. These fibres are responsible for creating an abnormal division of the mesothelioma cells, which then invade and damage nearby tissues and organs.
Being in the presence of asbestos is not usually sufficient to cause mesothelioma cancer to develop. It is only when the asbestos is disturbed that fibres are released into the atmosphere and inhaled, or digested when the fibres come to rest on unsealed food or drink. Renovation work in old buildings where a full risk assessment for asbestos removal has not been performed is the primary reason behind mesothelioma cancer injury compensation claims. Because of the long latency period of the disease, the normal time limit of two years from the date of injury do not apply and a mesothelioma cancer claim could still be made by people who worked in the asbestos industry many years ago.
As the cancer may not manifest itself for up to forty years after the victim has inhaled or digested asbestos fibres, the number of mesothelioma cancer cases reported each year continues to grow – as do the number of mesothelioma cancer injury compensation claims. For although asbestos was banned as a building material in Ireland in 1985, a Government survey in 2000 revealed that as many as five thousand public buildings may still contain the banned substance, including a third of all schools.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma Cancer
The symptoms of mesothelioma cancer vary according to the strain of the disease. You could experience shortness of breath, a rasping cough and chest pains from pleural mesothelioma cancer, whereas abdominal pain, anaemia and fatigue could demonstrate signs of peritoneal mesothelioma cancer.
As with all illnesses, your first consideration should be for your health. Compensation for mesothelioma cancer should only be a consideration once your illness has been diagnosed by your doctor and you are receiving treatment for the disease.
In the interests of early detection, should you believe that you have been exposed to asbestos fibres but are not exhibiting any of the symptoms, you should have regular chest X-rays or undergo pulmonary function tests to monitor any signs of mesothelioma cancer.
Claiming for Mesothelioma Cancer Compensation
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed as suffering from mesothelioma cancer, you are entitled to claim mesothelioma cancer compensation for your injuries. Making a mesothelioma cancer injury compensation claim is always best done with the assistance of a specialised mesothelioma cancer solicitor due to the complex nature of the claim and the time which may have elapsed since contracting the disease and making your mesothelioma cancer claim.
If the company you were working for at the time you believe you were working in an asbestos contaminated environment is no longer trading, your solicitor will be able to advise you about the best course of action to take with your mesothelioma cancer injury compensation claim – as he will if a current employer denies liability for your illness or claims that you contributed to your exposure to asbestos by your own actions.
Free Mesothelioma Cancer Claim Advice
As it is essential that you have the best possible advice when making a claim for mesothelioma cancer compensation, we have established a dedicated mesothelioma cancer claim advice service for people who have already been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, or have loved ones suffering from the illness. Our specialist mesothelioma cancer solicitor will be able to advise you whether you have a claim which is worth your while to pursue, what is involved in the process and how long it should take.
To take advantage of this helpful and practical advice service, please call between the hours of 8.00am and 10.00pm, seven days a week. You will be able to ask any questions about a mesothelioma cancer injury compensation claim and receive accurate and current information about your claim. All calls to our free mesothelioma Cancer Claim Advice Service are completely confidential, and you are under no obligation to proceed with a claim once you have spoken with us.
Call us now or if you cannot speak now please fill in the form on the left and we will call you back.
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What to Expect When You Call
We have over twenty years experience of helping victims of personal injuries claim compensation, and understand that if you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer, it will be a very worrying time for you.
Therefore, we will listen courteously as you explain to us how you believe the mesothelioma cancer was sustained and who you feel is liable for your mesothelioma cancer injuries.
Once we have established that you do indeed have a claim for mesothelioma cancer compensation, we will talk you through the procedures involved in successfully making your claim for mesothelioma cancer compensation. We will answer any questions you may have.
We generally conclude each initial conversation by offering you a list of suggestions for you to consider, based on your personal circumstances. You are under no obligation to act on any of our advice, and if some of these suggestions raise more questions when you have considered them, you are, of course, welcome to call our mesothelioma cancer claim advice service again.
Your first step however should be to call us at your earliest possible opportunity. If now is not a convenient time, kindly complete the call back form at the foot of the page and a specialist mesothelioma cancer solicitor will call you back at a time which is more suitable.