Mesothelioma Action Day UK 2016
Tollers Personal Injury Northampton provide FREE respiratory masks to local tradesmen on Mesothelioma Action Day UK.
The highest graded CE certified respiratory masks offer protection against Asbestos fibres which cause the fatal disease.
David Boobyer, Personal Injury Lawyer said “Asbestos has been, and in many cases still is, embedded in the homes we live in, the offices and factories we work in, the schools we are educated in, and the stores we shop in. We hope that by providing these respiratory masks to local tradesman they would be protected should they ever knowingly or unknowingly come into contact with asbestos. As this disease has no cure our aim is to contribute to prevention of future cases”
With most cancers, it is hard to know the exact cause. But mesothelioma is different. In almost every case, the cause is exposure to asbestos – a fibrous building material once dubbed “miraculous”, but now known to be mortally dangerous. Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer that affects the lining of the lung.
The high grade respiratory masks were distributed to: Rainbow Frost, Colourwise Painting and Decorating, Rialto Health and Safety Ltd, KMR Construction, Folgate Fire and Electrical Safety.
Britain, it turns out, is today at the peak of a mesothelioma epidemic. There are more mesothelioma deaths here than in any other country. With an annual toll of about 2,500, more than twice as many people die of the disease as die in car accidents.
According to Britain’s leading expert on mesothelioma, Professor Julian Peto, our best guess is that between 1970 and 2050, when the asbestos epidemic in Britain should have played itself out, some 90,000 people will have died. Most currently have no idea that they will die this way. SOURCE – http://s.telegraph.co.uk/graphics/projects/Asbestos-the-killer-that-surrounds-us/
The use of ALL asbestos was banned in the UK on 24th November 1999,however the country is still feeling its deadly effects now as it usually takes decades for mesothelioma to develop.
Where is asbestos found?
Asbestos has been used by humans for over 6,000 years, valued for its insulating quality, strength, flexibility and durability it was widely used in industry.
It is not always easy to tell whether a product contains asbestos as modern asbestos-free materials look similar –it is usually older products that contain asbestos. Common places where asbestos could be found include:
- Roofing felt
- Asbestos Insulating Board (AIB) – commonly used as fireproofing material and also partition walls, fireproofing panels in fire doors, lift shaft lining, ceiling tiles, soffits, panels below windows.
- Lagging and insulation – in or on heating systems such as round boilers tanks or around pipework.
- Loose fill asbestos – in between cavity walls, under floorboards and in loft spaces.
- Asbestos cement – cement roofs, wall cladding, down pipes and gutters, cement flues.
- Floor tiles, textiles and composites – textiles in fuse boxes, old fire blankets, heat resistant gloves.
What should you do if you suspect asbestos?
- Avoid creating/breathing asbestos dust by disturbing the asbestos. DIY work may result in brief but high levels of exposure to dangerous asbestos fibres. Asbestos is usually safe unless it is damaged or disturbed by removing, drilling, sawing, scrubbing or sanding.
- Dispose of Asbestos properly visit www.hse.gov.uk/asbestos
Tollers understand that mesothelioma is always fatal, there is no cure, but treatment can relieve symptoms of pain and increase life expectancy.
If you, or a family member, have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma, you should claim for compensation – and Tollers can help. We will listen to your story and make sure we understand what is important to you, including what you want to achieve with a compensation claim. We can then give you a no-obligation assessment on whether you have a strong case, along with clear, jargon-free advice on the prospects of success. If we believe you have a good chance of success, we can help on a ‘No Win No Fee’ basis.
We will need a detailed statement explaining when and where you came into contact with asbestos dust or fibres. You may also need to contact former work colleagues for witness statements. As your exposure to asbestos dust and fibres probably took place many years ago, we will also need to track down the employer or company that exposed you to asbestos dust and fibres. Often, these companies no longer exist, so we will have to identify their insurers, who are still obliged to compensate you for your injury and losses.
Tollers specialists in Mesothelioma compensation claims will handle your claim with commitment, care and expertise, and provide access to the best experts, care and rehabilitation available.
Your claim will include funding private medical treatment, palliative and gratuitous care, aids and equipment to improve your quality of life, and any other financial losses incurred. We can also try to secure you interim payments so you can begin treatment and care sooner rather than later.