When most people think of asbestos, they assume it is as a thing of the past. A dangerous material used extensively in the 50’s and 60’s is still a threat to people’s lives today.
Exposure can cause long-term complications later in life, including a form of cancer known as mesothelioma and mainly affects elderly men who worked with asbestos in the construction or heavy industry. We have also seen cases of wives who have unfortunately developed an asbestos related disease as a result of living with someone who was exposed to asbestos. Subsequently they may have inhaled asbestos fibres brought back home, for example laundering their clothing.
The threat is still real, it is becoming apparent that the scourge of asbestos is not in the past and is very much still with us and in settings and industries which will come as a surprise to many.
This is demonstrated by two current cases recently reported in the media which involve musicians who worked for the BBC at their Maida Vale studio as part of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Who would have thought that regularly recording with an orchestra playing the violin or horn would lead, many decades later, to a dreadful disease and untimely death? But that is exactly what happened in these cases, as a result of asbestos present in the aged building at the BBC Maida Vale studios, and the ensuing disturbance of that asbestos releasing the fibres into the atmosphere.
Now more than ever, it throws into sharp focus that asbestos was used in the construction of many buildings and these include public buildings, worryingly affecting hospitals and schools. Whilst the dangers of asbestos are more widely recognised and there is a wealth of information on how to manage the risks from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), it is not always obvious where danger lies. For example, following the death of a primary school teacher in 2016, it was recognised that regularly pinning children’s work to display boards in the classroom exposed staff and children to low levels of released dust.
Thanks to our experienced personal injury lawyers across Suffolk who have a wealth of knowledge in this area we can help. We have an in-depth understanding and know-how of acting for clients sadly diagnosed with conditions developed as a result of being exposed to asbestos such as asbestosis and mesothelioma.
We are here to listen to you and to advise you and your family if you are diagnosed with such a condition and need help to claim compensation. We offer advice on a “no win no fee” basis.
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