Devon Teacher Dies From Asbestos Exposure

9th December 2016

Devon Teacher Dies From Asbestos Exposure

It isn’t just industrial workers who are affected by asbestos’s deadly legacy. With three in four British schools still containing the material, children and teachers are also at risk.

During the last decade, 140 teachers have died from mesothelioma, the lung disease triggered by exposure to asbestos dust.

The lifetime risk of developing mesothelioma is predicted to be about five times greater for a child first exposed at the age of five compared to an adult first exposed at age 30.

The material was used in construction from the 1950s until it was completely outlawed in 1999 and is still present in most UK schools due to ageing stock.

And its effect continues to be felt.

An inquest recently heard how a former teacher died after being exposed to asbestos in schools.

Sue Stephens, 68, worked as a teacher in Buckinghamshire for 30 years before retiring in 2008 to Crediton, Devon.

The grandmother was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, which can lie dormant for decades, in 2014 and died in June this year.

During the inquest, the court heard that she had written a statement saying she recalled construction work being undertaken at another school and asbestos being removed by builders in the classrooms during lessons.

Last month, an Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) study reported that six people die of mesothelioma every day in England and Wales.

Deaths from the disease have rocketed by nearly a third in the past ten years, with the figure expected to peak in 2018.

Gotelee is a member of APIL, a national not-for-profit group which campaigns for redress for sick and dying workers.

How can our personal injury solicitors help?

Our expert team of Suffolk personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in claims of this kind, acting for both the person exposed to asbestos and their families.

We understand the emotional trauma involved and pride ourselves on treating our clients with care and sensitivity.

If you or a member of your family has suffered an asbestos-related illness or if you have lost a loved one to the disease, you may be able to make a claim for compensation and claim state benefits.

We can advise you as to the merits of your claim at a free initial appointment at one of our offices in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Hadleigh, Woodbridge or Melton.

We can also arrange a home visit if required and offer a fully insurance-protected No-Win No-Fee conditional fee agreement.

To find out more, call 01473 298125 or complete our online enquiry form.

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