Although it is out of the United Kingdom, this October 30, 2014 news article, “Asbestos legacy: The families fighting for compensation”, is instructive to people in the US insofar that it provides insight as to the various difficulties in getting legal compensation for mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.
Moreover, this BBC Scotland report also demonstrates that mesothelioma asbestos cancer cases are not limited to working men, as is sometimes thought to be the situation among those with no personal experience.
Consider the story of Mary Campbell, for example:
Mary Campbell, 76, is far from the stereotype of someone with terminal cancer…
Two years ago, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an aggressive form of incurable lung cancer almost always caused by asbestos exposure. She describes herself as feeling “absolutely gobsmacked”.
She is one of a growing group of women diagnosed with the disease. Mary’s ex-husband was an electrician in Ninewells, where asbestos was commonly used. Every day she used to wash his overalls after work.
And then there is the tragic story of Francis Hamilton:
Frances Hamilton died of mesothelioma in 2014 – the same disease that killed her mother 28 years before….
She said she was 15 when she started helping her mother at work…
“It was extremely dusty work,” said Frances in her legal statement. “I distinctly remember my arms and hands being itchy with the sharp fibres caused from the asbestos being in my skin.”
Frances said her mother, Lizzie McLellan, worked on boiler covers for steam locomotive engines, and that Lizzie had to sew “huge asbestos mats” together.
Unfortunately, here in the US, too, there are stories like these two which involve women exposed to asbestos years ago later developing malignant mesothelioma.
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