Mesothelioma Claims UK: Mesothelioma, also known as “diffuse” or “malignant” mesothelioma, is a form of cancer that affects the mesothelium. The mesothelium is a thin membrane that lines the lungs, chest, and abdomen areas. Depending on the site or the organ affected, mesothelioma is further classified as pleural mesothelioma and peritoneal mesothelioma.
According to the National Asbestos Helpline, pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma, accounting for about 90% to 95% of the cases in the UK. This type of mesothelioma attacks the chest and the lungs and deteriorates the mesothelium lining in the organs.
Collectively called the pleural lining, the linings have 2 layers: visceral lining, which lines the inner side of the lungs; and parietal lining, which lines the chest wall. The function of the pleural lining is to secrete fluids for lubrication between the chest wall and the lungs to allow for easy breathing when they slide against each other. Pleural mesothelioma causes the pleural linings to thicken. This results in breathlessness and fluid accumulation between the lungs and the chest wall that presses against the lungs making it hard to breathe.
The peritoneal linings are found between the organs situated in the abdomen and the abdominal walls. It consists of 2 layers: the visceral or the inner layer that lines the organs, and the outer or parietal layer that lines the abdominal wall. Peritoneal mesothelioma causes the mesothelium layers in the abdominal area to swell, which results in the accumulation of fluid that leads to abdominal swelling. Peritoneal is far less common than pleural mesothelioma, making up only 5% to 10% of the mesothelioma cases in the UK, according to the National Asbestos Helpline.
The main cause of mesothelioma is asbestos. Asbestos fibers are inhaled and travel to the respiratory tracts. Most of these fibers are cleared by coughing or sneezing, but some of them reach the smaller cavities in the respiratory tracts known as the alveoli. The smaller fibers are dealt with by the immune system of the body but the bigger fibers make their way into the mesothelium layers and injure it over time. It can take up to 50 years for the asbestos to have serious implications such as an onset of cancer from the ingestion of the fibers. The injuries in the mesothelium layer result in ulcers, which over time may cause mutations and result in abnormal cells or cancer.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you may be eligible to claim compensation for it. The claims are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, so it is important to reach out to a lawyer who specializes in mesothelioma claims
in the UK for legal advice. Depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to one of the following compensations:
Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
You may be eligible for an industrial injuries disablement benefit if your affliction is a direct result of your employment. The amount you’ll receive depends on the severity of your disability, which will be determined by a medical advisor on a scale of 1 to 100%. For a successful claim, an individual must be assessed at 14% disabled or more to receive the benefits.
Personal Independence Payment
Personal Independence Payment can help you with extra costs if you suffer a long-term implication such as a physical or a mental health condition. The amount to be compensated for is determined by a medical advisor and depends on how the condition affects you.
You may be entitled to receive an attendance allowance if your disability is severe enough that you need someone to look after yourself. It’s compensated for depending on the level of care you require. Mobility needs are not covered under this type of compensation and you don’t need to have a caregiver in order to file a claim.
If you are caring for someone as a result of their disability, you may file a claim for the carer’s allowance. Carer’s allowance is intended to reduce caring costs incurred to you by offering some compensation depending on the level of their disability. You don’t have to be related to the person you’re caring for in order to be eligible for this allowance.
Mesothelioma claims can be complicated to deal with. A claim has to be filed within 12 months of diagnosis for it to be eligible. If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, please reach out to us so we can handle your queries and concerns about compensation. Our injury specialist
team of expert mesothelioma claims UK lawyers is highly experienced and would make sure that you get the maximum possible compensation given your circumstances.