Secondhand asbestos victims push for justice

7 Jul 2017 by Sarah Mahan under News

upper body 944557 960 720 100x100 Secondhand asbestos victims push for justiceWhile most people think of mesothelioma as a deadly occupational cancer, increasing recognition is being given to family members who are exposed to asbestos secondhand, when a worker transfers asbestos fibers from work to home through clothing, tools, vehicle, etc. In the United States, has opened the door for secondhand exposure—also known as take-home exposure—compensation, and asbestos victims in the United Kingdom who were exposed through family members are urging the government to acknowledge them by campaigning for compensation, according to the BBC.

Asbestos is a group of six carcinogenic silicate minerals that lodge in the lining of internal organs through inhalation or ingestion and cause cancer. Mesothelioma can affect the lining of the heart, lungs or abdomen and takes decades to develop. It can occur from even exposure to small amounts of the fibers for relatively short periods of time.

In the United Kingdom, two options exist for mesothelioma compensation: victims can attempt to identify the insurance policy for the company they worked for or, if that isn’t possible, use the government’s diffuse mesothelioma payment scheme. Neither of the options are available to employees’ family members.

“I think it’s wrong that they do what they do, because the way I look at it is that I didn’t ask to get this disease but I have it,” Trish Doig, who contracted mesothelioma secondhand in the UK, told the news source. “And if there is a way of some compensation, whether it’s a lot of money or a little money, then it would be quite nice to think at least someone’s listening out there.”

 

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