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I am a solicitor in the Asbestos Related Disease team, based in Irwin Mitchell's Sheffield office.
I have a wealth of experience representing individuals in complex mesothelioma and other asbestos disease claims including asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural thickening.
I work hard to secure compensation and obtain justice for my clients, acknowledging their unique needs throughout their claim.
“Asbestos-related disease tend to be associated with heavy industries and tradesmen, but in recent years we have seen more and more cases like Jim’s, where people have been exposed in public buildings, such as local government properties, hospitals and schools.
“We know from experience that asbestos was commonly used in the construction of public buildings and also used to lag pipework that runs through these properties.
“At Irwin Mitchell we have regularly called for improvements in the way asbestos in public buildings is monitored and managed and have also called for a programme of asbestos removal to be put in place to help protect those who work in environments where asbestos may still be present.
“We have now agreed Jim an interim payment with the insurers of Jim’s former employers. This will help him cover the care costs he will face as his condition worsens and we hope by highlighting cases like Jim’s that action will be taken to prevent other people developing asbestos-related diseases.”
“Mesothelioma is a very aggressive and causes the death of more than 2,500 people every year in the UK. It causes a significant amount of pain and distress for victims, like Gina, and we hope we will be able to help her understand why more wasn’t done in the past to protect her.
“Those who worked alongside Gina may have important information on the presence of asbestos at the hospitals. They may also have details of any measures, if any, taken to reduce potential exposure to the harmful dust
“At Irwin Mitchell we are seeing more and more cases like Gina’s, where exposure may has taken place in public buildings, such as schools and hospitals, where asbestos was often used in the construction and became harmful as its condition deteriorated.
“It is vital more is done to protect people like Gina who have every right to be able to go to work and not suffer these terrible diseases decades down the line. Our top priority now is to help Gina as she continues to fight for justice after being diagnosed with this terrible disease.
“We hope former colleagues will come forward with the crucial information we need to get these answers for Gina.”
“Concerns regarding the presence of asbestos in schools are not going away and we have yet to see a clear plan of action formed on tackling the issue.
“We have repeatedly demanded a full risk register is introduced to document the presence of asbestos in public buildings including schools, with it being maintained through a programme of regular inspections. This way, the most harmful asbestos can be safely removed before it causes problems for people using those buildings. It takes decades before symptoms develop, so a proactive programme of removal is the best course of action.
“Asbestos exposure is so often linked to industrial environments, but we are seeing more and more cases where people, like Susan, have been exposed in schools. We hope that her former colleagues from Marlcliffe School will come forward to help with our investigation into her exposure.”
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