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I head up the Asbestos-Related Disease team in Bristol. I specialise exclusively in helping people and their families who are suffering illness because of asbestos exposure. I've been working in this field for most of my working life and am very passionate about helping people who are affected by these diseases, through no fault of their own and usually many years after the exposure happened. I'm often working with clients at a time when they were looking forward to enjoying their retirement.
I work hard to make everything run as smoothly as possible for my clients and therefore seek to resolve claims as quickly as possible. I am qualified as a solicitor in Canada as well as England and Wales. I often speak at conferences and in 2013 chaired a ground-breaking conference on inquests and post-mortems in mesothelioma deaths.
“This is a tragic case in which a woman has been diagnosed with mesothelioma simply by being exposed to asbestos dust as she washed her husband’s overalls in the 1960s to 1980s.
“Barbara was just trying to care for her family but she now faces a difficult future as her mesothelioma progresses and causes her health to deteriorate.
“Employers were aware of the dangers of asbestos during the period that Barbara was exposed to asbestos but sadly too many companies did not do enough to protect their workers or their families from the dangers.
“Mesothelioma is a terrible disease and unfortunately there is no cure. It takes decades after exposure to the harmful dust and fibres before symptoms develop, so those who fall victim to asbestos-related diseases can often not recall the exact circumstances surrounding their exposure.
“We are determined to get the answers Barbara needs about her exposure to asbestos and we are calling on Matt’s former colleagues, as well as his brothers, Eddie and Willie Hernon, to come forward with any information they may have that can help Barbara.”
“Through our work we see how important hospices are to our many clients and their families, so we are delighted to be able to do what we can to raise money in aid of such a great cause and to support such a fun event.
“Rowcroft Hospice provides invaluable care and support to a huge number of our clients who are suffering from asbestos-related illness, including the terminal asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. They support their patient’s throughout their illness and in the final stages of their life, as well as offering help and support to their families during what can be a very difficult time.
“They also provide psychological and emotional support to sufferers and their families. Only a small percentage of their costs are funded by the NHS and so they rely on donations and fundraising to continue to offer their services to those in need.
"Irwin Mitchell are proud to be able to support this fantastic local service and we look forward to supporting them in their continued provision of such an important resource for families in the South West.”
“Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive and sadly incurable form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos decades ago.
“Unfortunately, we were unable to get details from Tony of his exposure to the substance before he passed away and his family have understandably been left desperate for answers about how he developed mesothelioma.
“We would like to hear from anyone who worked on the construction of London Transport’s Aldenham Works factory in the early 1950s and anyone who worked for the company between 1952 and 1986 who can provide details on the presence of asbestos and the measures in place to protect workers from exposure to the deadly dust and fibres.”
“We see on a day-to-day basis the pain and suffering caused by mesothelioma, often decades after people were exposed to asbestos.
“The disease kills more than 2,500 people every year in the UK and Action Mesothelioma Day plays a crucial role in raising awareness of mesothelioma and highlighting the very real danger asbestos poses.
“We are delighted to be able to show our support for such an important cause and attend these events in the South West. We hope that by raising awareness of the very real risk asbestos poses we will ensure the number of people affected by mesothelioma will begin to fall in the future.”