25 September 2019 | Comment | Article by Hayley Hawkins
The Asbestos Team at Hugh James is a proud patron of the British Lung Foundation (BLF). On 24 September 2019, Hayley Hawkins and Richard Armstrong from that team attended the BLF Professional Study Day at the Stradey Park Hotel, Llanelli.
Claire Hurlin, Strategic Head of Community and Chronic Conditions for Hywel Dda Health Board and Joseph Carter, Head of BLF Wales chaired the event which saw nine guest speakers discuss various topics in relation to respiratory health.
There were around 60 delegates at the event, all coming from occupational backgrounds such as community nursing and respiratory nursing, having a particular interest in respiratory health.
After lunch, all of the delegates took part in Singing for Lung Health which was run by Carol Shephard, Swansea Singing for Lung Health Leader.
Hugh James was able to offer a champagne raffle with the draw taking place at the end of the day.
Hayley and Richard thoroughly enjoyed speaking with the delegates throughout the day and raising awareness about the possible compensation entitlement for those suffering from asbestos-related conditions, including mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and diffuse pleural thickening.
Whilst asbestos use was banned in the UK in the late 1990s, we are still seeing large numbers of people being diagnosed with asbestos-related conditions each year. Currently, the UK has the highest mesothelioma mortality rate per capita in the world with nearly 2,500 deaths a year.
Research into asbestos-related diseases, especially mesothelioma, is incredibly underfunded. The British Lung Foundation is dedicated to funding research into mesothelioma, having spent over £8.5 million on research projects.
Unfortunately for those diagnosed now, there is no cure and the only option open to them to right the wrong is to claim compensation. While compensation can never make up for what the sufferers and their families have lost, Hugh James passionately believes that their former employers or others who negligently exposed them to asbestos dust should be held accountable. Compensation can ease money worries at such a difficult time, make sufferers more comfortable and can provide an element of financial security for them. Hugh James act on a no win, no fee basis and also ensure that mesothelioma sufferers keep 100% of their compensation.
If you or anyone you know is suffering from this disease, or any other asbestos-related condition, then visit the Asbestos page for more information and to get in touch.