A man living in a care home in Midhurst died from being exposed to asbestos earlier in his life, an inquest heard.
The man died in September 2018 aged 83 at Pendean House Care Home in Oaklands Lane, West Lavington, Midhurst, having been diagnosed with mesothelioma in September 2017.
The inquest heard how he may have been exposed to asbestos dust whilst working at the King Edward VII Hospital in Midhurst between 1981 and 1993. He spent some time in the hospital basement where the pipework was lagged with asbestos.
The coroner concluded that his death was from mesothelioma and caused by an industrial disease.
Mesothelioma is an aggressive, treatment-resistant cancerous tumour which primarily affects the pleura (lungs) and peritoneum (stomach). More than 2,600 people are diagnosed with the condition each year in the UK. Most cases that are diagnosed tend to be in people aged 60 to 80, and men tend to be more commonly affected than women.
Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a general term used for a group of fibrous minerals known for their thermal resistance, strength and acoustic insulation. Several types of asbestos were commonly used commercially such as blue asbestos (crocidolite), brown asbestos (amosite) and white asbestos (chrysotile).
The symptoms of mesothelioma can often take up to 40 years to develop and most commonly present as: a persistent cough, breathlessness, wheezing, chest pain, fatigue and weight loss. In cases of peritoneal mesothelioma, symptoms could include stomach pain, stomach swelling and nausea. It is most commonly diagnosed on chest xrays, CT scans and by taking biopsies.
Johnathan Steventon-Kiy, specialist industrial disease lawyer, says:
“Sadly cases of mesothelioma are common in those who worked in commercial trades such as electricians, plumbers, boiler makers, building and construction workers and any other trades in which asbestos was commonly used. It can also affect the families of those who used asbestos such as a spouse who may have washed dusty clothes/overalls. The effects of mesothelioma are devastating and it is important that an experienced specialist asbestos disease solicitor assists the Claimant, or their estate, to ensure that the correct amount of compensation is received. The specialist solicitors in Biscoes Industrial Disease team have many years of experience pursuing these sorts of cases.”
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