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Mesothelioma Justice

Started by Anonymous on 30 June 2016 at 08:28
Edited on 30 June 2016 at 11:12

I am becoming quite angry. Why? I'll tell you, or at least as much as I am allowed. 

In January 2014 my wife felt unwell, March 2015 she died from pericardial mesothelioma. Source of asbestos exposure, her ex employer, a big government agency.

We have issued a letter of claim and they have as expected denied everything despite our knowing that it was the worst case of asbestos stripping that the HSE had seen. 

I'm not angry about that, I'm angry because all of the evidence that I need has been destroyed, one lot in a fire, others simply destroyed because they thought that they would not be needed, the most essential files simply cannot be found. 

Really? Government destroy files? Hmmmm!

At the moment I'm not allowed to expose the sheer incompetence, negligence and denial, but one day.....

We know that 3 people who worked there have died from mesothelioma so far, how many more I wonder. 

So that's why I'm angry. As I've said, the truth will come  out.

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    From Tombenefits  
    23 August 2016 at 15:25


    I hope the experts at the National Asbestos Helpline and your specialist legal advice can help you get at the truth and overcome the difficulties presented by missing evidence - whether that be because of incompetence, unfortunate accident or even cover up. 

    The lesson has yet to cut through the knee jerk institutional reflex of denial that people need and value openess, honesty, speed and fairness in the response as much as any financial compensation.

    Perhaps the courts and the law can reflect on ways to further incentivise such good behaviour and severely punish less helpful approaches?

    For others reading this, who are also affected by mesothelioma, there are some specific benefits and initial lump sum settlements available. These are less hard or draining to sort out and can much more quickly help in the immediate aftermath of a diagnosis and during the time when the wheels of hopefully eventual justice do their slow turny thing.

    The helpline or a solicitor experienced in these cases may have already helped you with those, but if in any doubt please do message me.

    Best wishes,


    Online Centre Benefits Advisor


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    From SusieQ  
    30 June 2016 at 15:07


    This sounds an awful situation, and the anger you're feeling seems a natural response to injustice. I'm not equipped with the legal answers...and I'm aware you'll be having support with those - but, in case, someone reading this has a family member with mesothelioma, here's a useful link:-

    National Asbestos helpline - The National Asbestos Helpline was set up to help asbestos related disease sufferers and their families. They help and support thousands of people across the UK with legal representation from specialist asbestos claims solicitors, financial, emotional and practical support.

    Do message Robyn or myself if you'd like to talk anything through, and I do hope justice will prevail,

    Warm wishes




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