Lorna Webster explores the potential redress available to victims of secondary asbestos exposure 


Mesothelioma is an incurable cancer that is usually caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.  Low-level asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma and there is a long latency period of between 10 years and 60 plus years. 

Not everyone who has been exposed to asbestos fibres will develop mesothelioma. There are approximately 2,500 recorded mesothelioma deaths every year in the UK. The majority of those deaths will be due to exposure to asbestos during the victim’s employment. However, some will have been caused by secondary exposure to asbestos. 

Sources of secondary asbestos exposure typically include a wife who washed her husband's asbestos-contaminated work overalls, children ...

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