Action Mesothelioma Day Scotland

Asbestos dust in air

Friday 1st July is Action Mesothelioma Day, when individuals and groups around the country come together to remember those who died as a result of Mesothelioma and to raise awareness of the disease.

Mesothelioma in Scotland

Around 200 people in Scotland are diagnosed with mesothelioma each year, an asbestos-related cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos dust.

Action Mesothelioma Day event in North Queensferry Scotland

Digby Brown will be joining Asbestos Action at an event in North Queensferry, to mark Action Mesothelioma day.

Asbestos Action are a Scottish-based charity set up to provide practical support and advice to those who have an asbestos related condition, their families and carers.  

The event will take place in the shadow of the three bridges over the River Forth, representing the past, present and future of engineering in Scotland.

Asbestos casts a long shadow in Scotland; it is a sad fact that thousands of people over the years have become ill simply by going to work. 

Asbestos today 

It is important to recognise though that asbestos-related illness such as Mesothelioma is not a relic of our industrial past but something affecting individuals and families in Scotland today, a reality that Digby Brown see in our work representing people across the country in claims for compensation for them and their families.

Victims of secondary expsoure to asbestos

Digby Brown actively campaign alongside Asbestos Action in their campaigning work, for example on the issue of “secondary exposure” which sees people develop Mesothelioma and other asbestos related conditions, for example being exposed to asbestos dust by living with family members working with asbestos. 

If no insurers can be traced for the companies responsible, individuals suffering serious, in some cases terminal, illnesses can be left unable to claim compensation.

This type of “secondary” exposure does not fall under the UK Government’s Diffuse Mesothelioma payment scheme, which exists to compensate Mesothelioma victims, a basic injustice which should be addressed.