Asbestos in 2016: Today's Challenge

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Asbestos Action, a charity working with victims of asbestos exposure, held a successful, well-attended and important conference in Edinburgh last week.

The conference - ‘Asbestos in 2016: Today’s challenge’ – brought together individuals affected by asbestos related conditions and professionals working in the field. 

Fraser Simpson (pictured below), Head of Industrial Disease at Digby Brown Solicitors, was among the speakers and highlighted the importance of timely, expert legal advice in helping victims of asbestos exposure access justice and compensation.

“There is a basic injustice in individuals becoming ill simply by going to work.  It is important that people understand their legal rights if they are suffering as a result of an employer’s negligence and seek expert advice as soon as possible.”

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Slide showing Asbestos in 2016: Legal Challenge by Fraser Simpson, Head of Industrial Disease at Digby Brown

The conference also heard from Jephson Robb, designer of the International Asbestos Memorial in Clydebank, Dr Peter Reid, Consultant Respiratory Physician and representatives of support organisations working with individuals and families affected by asbestos related conditions.

Roger Mullins MP (SNP – Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath) (pictured below) gave a powerful keynote address, offering his support for Asbestos Action’s work and help in lobbying both the Scottish and UK governments on issues affecting asbestos victims and their families.

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Roger Mullins MP (SNP – Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath) speaking at Asbestos Action Conference

John Fearn from Asbestos Action (pictured below): “The challenge around asbestos in 2016 is two-fold.  There is a need to help those already affected access medical, welfare and legal support.  Looking to the future, we want to work with a range of organisations to address the risk that asbestos still poses, for example through its widespread presence in school buildings.”

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John Fearn from Asbestos Action speaking at Asbestos in 2016 conference

Attendees, Asbestos Action and Digby Brown Industrial Disease team members with Roger Mullin MP following the conference

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Group picture of attendees, Asbestos Action and Digby Brown Industrial Disease team members with Roger Mullin MP following the Asbestos in 2016 conference

To learn more about Asbestos Action, please visit their website at https://www.asbestosaction.org.uk.

If you, or a member of your family, are suffering from an Asbestos related condition and would like expert legal advice, please call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our short enquiry form and we will be in touch shortly.