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Global Asbestos Claiming and the Quality of Mesothelioma Advertising/Informing

Drivers continue to accrue for more global asbestos claiming. For example, a recent paper reports on the relative lack of successful asbestos claiming in South Africa. And, news of the article was disseminated through an actually useful article on a "mesothelioma" web page. The article as to South African claiming is set out below:

Studies Highlight Global Mesothelioma and Asbestos Problem

Posted on Monday, February 11, 2013.

Two new reports highlight the fact that mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are global issues.

Reporting in a recent issue of Global Health Action, scientists from South Africa’s National Institute for Occupational Health and the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg say the country is facing an epidemic of environmentally-linked asbestos-related diseases like mesothelioma because of abandoned asbestos mines. The same report also found that many of these mesothelioma patients are not receiving any compensation for their injuries.

South Africa was once a top exporter of asbestos, which was used for thousands of industrial applications, including insulation, construction materials, asbestos cement, and friction products like brake and clutch pads. Although all of South Africa’s asbestos mines are now closed because of the risk of diseases like mesothelioma, the new study suggests that they continue to pose a serious environmental hazard.

The study’s author’s examined the 146 environmental mesothelioma and asbestos disease claims submitted between 2003 and 2010 to one of two South African trusts set up to deal with such cases. Of those cases, 77 were malignant mesothelioma, the cancer of the mesothelial membranes that is considered the most aggressive of the asbestos-related diseases. Of those 77 mesothelioma cases, only 33 received any compensation. The records show that these patients had been exposed to asbestos in their homes or neighborhoods.

“Mesothelioma was the most common disease diagnosed, but most cases were not compensated,” observed the study’s authors. “This highlights that there is little redress for individuals with environmentally-acquired asbestos-related diseases in South Africa.” The study calls on the South African government to rehabilitate abandoned asbestos mines and the environment surrounding them in order to stop the epidemic of environmentally-linked asbestos-related diseases.

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Sources:

Ndlovu, N, et al, “Compensation for environmental asbestos-related diseases in South Africa: a neglected issue”, January 24, 2013, Global health Action.

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Since becoming a lawyer in 1983, Kirk’s over 30 years of practice have focused on advising a wide range of corporations, associations, and individuals (as both plaintiffs and defendants) on both tort and commercial law issues centered around “mass torts.”

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