ADELAIDE â€“ In memoriam of South Australian asbestos victims, a walkway with the names of those who have lost their lives due to diseases linked to the hazardous mineral has been unveiled at Kilburn in Adelaide.
The walkway is an addition to an already existing memorial in the Jack Watkins Memorial Reserve, which was built at the site of the old Islington rail workshops. Each paver will have its own personal message.
According to Ian Shepphard, president of the Asbestos Diseases Society, the walkway will help increase awareness of asbestos-linked diseases, such as mesothelioma.
“Every day there are new victims coming. We’ve got the third wave coming and the third wave are the people who are the home renovators,” he said. “They’ve got no idea what they’re doing, they drill through a wall, they sand down asbestos. It’s going to be 15 or 20 years time before the disease actually manifests itself on them.”
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer linked to the exposure of asbestos. Mesothelioma affects the lining of the lungs, heart and chest cavities but is very difficult to both diagnose and treat. Symptoms can be very mild, so many patients never seek the medical attention they need. In addition, it can take up to 50 years for mesothelioma to manifest, and by the time it does, it is usually too late for treatment to work.
Patients have between 12 to 18 months after the cancer manifests to seek medical attention and hope for success. However, even though mesothelioma can be treated with radiation, chemotherapy and surgery, there is currently no cure for it.
Asbestos was banned for usage in the U.S. in the 1980s, but unfortunately, it continues to pose a threat. Since asbestos was popularly used in construction, there are several structures that are still laden with the mineral. Many employers expose their workers to asbestos without the proper safety gear, putting them in harmâ€™s way. However, there is help for all mesothelioma victims. If you or a loved one are suffering with the illness, turn to a leading mesothelioma lawyer right away.
Mesothelioma attorneys help you seek justice for what has been done to you. Your paralegal will investigate your employment history to determine your initial source of exposure and will make sure those who are responsible are held liable for their negligence and crimes. Rest assured that when you work with a top team of mesothelioma lawyers, your case will end with the best possible outcome.
As an asbestos victim, you may be entitled to thousands, if not millions of dollars in compensation. Call a prominent mesothelioma attorney to discuss your options and claim your rightful benefits today.