Yet another tragic case of mesothelioma further highlights the need for asbestos safety services, including the safe removal of asbestos.
A Chesterfield family is searching for answers after the death late last year of a former electrician and engineer due to asbestos-related disease.
Norman Rhodes died aged 87 in 2015, but it was discovered only after his death that he had been suffering from mesothelioma – a form of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.
More about mesothelioma
Mesothelioma is a very unusual form of cancer in that it takes years, often decades for it to become detectable. This is why so many cases of this lethal disease have only been discovered in the last few years or so.
Unfortunately, this is what makes the survival rate for mesothelioma so very low, with only 50% of sufferers surviving a year after their initial diagnosis.
Norman suffered from regular chest infections, chest pains and difficulty breathing before his death, but was never officially diagnosed with the disease.
Sufferer’s long work history
Mr Rhodes worked at a range of companies in the Chesterfield area as an electrician or engineer until his retirement in the 1990s.
His family is now working alongside Helen England, a specialist asbestos related disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, to find out more information on the circumstances surrounding his death.
As England stated, “because the illness is linked to exposure to asbestos decades ago, it can sometimes be difficult to find information on the working conditions the victims have endured.”
The family is appealing for any former colleagues of Norman’s to come forward and help.
“We’re unable to provide Irwin Mitchell with a lot of information regarding Dad’s working conditions, but hopefully those who he worked with might be able to help to give us more information so that we can determine what caused his terrible illness.”
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