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Home > News > Personal Injury News

26th April 2007

Workers Memorial Day

Hundreds of Teesside employees who died because of exposure to asbestos in the work place will be remembered during a ceremony on Saturday, April 28.

Workers Memorial Day will be marked with a remembrance service at Christchurch, Church Square, Hartlepool at 12.30pm.

The day, organised by Hartlepool Trades Union Council, is a chance to commemorate those who have been killed or injured while carrying out their jobs.

The annual event will focus on occupational cancers, like mesothelioma, caused by exposure to asbestos dust.

Industrial Killer

Across the world 3,300 people die every day from unsustainable forms of production, including accidental deaths and exposure to hazardous substances.

In the North East alone 85 people a year die from mesothelioma, a form of cancer, which affects the lungs or abdomen.

The cancer can take up to 40 years to develop and once diagnosed patients often have just months to live.

In the North East tens of thousands of employees who worked in the shipyards, in manufacturing, or as joiners, plumbers and engineers were exposed to asbestos doing their jobs and many were never given any protection from the dust.

During the ceremony on Saturday, Ian McFall, head of asbestos policy for Clear Answers lawyers, Thompsons Solicitors will address the service.

He will discuss how mesothelioma has touched the lives of many families in the North East.

He said: "The legacy of asbestos and the North East's industrial past has left us with devastating diseases like mesothelioma and asbestosis. Many families in the region have been affected by asbestos-related conditions and Workers Memorial Day gives them a chance to remember their loved ones.

"Workers Memorial Day also gives us an opportunity to remind people that the asbestos legacy is here to stay and will blight many more lives in the future. We must make sure the support networks are in place to help people faced with developing this devastating disease."

National Asbestos Campaign

Thompsons Solicitors has launched a campaign to achieve justice for asbestos families across the UK.

It is highlighting an injustice in the way compensation for bereavement is awarded to families who have lost a relative to mesothelioma.

In England and Wales the level of bereavement compensation is set at £10,000 by law and is only payable to the spouse of the deceased but over the border in Scotland payments up to £30,000 have been made to bereaved widows.

Not only widows but other family members in Scotland can also receive bereavement compensation of between £10,000 to £15,000 each.

Thompsons wants to see a change in the way payments are assessed so families across the UK receive compensation in line with the amount currently paid to families in Scotland.

Mr McFall added: "The law must be changed so that families in England and Wales are entitled to the same level of compensation for bereavement as a family in Scotland. "

The Workers Memorial Day service is open to the public and will begin at 12.30pm. A wreath laying in Church Square will follow.

For more information about the service contact Edwin Jeffries on 01429 523868.

Compensation Claim

Clear Answers' lawyers specialising in mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases are able to offer further guidance on likely damages to anyone suffering from an asbestos-related illness, to the families of sufferers, or to anyone who suspects that they or a member of their family may be suffering from, or may have suffered from a work-related asbestos disease.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online claim enquiry forms.

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