The Derby Telegraph has this week published an excellent feature on our work in the field of asbestos-related disease and, in particular, the background and experience of our very own John Das.
John set up the law firm from home in 2007, and soon started securing significant sums of compensation for victims of asbestos-related diseases and their families. Since then, the team has grown and can now be found at their purpose-built premises in Derby, but still offer that same high level of personalised service to every client.
Sadly, asbestos-related conditions are still on the rise, due to the extensive use of asbestos materials in construction and industries during the last century. It was affordable and had excellent heat resistance, so was often used in heating systems and as insulation in buildings. Asbestos was prevalent in the UK shipbuilding industry until the 1980s, as it was in the building industry as recently as the year 2000. Asbestos was used widely in commercial buildings, factories, homes and schools until the end of the 20th century, meaning that it may be many more years before these types of illnesses are eradicated.
The reason for this is that the asbestos fibres can stay dormant in victims’ lungs for decades after their exposure before any symptoms of illness become apparent. John Das believes that the number of cases will grow for at least another decade before these horrible conditions start to become less common.
When a victim and their loved ones receive the diagnosis of an incurable asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, it can be a real shock and a very difficult time as they try to come to terms with the news. John knows how important it is to try to ensure that those who were responsible for the victim’s exposure to the fibres is held to account. Those for whom John and the team have helped to successfully obtain significant sums of compensation report that, although it can’t make anyone better or bring back the family member they have lost, it does provide a sense of justice and some financial security to move forward with.
Read the full article online here.