Brachers supports Action Mesothelioma Day 2017
Brachers is supporting an event to commemorate victims and raise awareness of the asbestos killer disease mesothelioma. Statistics show that the Medway area has one of the highest incidence rates in the country of the cancer.
An Action Mesothelioma Day event will be held on Friday 7 July at Royal Dockyard Church in Chatham Dockyard between 11.30am – 4.15pm.
The event will see a dove release in the presence of the Deputy Mayor of Medway at midday, followed by a public meeting to discuss asbestos issues and victim support.
It is being organised by Alan McKenna who teaches law at the University of Kent and campaigns and writes on asbestos issues. Brachers has also established a reputation for helping victims of industrial diseases such as mesothelioma to make their claims, on a ‘no win-no fee’ basis.
Brachers is the only firm in Kent, Surrey or Sussex with an APIL (Association of Personal Injury Lawyers) Accredited Occupational Disease Specialist and an APIL Accredited Asbestos Disease Specialist solicitor. Government figures on mesothelioma deaths show that the Medway area (including the Medway Towns of Chatham, Gillingham and Rochester) remains in the top 10 for the incidence of deaths from mesothelioma.
The high incidence of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease can clearly be linked to the heavy use of asbestos at Chatham dockyards in ship building and repair, and exposure at other sites such as BP’s Isle of Grain oil refinery and the asbestos manufacturing factory at British Uralite Higham, just on the edge of the Medway Towns.
Alan McKenna said:
“Mesothelioma and other asbestos diseases have had a terrible impact on many thousands of people and Kent has been amongst the worst affected areas. I hope this action day will help to keep the issue in the public consciousness and provide support and advice for those affected. I am very grateful to Brachers for their support for the event.”
Jeremy Horton, partner at Brachers specialising in industrial diseases, said:
“We are delighted to lend our support to the action day. Sadly, the industrial past in our region was a recipe for a future epidemic of asbestos-related deaths and diseases which we are only experiencing now. Mesothelioma deaths have increased by over one third in the past 10 years and now run at just over 2,500 nationally. They are expected to remain at this level until at least the end of the decade. We are committed to helping victims of the disease get the compensation they deserve.”
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