Penny Garner, a woman living in Salford, UK, found out in 2011 that she was suffering from mesothelioma. While this condition can have other causes, the most common, and likely, cause is that her condition was caused by exposure to asbestos some time ago.
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that’s relatively rare. It’s caused by cells in the mesothelium transforming as a result of external factors. The most common external factor which can cause this transformation is the inhalation of small asbestos fibers.
Unusual Mesothelioma Asbestos Claim
Ms Garner is currently in the process of making an asbestos claim in an attempt to win compensation. The solicitors who are representing Ms Garner in her claim are arguing that the mesothelioma that Ms Garner is now suffering from was caused by exposure to asbestos fibers in the 1970s. They believe that this exposure took place whilst Ms Garner was at Seedley Primary School which was right next to where an old swimming pool was being demolished.
This is a slightly unusual case in that the person suffering from mesothelioma has no history of working with asbestos. It has previously been thought that a victim needed to have had prolonged exposure to airborne asbestos fibers in order to develop mesothelioma later down the line. This case brings this assumption into question.
One key question is whether other children at the primary school have developed symptoms of mesothelioma. If the answer is ‘no’, should they be concerned?
The case involving Mr Garner is currently ongoing and Salford City Council, who are responsible for the demolition of the nearby swimming pool, have declined to comment until the case has been fully resolved.