19 May 2015
Asbestos in Schools: Gran Diagnosed with Mesothelioma Takes Legal Action
With the help of Slater and Gordon Lawyers, a grandmother of six is determined to find the cause of her asbestos-related lung disease.
Jennie Moore formerly worked as a cleaner at Blackheath Bluecoat School between 1990 and 1998. In 2013, she began to suffer chest pains and discomfort, which a GP diagnosed as gastric problems to be treated with antibiotics.
When her chest pains worsened she returned to her doctor in 2014 before being sent from one hospital to another for chest x-rays and biopsies. By June, Mrs Moore was diagnosed with malignant Mesothelioma and underwent chemotherapy.
Mrs Moore recalled, “At one stage there were contractors with white boiler suits ripping out the pipework which I believe had been lagged with asbestos. There were warning signs erected in the area warning of the presence of asbestos in the cupboard areas. The area had also sheeting placed around it, but this was loose.
"The contractors were wearing white paper suits from head to toe and were also wearing respirators, but nothing like that was given to me. The area was very dusty and dirty and I believe that the pipe lagging was being removed during this time yet no safety measures were made for cleaners. It’s not right.”
The grandmother of six has enlisted the help of Slater and Gordon Lawyers in appealing for any former colleagues from Blackheath Bluecoat School to help her case by providing information. Read more about Mrs Moore’s case here.
For those less aware of the effects of asbestos dust, the traumatic news of asbestos-related lung disease can come 10-20 years after the initial exposure. Doctors are only able to detect the symptoms sometimes 30-40 years after exposure.
The presence of asbestos in school buildings poses a threat to the children and staff who could potentially be exposed and not be aware of the effects of Mesothelioma for many years.
Read our recent blog on the asbestos in schools here.
Edmund Young is a Principal Personal Injury Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK, specialising in industrial disease claims including asbestos-related diseases.
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