Fieldfisher is one of the UK's foremost mesothelioma
claims practice. We are renowned for our success and
commitment in the pursuit of mesothelioma claims and other asbestos
Our mesothelioma team act on a
'no win, no fee' basis. Our specialist
team of solicitors will always visit you at home, regardless of
your location. Legal 500, a leading legal directory, describes our
solicitors as being 'in a league of their own nationally'
and 'head and shoulders above the rest in terms of skills,
experience and quality'.
We are aggressive in our pursuit of mesothelioma claims and
asbestos disease claims against employers and their insurers for
compensation. Our formidable team members are recognised as some of
the UK's leading litigators. We have been involved in landmark
mesothelioma cases. Our innovation and Caroline Pinfold's court success led to
claimants being able to reclaim care costs on behalf of hospices as
part of a mesothelioma claim.
We are proud sponsors of Mesothelioma UK, a
national resource centre dedicated to providing specialist
Mesothelioma information, support & improved care and
We have successfully concluded over 2,500 mesothelioma and
asbestos compensation claims, recovering over £190 million in
compensation on behalf of sufferers and their families, throughout
the UK and abroad.
Asbestos is known as the 'silent killer', with the effects
sometimes not making themselves known for 30 – 40 years after
The most common types of claims resulting from asbestos exposure
For more information or if you would like to discuss a potential
legal claim, please don't hesitate to call us on freephone 0800 358
3848, email firstname.lastname@example.org
or complete our short enquiry form.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that affects the lungs and the
abdomen. It is a cancer of the mesothelial cells which cover the
outer surface of most of our internal organs. The cells form a
lining that is sometimes called the mesothelium. This is where the
cancer gets it's names. Mesothelioma can develop in the tissues
covering the lungs and abdomen.
Mesothelioma in the chest
The tissues lining (or covering) the lungs are called the
pleura. Mesothelioma is most often diagnosed in the pleura. This is
known as pleural mesothelioma.
About two thirds or three quarters of mesotheliomas occur in the
chest (67 to 75%). They start in the two sheets of tissue known as
pleural membranes (or pleura) that cover the lungs. The gap between
the pleura is called the pleural space.
The pleura are fibrous sheets that help to protect the lungs.
They also produce a lubricating fluid that helps the pleural
membranes to slide over each other easily when the lungs expand and
deflate as we breathe. Mesothelioma of the pleura is called pleural
The sheet of tissue covering the heart (the pericardium) is very
close to the pleura. So in some people pleural mesothelioma may
also spread into the pericardium.
Mesothelioma in the abdomen
The tissue lining the abdomen is called the peritoneum.
Mesothelioma that develops in this tissue is known as peritoneal
mesothelioma. This type of cancer is much less common than pleural
The sheet of tissue covering the organs of the abdomen (tummy)
is called the peritoneum. It helps to protect the contents of the
abdomen and keep them in place. It also produces a lubricating
fluid. The fluid helps the abdominal organs to move smoothly
against each other as we move around.
Mesothelioma of the tissues lining the abdominal cavity is known
as peritoneal mesothelioma. Between a quarter and a third of
mesotheliomas occur in the abdomen (25 to 33%). So it is much less
common than pleural mesothelioma. Peritoneal mesothelioma does not
usually spread to other parts of the body.
It is unusual for mesothelioma to spread to other parts of the
body. But if it does, it does not usually cause troublesome
Mesothelioma risks and causes
Mesothelioma is quite a rare cancer, but it is becoming more
common. In the UK mesothelioma is much more common in men than
women, mainly because it is caused by exposure to asbestos.
The main cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Between
7 and 8 out of every 10 people diagnosed with mesothelioma say they
have been in contact with asbestos.
Your risk of contracting mesothelioma is greater if you were
exposed to large amounts of it from an early age for a very long
period of time. But some people say they have no history of any
heavy exposure to asbestos.
How asbestos causes mesothelioma
Asbestos is made up of tiny fibres. You can breathe these fibres
in when you come into contact with asbestos. The fibres work their
way into the pleura, lining the lung.
They irritate the pleura and may cause gene changes (mutations)
that lead to the growth of cancer. Some of the fibres that have
been breathed in can be coughed up and swallowed. This is probably
the cause of peritoneal mesothelioma.
If you have been exposed to asbestos, your family may also have
been exposed. Asbestos fibres can be carried home on your clothes.
Research studies have confirmed that the families of people exposed
to asbestos also have a higher risk of developing mesothelioma.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and would like further
information please contact a member of our mesothelioma and asbestos team on
freephone 0800 358 3848 or email email@example.com