Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelial cells and affects the pleura (the lining of the lungs) and the peritoneum (the lining surrounding the lower digestive tract). Mesothelioma is closely related to asbestos, particularly among men, and is usually a direct result of exposure in occupational settings. However, mesothelioma has been reported in people without any known occupational exposure to asbestos, for example children who have come into contact with a family member with asbestos on their clothing.
The delay between initial exposure to asbestos and diagnosis can be anywhere from 10 - 50 years. Employers should protect workers from coming into contact with hazardous substances; if they have not done so in your case and you are suffering as a result then you can apply for compensation. Even if you no longer work for that employer, or the company no longer exists, you may still be able to claim.
Every client has the right to seek proper compensation to help them access the best possible specialised medical treatment, as well as to make life a little easier in these very difficult circumstances. It is hard enough to come to terms with having this disease without also having to go through any stress related to finding good quality, expert legal advice.