The Sydney morning herald recently reported that John McDonald, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2011, believes it was caused by his exposure to asbestos during renovations at his school and he could take action against the state government.
Mr McDonald’s lawyer has suggested that there is evidence that James Hardie’s asbestos building materials were used during the school’s renovations. If Mr McDonald is to go ahead with his mesothelioma compensation claim, it is likely to be against both the state government as the occupier of the school and James Hardie as the manufacture of asbestos building materials.
The life expectancy prediction for somebody suffering mesothelioma is sadly not very long therefore Mr McDonald is doing all he can to collect evidence so he can receive mesothelioma compensation.
Although the use of asbestos is now prohibited, the health risks associated with exposure to asbestos are still a major problem for Australia today. Australian deaths from asbestos related diseases like mesothelioma are not expected to peak until the year 2025. In 2010 mesothelioma claimed the life of 642 people, with this number expected to rise. We can only hope that sufferers such as John McDonald receive mesothelioma compensation to assist in their time of need.