Asbestos Support Group Calls On Victims

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The Barking and Dagenham Asbestos Victims Support Group are launching an appeal for former residents and workers to get in contact with them so they can compile a record about those who have been affected.

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The Barking and Dagenham Asbestos Victims Support Group are launching an appeal for former residents and workers to get in contact with them so they can compile a record about those who have been affected.

The appeal is being launched at Barking Town Hall on February 27th at 2pm and is hoping to attract those who have been affected by asbestos related diseases. Attending the event will be Dagenham MP John Cruddas, a mesothelioma victim, a medical expert and someone who will be giving advice about any entitlement victims may have to benefits.

The Barking and Dagenham Asbestos Victims Support Group was set up in order to offer free advice and support to asbestos sufferers and their families. They now have drop - in sessions and free telephone advice for anyone who has been affected by it and doesn't know what to do. The group has professionals who work closely with the Benefits Agency and can help victims with compensation claims, provide contacts and fill in forms.

One of the reasons that the group was set up in this area is because Barking and its surrounding towns have a bad history when it comes to asbestos. As a result of this, the area has seen a large number of people suffering from asbestos related diseases such as mesothelioma and asbestos cancer.

The victims support group have done several case studies into people who have suffered from related illnesses. A common factor amongst many of them is that they were never warned about the dangers of asbestos and as a result this has had tragic consequences. However, this does make victims' cases even stronger when it comes to claiming compensation.

Because these illnesses can take decades to develop workers at the support group want to hear from people regardless of whether they know they are ill or not. This part of London has an exceptionally high asbestos mortality rate and statistics have revealed that people living in Barking and Dagenham are more likely to be ill with a long - term disease than anywhere else in London.

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