Deadly Asbestos Legacy Continues

From Belfast comes yet another tale of how secondhand asbestos exposure can drastically affect the lives of an entire family.  Patrick Rickard worked at the Harland and Wollf shipyard in Belfast spraying asbestos from 1949 to 1969 and died from a lung condition due to asbestos exposure in 1974. 

Unfortunately, like all the men who worked at shipyards during this time, Mr. Rickard was unaware of the health consequences of asbestos exposure for both he and his family. When their father returned home, the nine Rickard children would play with their father, comb his asbestos filled hair, shake his dusty work clothes, and play with his protective mask. 

On top of that, the Rickard’s lived in a small two bedroom house where the children slept in the same room their father’s asbestos-ridden work clothing. Sadly, they now realize just how dangerous this living situation was.  Of the nine siblings, six have been diagnosed with lung damage due to asbestos fibers, Sean has just finished treatment for mesothelioma, and the other two have simply refused to be tested. 

Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer caused by asbestos exposure that can take from 30 to 40 years to develop.  As Sean puts it, “My whole family now lives with a ticking time bomb.  It’s scary to think this was passed on by something as innocent as a father giving his children a hug.” 

Sean continues to maintain a positive attitude and hopes a new treatment will develop while he’s still around.  Read the full article here.

Are you or a loved one a shipyard worker diagnosed with mesothelioma?  Workers diagnosed with mesothelioma may be able to bring a mesothelioma lawsuit against companies who manufactured or sold asbestos products that were used on the ships. Contact a mesothelioma lawyer in order to learn more about asbestos law and find out if you or a loved one may be deserving of a mesothelioma settlement.