Former Australian Minister of Parliament Ernie Bridge died from mesothelioma cancer, according to the Australian Broadcast Corporation. Bridge, 76, was only recently diagnosed with the incurable asbestos-caused cancer.
You don’t have to come from privilege, you don’t have to have gone to the best schools, you can be of any background and you can do good things,” said a colleague of Bridge.
He was the first aboriginal cabinet member in any Australian government. According to ABC, he worked as a country music performer until 1986, when he joined the Labor Government as minister of water resources.
At his death, Bridge was suing a regional government, and several mine operators. He blamed them for exposing him to asbestos when, as minister, he visited the asbestos-plagued town of Wittenoom in the late 1980s. He was overseeing the withdrawal of government services there. His attorney said Bridge was seeking damages.
For decades, Wittenoom was the site of blue asbestos (crocidolite) mining operations. Unfortunately, crocidolite is one of the most dangerous forms of asbestos. Even short exposures to this known carcinogen can cause a variety of fatal diseases.
If you or a loved one has been exposed to asbestos and has developed mesothelioma or another asbestos-related condition as a result, you may be entitled to financial compensation. A successful mesothelioma lawsuit can help pay medical bills and other expenses. Contact the experienced mesothelioma attorneys at Sokolove Law to get a free case evaluation today.