Noted Mesothelioma Victim to be Subject of Australian Miniseries

by Sokolove Law

two-part miniseries chronicling the life of Bernie Banton, an Australian man who became a social advocate for asbestos disease compensation following his mesothelioma diagnosis, will premiere later this year on Australian television.

The miniseries, called Devil’s Dust, will begin filming later this month, and is based on the book Killer Company-which chronicled Banton’s struggle as a former employee of James Hardie who was sickened because of his continued work with asbestos products while at material manufacturing company.

According to the Herald Sun, Banton was a former employee at James Hardie who was diagnosed with asbestosis, pleural mesothelioma, and Asbestos-Related Pleural Disease in 1999. In the years that followed before he passed away in 2007, he became known in Australia as a public face of asbestos illnesses that were caused by the widespread usage of asbestos throughout the country for much of the 20th Century. The two-part miniseries will follow Banton’s battle against James Hardie through the eyes of Matt Peacock, the author of Killer Company.

James Hardie Industries was based in Australia in 2001 and manufactured a number of asbestos products dating back to the 1920s. While document have shown that the company was aware of the dangers associated with asbestos exposure by the 1960s, it did not warn employees of the health risks and manufactured products that contained asbestos until 1983.

If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos by a former employer, contact Sokolove Law today to learn more about pursuing a mesothelioma lawsuit.