Long-serving Australian Football League (AFL) senior doctor and Essendon Football Club Senior Medical Officer Dr. Bruce Reid passed away after battling mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that develops in the lining of internal organs. Reid was 74.

Reid was described as “a wonderful bloke,” by former Essendon fitness coach John Quinn. “There’s never going to be another Bruce Reid,” he said. “He’s known across the industry and one of the greats. He was a great doctor and just his insight and ability to see what was going on, but beyond all that, he was just a good person.

“It’s not just a loss for Essendon, it’s a loss for sports medicine in Australian and a loss for football in Australia.”

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos, a durable and fire-resistant mineral that was widely used in construction and shipbuilding materials and friction products. At least 50 countries have banned the use of asbestos, including Australia in 2003. The mineral is restricted but not banned in the United States.

Asbestos is rarely used now because it is a known carcinogen and strongly linked to mesothelioma. It can take up to 50 years for mesothelioma symptoms to appear. Once diagnosed, most people die within 12 to 24 months even with treatment.

Millions of people have been exposed to asbestos through the years, especially in the workplace, including miners, factory workers, insulation manufacturers and installers, railroad and automotive workers, shipbuilders, plumbers, construction workers, and military veterans, especially those who served in the Navy.

Family members of individuals who worked in environments where they were exposed to asbestos can also be at risk for secondary asbestos exposure because the fibers can adhere to workers’ clothing and be carried home.

Mesothelioma litigation

Beasley Allen lawyers handle mesothelioma claims. They are looking at cases of industrial, occupational and secondary asbestos exposure resulting in lung cancer or mesothelioma as well as claims of asbestos-related talc products linked to mesothelioma. Charlie Stern in our Toxic Torts Section is the lead attorney working on these types of cases. As an experienced mesothelioma lawyer, Charlie is well equipped to tackle asbestos cases, which are highly complicated and require someone with a true understanding of the facts, medical issues, science and law. He is working together with Will Sutton, an experienced lawyer in our Toxic Torts Section. Contact us for more information.

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