Recent data from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) confirms that the mesothelioma death rate across England is increasing.
The new research shows that in England, the average mesothelioma death date currently sits at 4.5 deaths for every 100,000 people. Between 2008-2012, the rate was 2.6, which indicates a significant rise since that period.
Helpfully the Association has also listed the ten areas in England, where the mesothelioma death rate is at its highest. In order, said ten areas are:
- South Tyneside
- North Tyneside
- Newcastle Upon Tyne
- Castle Point
Commenting, Jonathan Wheeler, Who is APIL’s President, stated:
“Mesothelioma is a legacy of Britain’s industrial heritage…”
“Thankfully, employers nowadays are more aware of the dangers of exposing workers to asbestos. But those who were exposed 30 or 40 years ago are now facing death sentences for simply turning up to work.”
“Our members are lawyers and many of them see former dockworkers, factory workers, tradesmen and even teachers, who have never worked in heavy industry but have been exposed in schools, seeking compensation to make them comfortable in their final months, and to ensure their families will be secure financially. But because records have been lost or destroyed over time, it is not always possible to track down the former employers’ insurers, which is what you really need to do to be able to claim compensation.
“There is now a Government fund of last resort for them to turn to in that eventuality but it doesn’t quite go far enough. It needs to be extended to include other asbestos-related diseases, such as asbestosis, so that other suffering workers can get the justice they need and deserve.”
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