Figures reveal asbestos’s deadly legacy

30th November 2016

Figures reveal asbestos’s deadly legacy

Six people die of mesothelioma due to exposure to asbestos every day in England and Wales, new figures have revealed.

According to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL), the number of deaths from mesothelioma has rocketed by nearly a third in the past ten years, with the figure expected to peak in 2018.

Asbestos’s deadly legacy has brought tragedy and torment to thousands of families, particularly here in Suffolk, where the effect of exposure to the material continues to be felt.

This is especially so for those who worked in the county’s industrial hubs, including the Cliff Quay Power Station, Ipswich Sugar Beet factory and Cranes, to name just three.

APIL President Neil Sugarman said: “Areas most affected by a high rate of deaths from mesothelioma are no doubt seeing the effects of past industry where workers were negligently exposed to asbestos.

“This is despite the risks being well-known since as far back as the 1950s. People went to work and came home with a needless death sentence.”

Gotelee is a member of APIL, a national not-for-profit group which campaigns for redress for sick and dying workers.

Mesothelioma is a lung cancer exclusively linked to exposure to asbestos, which often takes place many years before the disease emerges. It is always fatal, often within 18 months of diagnosis.

“The suffering of families affected by mesothelioma demonstrates how important it is that lessons are learned and health and safety in the workplace is respected,” said Mr Sugarman.

“As the effects of more robust regulation of the use of asbestos and better safety practices come to fruition, the number of needless deaths should start to decline.”

“Construction workers and associated tradesmen are a high-risk group for asbestos exposure, as are shipbuilders. Even teachers are at risk as asbestos was used so widely when building schools. Nineteen teachers are dying from mesothelioma each year.

“It’s a national tragedy.”

How can our personal injury solicitors help?

Our expert team of Suffolk personal injury lawyers have a wealth of experience in claims of this kind, acting for both the person exposed to asbestos and their families.

We understand the emotional trauma involved and pride ourselves on treating our clients with care and sensitivity.

If you or a member of your family has suffered an asbestos-related illness or if you have lost a loved one to the disease, you may be able to make a claim for compensation and claim state benefits.

We can advise you as to the merits of your claim at a free initial appointment at one of our offices in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Hadleigh, Woodbridge or Melton.

We can also arrange a home visit if required and offer a fully insurance-protected No-Win No-Fee conditional fee agreement.

To find out more, call 01473 298125 or complete our online enquiry form.

Partner
Practice Areas
Accident and Personal Injury Claims
Chartered Legal Executive and Associate
Chartered Legal Executive, Associate
Blog Posts

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – FAQS

06/04/2020

As part of its package to support employers, businesses and employees during the COVID-19…

Read More
Upcoming Events

Supply Chain Supper Club – February 2020

05/02/2020

This event is invite only. If you would like to receive an invite, please…

Read More
News Posts

7 key issues to consider when making redundancies

22/05/2020

Unfortunately, the country is likely to face a difficult economic climate for some time…

Read More

Testimonials

"Prompt, helpful, polite and very professional service"

-

"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."

- SH

"This is by far the go-to firm for any issues. You are made to feel valued from the outset and they are so confident in what they do. Wouldn't recommend any other. Thank you Hugh and Max."

- Ros Jones

"I would like to say thank you for your help, support and guidance over the last two and a half years. Obviously should I need further assistance in the future I shall not hesitate to call you guys."

-

"“ This is the second time we have used Tracey for the conveyancing to buy our new home. She is always completely approachable, she has helped us along the way with advice and useful tips that has helped lessen the stress. We have complete confidence in her and would not hesitate to recommend her to our friends and family”.  - Peter Dawes, Cater Dawes Financial Planning "

-

"The ease that we could access and speak to Pat Smith - Thank you"

-

"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"

- MT

"Jade made the process of buying our first home quick, easy and took the stress out of a new chapter of our lives"

-

"Jade Shelton was absolutely fantastic!! Professional and proactive at all times."

- JH

"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"

- CT

Please select preferred method of contact

* We will only contact you by telephone if you select this as primary form of contact. All web enquiries will be stored on our website for 30 days.