This month, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) released the latest mesothelioma statistics, outlining Mesothelioma deaths by geographical area from 1981-2020.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs and it is most commonly associated with exposure to asbestos. It can take years for the symptoms of mesothelioma to show, and most people will not be diagnosed until decades after they were harmfully exposed to asbestos fibres.
As Industrial Disease Lawyers, we see the devasting effect a Mesothelioma diagnosis can have on an individual and their loved ones, and it is saddening to hear that people are still dying from this terrible disease.
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we could help you secure support, rehabilitation and compensation. For more information, get in touch with our expert Mesothelioma Claims Solicitors.
How Many People are Dying from Mesothelioma?
Although the use of asbestos was fully banned in the UK in 1999, we are still continuing to see the full scale of its impact on workers exposed to the toxic fibres throughout the 20th century.
Mesothelioma now accounts for 20 percent of deaths caused by occupational lung diseases in Great Britain, and in the last decade, there were nearly four times as many mesothelioma deaths as there were in the 1980s.
According to the HSE, between 1981 and 2020, 55,945 men and 10,185 women have died from mesothelioma. These statistics highlight an ongoing trend of men being more likely to die from mesothelioma as a result of having had more exposure to asbestos in occupational settings in the mid-1900’s.
However, the main focus of the HSE’s latest statistics was to highlight how mesothelioma mortality rates vary depending on location.
Which Areas are the Worst Affected?
In order to identify the areas in Great Britain that are worst affected by mesothelioma, the HSE have utilised Standardised Mortality Ratios (SMRs) which compare the mortality rate in particular regions with the country as whole.
From 1981-2020, the highest rates of mesothelioma-related mortalities for men were seen in the following regions:
Scotland was also found to have some of the highest mortality rates during this time period. However, apart from the East and the North-West of England, mortality rates have slightly decreased over time in these areas.
In contrast, the HSE found that whilst the number of mesothelioma deaths were lower in the East Midlands, West Midlands and Wales, they experienced the most rapid increase in SMRs from 1981-2020.
For women, the highest rates throughout this period as a whole were found in the North-East, South-East, Yorkshire and The Humber and London.
How can a Mesothelioma Claims Solicitor Help?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you could be entitled to compensation and support.
Because mesothelioma takes so long to develop, the process for making a claim can be complex. You may be unsure about where you were exposed to asbestos, or the company responsible might have ceased trading.
Our Mesothelioma Claims Solicitors are experts and will conduct an investigation on your behalf to identify where you were dangerously exposed to asbestos fibres before pursuing compensation.
If you were inadequately protected by a former employer and they’re no longer trading, you shouldn’t be deterred from making a claim. In most cases, we will still be able find their insurance company and bring a claim against them.
When you first call us, we’ll offer you a free claims assessment where we’ll listen to the details of your situation and let you know if we think you have a strong case. Get in touch with us today to find out if we can support you on a No Win, No Fee basis.
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