Asbestos Legacy Kills Six People Per Day – Fareham and Eastleigh amongst Worst Hit Areas
New figures released have shown that six people die of mesothelioma every day in England and Wales – and Fareham and Eastleigh have been listed respectively as the 5th and 6th highest areas for mortality.
Mesothelioma is a cancer caused only by exposure to asbestos and for which there is no cure. Those that are diagnosed typically live no more than 12 to 18 months. Its prevalence can be linked back to the heavy industries of the 50s, 60s and 70s, when asbestos use was widespread despite companies knowledge of the dangers. Fareham and Eastleigh are particularly vulnerable to this because of the number of people that worked in the dockyards in Southampton and Portsmouth, shipbuilding, power stations, construction and on the railways.
Onset of the disease can take decades to occur, meaning that for most, their exposure has already happened.
Although use of asbestos has now been banned in the UK, its legacy still surrounds us and will do for many years to come. The number of deaths has increased by nearly a third in the past 10 years, and is expected to peak in 2018. But it is expected that many deaths will continue over the next 10 to 20 years.
At Coffin Mew, we act for people who have developed asbestos related conditions as a result of their previous exposure and are pursuing a personal injury claim as a result. We see on a day to day basis the catastrophic effect this disease can have on people’s lives and their families, and we work alongside them to guide then through the legal process and help them plan for the future.