Personal injury solicitors are often asked to deal with asbestos related injury claims and now new statistics show that the problem is more prevalent in some areas of the country than in others.
Data collected by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers shows that Barrow in Furness has the highest fatality rate from asbestos related diseased at 8.4 deaths per 100,000 people. Bottom of the list came Westminster with only 0.9 death per 100,000.
Mesothelioma is one disease that is caused by inhaling asbestos dust. However, David Bott, the president of APIL, explained that a lot of workers who had developed the disease were unable to pursue a personal injury claim because there was not trace of their former employer.
It is thought that the number of men who die from the complaint is likely to increase over the next five years and many of these sufferers will be unable to get personal injury compensation.
One area with a higher than average rate of mesothelioma is West Dorset. The West Dorset coroner has suggested that this is due to the former naval dockyard and said anyone who served in the navy prior to the 80s was probably exposed to asbestos. However, it is not only sailors who suffer. Builders, carpenters, dentists and doctors are all at risk.
APIL is now calling on the government to set up a fund to help injured workers who are unable to pursue justice through the courts.