Personal injury solicitors in the North East could soon find themselves representing an increasing number of families of mesothelioma cases.
Stephen Hepburn, the Member of Parliament for Jarrow, obtained official statistics that showed there were 75 deaths from mesothelioma between the years 2005 and 2010. Furthermore, the majority of these asbestos-related deaths occurred between 2009 and 2010.
He also discovered that the number of people who were dying from the disease is increasing and this could lead to a rising number of personal injury at work claims from surviving family members.
Anne Craig lost her husband to the disease back in 2002. She now works as an official for the Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund. She recently told the shields Gazette that deaths from the disease are continuing to increase and it will be several years before they peak.
It takes an average of 40 years after being exposure to asbestos for the disease to develop, but it could appear after as many as 60 years. Although the use of asbestos is now banned in construction and industry, it peaked during the 1970s and therefore it is likely that personal injury compensation claims will continue to rise for the next ten years.
It’s not only the North East that appears to have this problem. We’ve read reports recently of an increase in the number of mesothelioma in Barrow in Furness, Cumbria and West Dorset. Both areas were famous for shipbuilding as was the Tyne and Wear region.