Often caused by asbestos exposure, mesothelioma is a type of cancer which usually develops in the lining of the lungs or abdomen. Sadly, as it can become apparent up to 60 years after a person's initial exposure to asbestos, this condition is typically diagnosed at an advanced stage.
Consequently, according to the NHS, the outlook for individuals who have developed mesothelioma is poor – and most will succumb to their illnesses within the three years following this condition's detection.
Mesothelioma claims the lives of approximately 1,800 people every year and, although individuals in other countries have been diagnosed with this condition, it might be largely associated with the United Kingdom, with some sources even referring to it as "the British disease".
Mesothelioma – the British disease?
Individuals seem to be associating mesothelioma with our country due to the high number of deaths resulting from this condition. For example, according to the World Health Organization, between 1994 and 2008, "By country, the United Kingdom had the highest age-adjusted mortality rate, at 17.8 per million, followed by Australia, at 16.5 per million, and Italy, at 10.3 per million".
This high number of fatalities could be due to the widespread use of asbestos during the 20th century. Although many individuals might not have realised this material carried a number of health risks, it was frequently employed within numerous industries, such as shipbuilding, manufacturing, plumbing, and construction.
In fact, asbestos was used so frequently in this particular sector that any property renovated or built before the year 2000 can still contain this substance. Fortunately, a complete ban on the importation, use, and supply of asbestos came into effect during 1999; however people are still suffering the effects of asbestos-related diseases today.
For instance, it has been claimed that between the year 2000 and the end of 2013, at least 60,000 Britons will have succumbed to these conditions. Furthermore, in 2013, a statement from Lord Freud – the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Welfare Reform – painted a troubling picture of the future, saying, "We expect there to be roughly 28,000 deaths from mesothelioma between July 2012 and March 2024."
If accurate, these claims might justify the unofficial title for mesothelioma. Yet, regardless of whether or not this condition can be called "the British disease", Seth Lovis & Co recognises that mesothelioma is a devastating illness and will strive to help those suffering with the disease claim compensation.
Making a mesothelioma claim through Seth Lovis & Co
If you have developed mesothelioma due to the negligence of an employer or other individual, you may be entitled to claim asbestos compensation through Seth Lovis & Co. Our team of solicitors realise that asbestos-related illnesses can have a number of negative effects and would like to help you receive damages through a mesothelioma claim.
Please contact our department today on 0808 252 0678 or complete an online enquiry form to find out more information about our services.