Mesothelioma is a life changing, limiting and ultimately terminal illness which is diagnosed more than 2000 times a year in the UK. As well as those finding out they have the disease a further 2,500 die of the disease each year. It’s a cancerous disease which is closely linked with workplace exposure to asbestos and the figures for the future continue to look bleak.
The UK has one of the world’s highest rates of mesothelioma around the world due to the historical use of asbestos in building construction. Statistics from the Health and Safety Executive assert that men are five times more likely to develop and be diagnosed with the disease than women and the number of deaths from the disease in 2012 was 2,525, an increase of the 2,291 in 2011.
Estimates also suggest that this is only the tip of the iceberg. In the next thirty years predictions suggest that around 60,000 more people will die from the disease, which equates to an eightfold increase on the current rates or mortality. Mesothelioma kills as many people as skin cancer each year but due to changes in sun safety and awareness mesothelioma figures will soon be overtaking.
Unfortunately the damage that has been done by asbestos in the past can’t be undone but leading bodies in the mesothelioma fight such as the British Lung Foundation are adamant in their belief that proper research and funding into the condition may be the best way forward. The charity believes the government and insurance companies should be providing more funding for mesothelioma research on the basis that insurance companies may be able to avoid the glut of mesothelioma compensation claims which are raised and justifiably won on an annual basis.
There is also hope that funding into research may help relieve the pressure on the NHS and help ensure those diagnosed with the condition aren’t facing a long and painful battle to the end.
Mesothelioma develops in such a way that sufferers are generally no longer able to work or live comfortably. Mesothelioma effects the lining of the body’s internal organs and is most commonly found in the lungs and chest, as well as the abdomen.
The financial consequences of mesothelioma are great, they can involve the loss of an entire wage and there can also be the financial implications of regular prescriptions, medical support and even changes to the home so it is more easily accessible to the individual living with the condition.
Compensation for mesothelioma is usually brought by individuals who have worked in environments where asbestos was prevalent but has also been sought by people who worked or spent large amounts of time in buildings with high levels of asbestos such as schools. Seeking compensation for mesothelioma requires the support of a professional personal injury solicitor and with the number of cases of people living with the condition increases, more and more cases are being fought.