Portsmouth asbestos deaths amongst highest nationally
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Having a special interest in claims arising out of asbestos exposure I was not
surprised to read in Friday's Portsmouth Evening News that Portsmouth has one of the highest asbestos related death counts nationally.
This is according to statistics from the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). These show that the deaths of 11 people in every 200 000 who die in the city are due to asbestos. This compares to a national average of five out of 200 000.
Further the figures relate to 2006 to 2010 which show that 67 deaths in the area during this time were owing to mesothelioma. APIL president David Bott said:
"More people die of mesothelioma in Portsmouth per head of the population than most other parts of the country. This is bad enough but the number of men dying from this disease is set to peak in the next five years. And what many people don't realise is hundreds of sufferers across the UK cannot get access to the compensation they need to help them through the last days of their lives. What is needed is for the Government to bring forward proposals for a fund of last resort which would act as a safety net for injured workers. Workers who have developed mesothelioma are sometimes unable to pursue a claim for damages because they can no longer trace the employer who exposed them to asbestos. This is because symptoms often come decades after a worker has inhaled asbestos fibres"
It is worth mentioning, however, that even if employers and / or their insurers can not be traced, any individual suffering from an asbestos related illness (other than pleural plaques) can apply for a payment under the Pneumoconiosis (Workers Compensation) Act 1979.
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