(PRWEB UK) 10 September 2013
Cases of mesothelioma are continuing to rise towards an expected peak of male cases in 2016 as forecast by the Health & Safety Executive (http://www.hse.gov.uk/research/rrpdf/rr876.pdf, published in 2011), and as diagnosed cases rise the Asbestos Advice Helpline expect that claims for compensation will also rise accordingly. In addition, the Mesothelioma Bill (http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2013-14/mesothelioma.html, accessed 29/08/2013), which has passed the House of Lords and is currently awaiting its first reading in the House of Commons, is expected to aid compensation efforts for those who cannot trace the relevant insurer or employer. To ensure public awareness the Asbestos Advice Helpline have released an infographic detailing the effects of the disease, which can be seen at http://www.asbestosadvicehelpline.com/uncategorized/the-facts-about-mesothelioma/.
Asbestos Advice Helpline spokesperson Linda Fletcher said: “Mesothelioma is a deadly disease which manifests many years after initial exposure and although the use of asbestos has been banned in the UK since 1988, cases are still rising. In most cases, mesothelioma is fatal within 12 months of diagnosis so we believe that it is vital to ensure public awareness to help sufferers gain prompt diagnosis and secure the appropriate compensation to which they and their families are entitled. An infographic is an excellent way to promote awareness, as it can be easily shared and understood.”
The Asbestos Advice Helpline was established to help those suffering from asbestos related diseases and who may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. The Asbestos Advice Helpline operate on a no win no fee policy to help those afflicted and their families to deal with the legal procedures of making a claim. Asbestos was widely used before its ban and has affected many trade professionals who worked with it at the time, as well as people who may have come into contact with it since without knowing. Asbestos kills around 4,500 people a year from related diseases including asbestosis, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Ms. Fletcher added, “The Mesothelioma Bill will assist those who cannot trace the insurer or employer who exposed them. However this will be a fund of last resort. Unfortunately, as currently drafted, the Bill will only provide 75% of the civil compensation to which a claimant would normally be entitled, and it is not expected to come into force until next year. Anybody diagnosed with mesothelioma should start looking into a claim without delay, as in 90% of cases the insurer or employer can be traced and they would be able to claim the full compensation amount.”
For more information, to make a claim with The Asbestos Advice Helpline, or to contact them about any of their services, visit them at their website, http://www.asbestosadvicehelpline.com.