The number of compensation claims for asbestos-related diseases in Greater Manchester is set to soar over the next ten years according to information gained under Freedom of Information requests. The figures have shown that £1.8 million has already been paid out by the region’s councils over recent years and it is likely that more claims will be made over the next few years. In the last year alone, almost £600,000 was paid out by Manchester council to those suffering from conditions related to asbestos exposure, many of which were suffering from the deadly disease mesothelioma. Most of the cases pre-dated the 1980s as the disease can often take years to manifest.
Many of the victims were exposed to the substance in places like offices, community centres and even schools due to its use as insulation material. Mesothelioma is caused by inhalation of the fibres which remain in the lungs, attacking the lining and eventually becoming fatal to the sufferer. The number of deaths related to this type of cancer has risen by 500% during the period between 1982 and 2011 and 90 people died from the disease in Greater Manchester in 2011 alone. It is thought that many more people could suffer from the disease in the coming years resulting in a surge in compensation claims for political and employer negligence.
Illnesses caused by another person, establishment or caused by a lack of health and safety precautions can have serious consequences, particularly in the case of asbestos-related diseases. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer and many who now suffer from it were not protected from the deadly fibres in their place of work or even at their school. This means that someone else was negligent and may have indirectly caused the suffering of the people who now have the fatal disease. If you have suffered from a fatal illness and someone else was at fault, you can also claim for compensation to help you and your family through this difficult time.
Making your claim
Accident Advice Helpline can assist you with your claim and understand that it is a difficult time for you and your family. Call us free on our 24-hour helpline to speak with an adviser who will talk you through the process of claiming and will respect your decision, whether you want to pursue your claim or not. Contact us for some no-obligation advice and we could help you win a cash sum that could contribute to medical costs and to the cost of your family’s suffering as well as your own.
Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown