The use of asbestos may now be banned in the UK, but it still has a devastating impact on families today.
According to research from the Health and Safety Executive, there are over 5,000 asbestos-related deaths every year in the UK. Around 2,500 of these deaths are due to mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is one of the most common causes of lung cancer, behind smoking, and the number of people killed by asbestos exposure will continue to rise until 2020.
Nothing can ever compensate for the loss of a beloved husband, father or sister. However, with asbestos still devastating thousands of lives today, it is only right that those who negligently exposed people to asbestos are held to account for the pain and suffering they have caused and provide financial security for the bereaved.