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Finding out that you or a family member are suffering from an asbestos-related disease such as asbestosis or mesothelioma can be devastating. It is normal to be confused, upset and angry. You are likely to find yourself dealing with a number of serious consequences for your/your loved one’s health, as well as financial problems and other practical challenges.
Asbestos-related diseases are often the result of negligence on the part of an employer who did not adequately protect their employees against the risk of asbestos exposure. In such cases, you are likely to be entitled to compensation.
While compensation cannot undo the damage caused by asbestos exposure, it can help individuals and families to cope with the impact by funding the very best medical treatment and care support, as well as replacing lost income.
At Novum Law, our dedicated team of asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers in Plymouth can offer sensitive personal support during this difficult time. With strong expertise in asbestos claims, we provide an honest assessment of whether you are likely to be entitled to compensation and the level of damages that may be available.
We offer No Win No Fee funding, meaning you can make an asbestos disease compensation claim with absolutely no financial risk or hidden costs.
With strong negotiation skills, our team can typically secure maximum compensation for asbestos and mesothelioma claims through an out of court settlement. This means you are unlikely to need to go to court and can make the claims process much faster, less stressful and less costly.
There are time limits for claiming asbestos compensation, but these are counted from the date when you became aware of the issue, rather than the date exposure occurred. This means that, while you should not delay pursuing a claim, you may still be able to secure compensation even if the exposure happened many years ago.
It is also worth noting that it is often still possible to claim asbestos compensation even where the employer responsible for your exposure has gone out of business.
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation for an asbestos-related disease, our personal injury lawyers in Plymouth are here for you.
Our expertise includes the full range of asbestos-related illnesses including:
Our experienced asbestos lawyers have helped people from all walks of life that have been exposed to asbestos at dockyards, power stations, shipyards, construction sites, railways, engineering sites, offices, houses, public buildings, hospitals, schools and colleges.
To find out more about team’s expertise, please take a look at the individual profiles for our asbestos-related disease specialists:
We can provide information and advice on government compensation schemes such as the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Schemes 2008 and 2014, the Pneumoconiosis Workers Compensation Act 1979, as well as help with other state benefits for asbestos disease patients.
Our industrial disease compensation lawyers also have strong links with support groups that help people and their families who’ve been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases offering information, advice and friendship including Mesothelioma UK and SWASAG.
We offer a free first meeting with one of our specialist asbestos lawyers to discuss the details of your claim. This can be by video or phone, or we can work via email if you prefer.
We will talk through your illness, when you believe you were exposed to asbestos and the impact on your life. We will then explain whether we think you may have grounds to a claim, how the claims process works and the next steps you need to take.
All of our asbestos and mesothelioma claims are funded using Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs), often referred to as ‘No Win No Fee’ funding.
With No Win No Fee funding, we take on your claim with no upfront costs and you will only need to pay our fees if we secure compensation for you. This means there is no financial risk to you in starting a claim.
We will first need to prove that your disease was caused by asbestos exposure that happened due to someone else’s negligence (e.g. your employer failing to carry out proper risk assessments or provide appropriate PPE).
Our asbestos lawyers in Plymouth will ensure all of the right evidence is collected, giving you a strong foundation for your claim.
Calculating the level of damages to which you are entitled to is called ‘assessing quantum’ or ‘assessing quantum of damages’.
The level of compensation available will be based on:
You will typically have three years to claim from the ‘date of knowledge’. This is the date on which you were aware that:
In the case of asbestos claims, the date of knowledge is often decades after the asbestos exposure occurred. You generally have three years to make a claim from the date you were diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. If you want to claim on behalf of a family member who has sadly died, you’ll have three years to make a claim from the date of their death or from the point when it was discovered asbestos disease caused their death.
Where someone has died due to an asbestos-related disease, the executors or administrators of the estate may be able to bring a claim on behalf of certain family members and beneficiaries, including but not necessarily limited to widows/widowers, partners, children and other dependants.
Asbestos compensation after death may potentially cover:
Even if the employer responsible for your asbestos exposure has gone out of business, it is still often possible to claim compensation. This is because we will be pursuing a claim against the insurer who covered your former employer at the time of your exposure, rather than the employer themselves.
In most cases, asbestos disease claims are settled out of court through negotiation between our lawyers and the defendant’s legal team. This allows you to get the maximum compensation available without the time, expense, stress and uncertainty of going to court.
Should court proceedings be required, our team will make sure you know exactly how these proceedings work and that you have the very best representation. You can then be confident of what to expect and that you have the strongest chance of a successful claim.
Our asbestos lawyers can provide an independent second opinion if you are unhappy with your current representation. We will let you know if we believe your claim has been mishandled and can provide fresh representation for you where appropriate.
In previous cases where we have taken over asbestos-related disease claims from other firms, our team have been able to get a significantly higher settlement and/or secure compensation faster.
Find out more about transferring your asbestos compensation claim to Novum Law.
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation for an asbestos-related diseased, our personal injury lawyers in Plymouth are here for you.
Why choose us?
As expert solicitors focusing on serious personal injury and medical negligence, you can trust us to get the best results for you and your family.
We understand what you are going through, and we will be there for you every step of the way throughout your claim and beyond.
Our No Win No Fee guarantee means you can make a risk-free compensation claim with no legal costs or charges if your claim is unsuccessful.
Specialist rehabilitation, medical care and support can make a huge difference in your life. We work with the best providers to get the treatment you need.
The professionalism with which you have handled my claim put my mind at ease and was less stressful than I could have imagined.
Going with Novum Law was the best thing I’ve ever done.
Novum won the case for me, and helped me get my life back together
I would have no hesitation in recommending Novum Law and your services.
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