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If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos disease, it can have a massive effect on your life. It might make you feel overwhelmed and fearful of what the future holds for you and your family.
You may also be coping with medical treatment, which could, unfortunately, leave you unable to work and dependent on specialist equipment and personal care. This can create financial pressures, which can add to your stress.
While compensation cannot undo the damage asbestos has caused to your health, it can give you access to the best possible treatment and support. This can make a huge difference to your quality of life. It can also provide you and your loved ones with long-term financial security.
Our dedicated asbestos disease solicitors have helped hundreds of people and their families affected by asbestos disease. Whether you suffer from mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening, or other diseases caused by asbestos exposure, our experts in asbestos disease compensation claims can help.
With local offices in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon, we can offer a personal service to clients all over the UK. We provide the supportive, proactive and practical approach needed to help ensure those affected are financially secure and have peace of mind and access to the care and support they need.
We offer No Win No Fee, which means you can make an asbestos disease compensation claim with no financial risk or hidden costs. We also strive to achieve interim payments to help ease financial pressures.
Our team is highly skilled in negotiating maximum settlements under even the most challenging circumstances. This means we can usually secure compensation for an asbestos disease without needing you to attend a court hearing.
We can provide information and advice on government asbestos compensation schemes. These include the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Schemes 2008 and 2014 and the Pneumoconiosis Workers Compensation Act 1979. We can also help with other state benefits for asbestos disease patients.
See our short video on the various benefits potentially available to you.
Our specialist solicitors also have strong links with support groups that help people and their families who’ve been diagnosed with asbestos diseases. Support groups, including SWASAG and the AASC, offer information, advice and friendship to those affected by asbestos-related diseases.
For many years Novum Law has worked closely with Mesothelioma UK, a charity dedicated to providing free advice and support for individuals and families living with mesothelioma.
Novum Law is a member of the Mesothelioma UK Legal Panel
If your life has been turned upside down by asbestos disease, our experts at Novum Law can help you claim the maximum level of compensation. We will do everything we can to ensure you and your family have a financially secure future.
Our Expertise with All Types Of Asbestos Disease Claims
Our expertise includes the full range of asbestos-related illnesses, including:
- Mesothelioma compensation claims
- Asbestos-related lung cancer claims
- Asbestosis compensation claims
- Pleural thickening claims
- Inquests After Fatal Asbestos Disease
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.
Novum Law has handled many claims for women with mesothelioma, sadly on the rise. We have also supported female patients with peritoneal mesothelioma, which affects the stomach lining. Many people, including GPs, think of mesothelioma as something that only affects men exposed to asbestos while working in traditional industry jobs. However, we have female clients who have been exposed to asbestos in schools, rented homes, banks and shops.
Often, they are unsure how they may have been exposed to asbestos, for example, if they have had several jobs over the years. Novum Law thoroughly investigates each claim, leaving no stone unturned to determine who or what is responsible.
To find out more about our team, look at the individual profiles of our asbestos disease specialists:
How Do I Start An Asbestos Compensation Claim?
Starting a compensation claim for mesothelioma or another asbestos disease is straightforward. After an initial phone consultation call, your solicitor will get in touch to discuss the details of your claim.
We will gather all the information we need, such as your work history and the impact your illness has on your day-to-day life. This helps us understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim. Your solicitor will also talk you through the process of making a claim.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. They will contact the defendant’s insurers and start gathering evidence to support your claim. This includes speaking with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records.
Throughout the whole claims process, your solicitor will keep you regularly updated and be available to answer your questions whenever you need them.
Funding Your Asbestos Disease Claim
When you make a compensation claim with Novum Law, there are no hidden costs. We fund all of our industrial disease compensation claims using Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs). These are also sometimes called ‘No Win No Fee’ funding.
With a No Win No Fee asbestos disease claim, you will not need to find the money to fund the claim upfront, and there is no financial risk to you in pursuing a claim.
Benefits for people diagnosed with an asbestos disease
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos disease, and you’re worried about financial support and need advice, Novum Law Director and asbestos and mesothelioma specialist Andrew Stinchcombe speaks about the benefits you might be entitled to in this video.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can make an asbestos claim?
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with asbestos disease in the last three years, you could be able to make an asbestos compensation claim.
For a successful claim, we will need to show that:
- There is a high likelihood that you were exposed to asbestos while working for an employer
- Your employer owed you a duty of care (e.g. they should have carried out an asbestos risk assessment, provided appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) etc.)
- Your employer breached that duty of care, leading to a risk of you being exposed to harmful asbestos fibres that could have been avoided
Our industrial disease claims team can gather all of the necessary evidence to support your claim. They will do this even if you were exposed decades ago or your former employer has gone out of business.
How much compensation will I receive for an asbestos-related illness?
The compensation you receive depends on several factors. These include the type of asbestos illness you’ve developed, your circumstances and the impact your condition has on your life. Factors such as loss of income now and in the future as well as care costs will also be taken into account.
Working out exactly how much compensation you are owed for an asbestos disease can be complicated, with lots of things to consider. However, we will always aim to provide a realistic idea of how much compensation you may be able to receive before you start a claim with us.
You might also be able to make a claim through certain government compensation schemes, sometimes referred to as government ‘lump sum payments’.
The schemes available are:
- The Pneumoconiosis Workers’ Compensation Act 1979 provides lump-sum payments to workers who contracted the disease through their previous work.
- Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2008 – which provides lump sum payments for all those diagnosed with mesothelioma who cannot show that this was contracted through their previous work.
- Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme 2014- which provides lump-sum compensation for people who cannot pursue a usual claim because their previous employer or insurer no longer exists.
Are there any time limits on making an asbestos claim?
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the time you were diagnosed to make an asbestos disease claim.
If a family member has died from an asbestos disease, you usually have three years from the date of death to pursue a claim or three years from the date you discover their illness may have been caused by asbestos exposure.
Because it can take several decades for asbestos-related illnesses to develop, it does not matter when the asbestos exposure took place. Our specialist asbestos disease solicitors can help even if your employer has gone out of business or you don’t know how you were exposed to asbestos.
Will I need to go to court to claim asbestos compensation?
Most asbestos-related disease claims cases are settled without going to court. This can help you to get the maximum available compensation faster while avoiding the stress of court proceedings.
It is important to understand that it is often necessary to issue court proceedings as part of the process of pursuing compensation. However, it is still unlikely you will need to attend court, as it is usually possible to agree on an out-of-court settlement before your hearing date.
Can I still claim even if my loved one has already died from asbestos disease?
Yes, if your loved one died has died from an asbestos disease, you may be able to continue a claim they started. You might also be able to make your own claim on behalf of their estate and dependants. You will generally have three years from the date of death to start a claim.
A claim may be brought by the executors or administrators of the estate on behalf of certain family members and beneficiaries. This includes but is not necessarily limited to widows or widowers, partners, children and other dependants.
Asbestos compensation after death may potentially cover:
- Funeral expenses
- The loss of the deceased’s income
- Loss of services provided by the deceased (e.g. personal care support)
- Normal household costs
- Medical costs
- Childcare costs
I’m not happy with my law firm. Can you take over from my current solicitor?
If you have started the process of claiming compensation for asbestos-related disease and you’re unhappy with the service or advice your current solicitor has provided, we would be happy to give a second opinion and take over your case where appropriate.
We are often asked to review cases where claimants feel things are moving too slowly or the level of compensation secured by their legal team is less than it should be. In such cases, we may be able to take over and get a faster and/or significantly higher settlement.
What is asbestos, and how does it cause disease?
Asbestos is a natural material made of microscopic fibres. It was once widely used in industries such as shipbuilding and construction to provide insulation, fire prevention, roofing and flooring. It was banned in the UK in 1999 due to its links to severe illnesses, including cancer.
When materials containing asbestos are damaged or disturbed, tiny asbestos fibres are released into the air and can be breathed into the lungs. The fibres become trapped in the lungs and, over long periods of time, can cause inflammation, scarring and diseases such as mesothelioma and pleural thickening.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops due to asbestos exposure. It mainly affects the lining of the lungs (known as pleural mesothelioma), but it can also affect the lining of the stomach (known as peritoneal mesothelioma).
More than 2,500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year in the UK. There is currently no cure, but treatment can help control some of the symptoms, and new medicines are being developed. Most cases occur in people aged over 60, and men tend to be more commonly affected than women. The disease can take a long time to develop, typically between 15 and 40 years, but it can take as long as 60-70 years.
Who is at risk from asbestos diseases?
If you have worked in industries where asbestos was heavily used, you are more at risk from developing an asbestos disease. This includes those who’ve worked in plumbing, engineering, joinery, construction or dockyards.
We have also helped people who have been exposed to asbestos because they’ve worked in a building containing asbestos (such as a school or hospital) or lived close to a factory or building site with asbestos. You can also be at risk if you’ve had ‘secondary exposure’ to asbestos, such as washing a family member’s work clothes covered in asbestos dust.
Is there any financial support available if I have an asbestos-related disease?
Yes, you may be entitled to receive certain state benefits such as:
- Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)
- Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
- Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Blue Badge and Attendance Allowance.
We can advise you on the state benefits available and how to claim them.
Book your free initial consultation with our asbestos and mesothelioma claims solicitors
If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation for an asbestos disease, our industrial disease compensation solicitors in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon are here for you.