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If you or a family member have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, it can have a huge effect on your life, possibly making you feel overwhelmed and fearful of what the future holds for you and your family.
You may also be coping with undergoing medical treatment such as chemotherapy, radical debulking surgery and/or radiotherapy. This could, unfortunately, leave you unable to work and dependant on specialist equipment and personal care, creating real financial strain on you and your loved ones.
While compensation can’t undo the damage to your health, it can give you access to the best possible treatment and support, making a huge difference to your quality of life. It can also provide long-term financial security for you and your loved ones.
Our dedicated asbestos disease solicitors have helped hundreds of people and their families who have become ill due to exposure to asbestos. Whether you suffer from mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening or another disease resulting from asbestos exposure, our experts in asbestos disease compensation claims, offer the supportive, proactive and effective approach needed to help ensure those affected are financially secure, 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-related 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, meaning we can usually secure compensation for an asbestos-related disease without the need for you to attend a court hearing.
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.
See our short video on the various benefits which may be 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-related diseases offering information, advice and friendship including, SWASAG and the AASC. For many years Novum Law has worked also 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 an asbestos-related disease, we have the expertise to 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-Related 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
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 a number of claims for women with mesothelioma which is sadly on the rise, specifically peritoneal mesothelioma. Many women and indeed their GPs think of mesothelioma as something that affects men who may be exposed to asbestos in industry, for example. However, we have female clients who have been exposed to asbestos in schools, rented homes, banks and shops. Frequently, these clients are unsure as to 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 find the most likely source and the organisation who is responsible.
To find out more about our team’s expertise, please take a look at the individual profiles for our asbestos-related disease specialists:
- Graeme Chisholm
- Andrew Stinchcombe
- Phillip Gower
- Emma Harman
- Rebecca Ryan
- Alison Sayers
- Carol Spicer
How Do I Start An Asbestos Compensation Claim?
Starting a compensation claim for mesothelioma or another asbestos-related 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 of the necessary information, such as your work history and the impact your illness has on your day-to-day life, allowing us to 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, liaising 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.
Funding Your Asbestos-Related Disease Claim
There are no hidden costs when you make a compensation claim with Novum Law. We fund all of our industrial disease compensation claims using Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs also sometimes called ‘No Win No Fee’ funding).
With a No Win No Fee asbestos-related 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-related disease
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease, and you’re worried about financial support and need advice, watch the video where Andrew Stinchcombe, Novum Law’s Asbestos and Mesothelioma specialist Director speaks about the available benefits you may be entitled to.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related 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, even if you were exposed decades ago or your former employer has gone out of business.
The compensation you receive depends on the type of asbestos illness you’ve developed, your personal circumstances and the impact your illness 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-related disease can be a complex process, with many factors 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 may also be entitled 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 – which 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 normal claim because their previous employer or insurer no longer in exists.
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-related disease, you normally 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 exposure to asbestos.
A key point to understand is that it can take several decades for asbestos-related illnesses to develop, so it does not matter when the exposure to asbestos 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.
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.
A key point to understand is that it is often necessary to issue court proceedings as part of the process of pursuing compensation, but it is unlikely you will need to attend court even so, as it is usually possible to agree an out-of-court settlement before your hearing date.
Yes, if your loved one died has died from an asbestos-related disease, you may be able to continue a claim they started or make your own claim on behalf of their estate and dependants. You will normally 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, including but not necessarily limited to widows/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
If you have started the process of claiming compensation for an asbestos-related disease and you’re unhappy with the service or advice your current solicitor has provided, we would be happy to provide 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.
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 serious 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 lung cancer.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops due to exposure to asbestos. It mainly affects the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) but it can also affect the lining of the stomach (peritoneal mesothelioma).
More than 2,500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year in the UK. There is currently no cure, although 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.
If you have worked in industries where asbestos was heavily used, you are more at risk from developing an asbestos-related disease. This includes those who’ve worked in plumbing, engineering, joinery, construction or at 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.
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.
If you have a question that is not listed above, please visit our FAQs page. Alternatively, please call our specialist team on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or contact us online for a free, no-obligation chat.
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If you believe you or a loved one are entitled to compensation for an asbestos-related disease, our industrial disease compensation solicitors in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon are here for you.