Asbestos & Mesothelioma Compensation Claims

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If you or a loved one has 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.

Asbestos compensation can also ensure that your loved ones are taken care of when you are no longer around, significantly reducing any financial burdens they may otherwise face. Alongside any monetary award for an asbestos claim after death, we will also secure the justice you deserve, and acknowledgment of the harm done.

Our dedicated asbestos disease solicitors have helped hundreds of people and their families affected by asbestos disease. If you have contracted any type of disease caused by asbestos exposure, our experts in asbestos disease compensation claims can help.

Life expectancy following an asbestos disease diagnosis can sometimes, unfortunately, be short. Combined with the strict 3-year limitation period for asbestos claims, this highlights the importance of quickly turning cases around. This is something our team can guarantee, with straightforward cases taking an average of 6 months. However more complex claims where there are disputed matters can take longer.

With local offices in Bristol, Cardiff, the Isle of Wight, Plymouth, Salisbury, Southampton and Swindon, we can offer a personal service to people 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 available to you.

Our specialist solicitors also have strong links with support groups that help people and their families who have 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.

Do you think you or a loved one might be entitled to asbestos compensation? Contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777, email or complete our online form for a free, no-obligation chat with our friendly experts.

Our Expertise with All Types Of Asbestos Disease Claims

Our expertise includes the full range of asbestos-related illnesses, including:

We can also help and support you at an Inquest After Fatal Asbestos Disease if you have a loved one who has tragically died.

Our experienced asbestos lawyers have helped people from all walks of life that have been exposed to asbestos at dockyards and shipyards, power stations, construction sites, railways, engineering sites, offices, houses, public buildings, hospitals, schools and colleges.

Novum Law has handled many claims for women with mesothelioma, which is 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 helped many female clients who have been exposed to asbestos in schoolsrented homesbanks 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 find out who is responsible.

To find out more about our team, look at the individual profiles of our asbestos disease specialists:

How to claim for asbestos compensation

Starting a compensation claim for asbestos 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 can 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 updated regularly 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.

Find out more about our No Win No Fee funding options

Benefits for people diagnosed with an asbestos disease

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos disease you might be worried about financial support and need advice. Novum Law Director and asbestos specialist Andrew Stinchcombe speaks about the benefits you might be entitled to in this video.

Book your free initial consultation with our asbestos 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.

To begin your claim, contact us on freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no-obligation chat.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with asbestos disease in the last three years, you might be able to make an asbestos compensation claim.

For a successful claim, we will need to show that:

  • There is a high likelihood 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 its duty of care to you, 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.

When making an asbestos claim it will be necessary to build an effective case that proves you were exposed to asbestos, and that this directly caused the disease you are living with.

This will typically involve bringing together a combination of medical reports (to prove your condition) and employment records (to prove that the exposure to asbestos was the fault of your employer).

It is important to note that you do not necessarily need to know where you might have been exposed to asbestos. When pursuing an asbestos compensation claim, our team is highly skilled in taking an investigative approach to find out where the exposure originated from.

It is also possible to prove your exposure to asbestos and start a claim if your previous employer is no longer in business. Asbestos compensation claims can be made against an employer’s insurance policy and, where this is not possible, there may also be the option of bringing a claim via a government scheme (see: How much can you claim for an asbestos-related illness).

If you have been exposed to asbestos during your working life and you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you may be able to make a claim for compensation against your former employer.

In most cases, a claim will be brought against your employer or former employer, and this can be brought even if the former employer has gone out of business because they should be insured.

If the former employer or their insurers cannot be traced, then a claim may be made to the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, which is a government-funded compensation scheme. Our asbestos solicitors can help you make a claim with this.

The compensation you receive depends on several factors. These include the type of asbestos illness you have 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.

At Novum Law, we handle asbestos claims on a No Win No Fee basis. This means that if, for any reason, your asbestos claim is unsuccessful, you will not owe us any fees.

If the claim is successful, our asbestos claims solicitors will charge what is known as a ‘success fee’. The success fee for an asbestos claim will be a percentage of the legal costs that were incurred on your behalf.

The exact percentage your asbestos solicitor will charge will be agreed in advance of the claim starting. The fee paid to your asbestos solicitor will never exceed 25% of the combined value of your claim for damages.

Our asbestos solicitors will carefully review your case to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation available. This will ensure that your claim accurately reflects the impact that asbestos exposure has had on your life and that of your loved ones.

Compensation for asbestos claims will typically fall into 2 categories:

  • General damages – This is for your pain, suffering and the impact on your lifestyle. This also includes ‘loss of amenity’ which refers to the activities you can no longer enjoy.
  • Special damages – Any specific financial costs incurred due to your asbestos exposure, such as medical treatment and care support.

Working out the amount of compensation you are entitled to is known as ‘assessing quantum of damages’ or ‘assessing quantum’.

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.

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.

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
  • Counselling

Find out more about fatal injury claims

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.

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.

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.

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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