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If you or a family member has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, it can have a huge effect on your life, making you feel overwhelmed and fearful of what the future holds for you and your family.
Our dedicated team of specialist asbestos disease solicitors has helped hundreds of people and their families who have become ill due to exposure to asbestos. We are experts in asbestos disease compensation claims ensuring those affected are financially secure, have peace of mind and access to the care and support they need.
Our expertise includes the full range of asbestos-related illnesses including:
Our experienced asbestos disease 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.
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.
We can provide information and advice on government compensation schemes such as the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, the Pneumoconiosis Workers Compensation Act as well as help with state benefits for asbestos disease patients.
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 Mesothelioma UK, HASAG and SWASAG.
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 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.
What is mesothelioma?
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.
Who can make an asbestos compensation claim?
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. Our specialist solicitors can also help you make a claim on behalf of a loved one who has already died from an asbestos-related disease. We can also continue with their compensation claim if they die before a settlement is reached.
Who is at risk from asbestos-related diseases?
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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. It can take several decades for asbestos-related diseases 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.
The compensation you receive depends on the type of asbestos disease you’ve developed, your personal circumstances and the impact your illness has on your life. Factors such as loss of income now and into the future and any care costs will also be taken into account.
If a family member has died from an asbestos-related disease, a claim may still be brought by the executors or administrators of the Estate on behalf of certain family members and beneficiaries. This may include but is not necessarily limited to: a widow/widower, partner or a child or dependant. We can provide you with more advice if this applies to you.
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. Find out more about state benefits for those affected by asbestos.
You may also be entitled to make a claim for certain government compensation schemes, sometimes referred to as government ‘lump sum payments’. The schemes available are: the Pneumoconiosis Workers’ Compensation Act which provides lump sum payments to workers, who contracted the disease through their previous work, and Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments, which provide lump sum compensation for all those diagnosed with mesothelioma, regardless of how the asbestos exposure happened. Your specialist asbestos disease solicitor can provide more advice on the compensation schemes available. Find out more about government compensation schemes.
We may also be able to secure early, interim payments (an immediate payment to meet your needs) before a final settlement has been reached, so it’s important to get in touch with us as soon as possible, so that we can help alleviate any financial concerns you have.
If your employer has gone out of business, you may still be able to make a claim for compensation. In fact, given how long it can take to develop asbestos-related diseases following negligent exposure to asbestos, it is often the case that companies are no longer trading. We have the expertise to help you find out who was responsible for your asbestos exposure and can secure compensation from your former employer’s insurers.
It is completely understandable to have concerns about the future if you’ve been diagnosed with a serious asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or lung cancer. Rest assured if you die before your compensation claim has settled, we can help your loved ones continue with your claim. This means that your family will have financial security after you’ve gone. It’s not easy talking about these things but we’ve helped countless families in the same situation and can talk you through the whole claims process so everyone is fully informed.
Every case is different. Our specialist asbestos disease solicitors will work as quickly as possible to secure the maximum compensation available to ensure you and your family have peace of mind and a financially secure future.
Starting a mesothelioma and asbestos-related diseases compensation claim is straightforward. To begin your claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 884 0777 or online for a free, no obligation chat. Click here to learn more about our team and the high level of expertise in your area of injury.
After an initial consultation phone call, your specialist solicitor will come to visit you in your home – or a location at your convenience – to discuss the details of your claim. This will include information such as your work history and the impact that your illness has on your day-to-day life, so they can understand your needs and advise you on the compensation you may be able to claim.
Our legal expert will also use this as an opportunity to talk you through the process of making a claim and to explain your funding options and any relevant paperwork for making your claim.
From that point on, your solicitor will pursue your claim on your behalf. The next step will be to contact the defendant’s insurers and to start gathering evidence to support your claim, liaising with medical experts and healthcare providers to access your records. Your solicitor will keep you updated as your claim progresses and at every step of the process.
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