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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer, our specialist asbestos disease solicitors can support you to make a compensation claim and help you get the support you need.
Even if your exposure to asbestos was many years ago or you aren’t sure how you came into contact with asbestos in the first place, we still may be able to help you make a claim.
We have a dedicated team of asbestos disease experts who’ve helped hundreds of people and their families who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases due to exposure at work, in the home or within the community.
We specialise in asbestos disease compensation claims ensuring those affected get the compensation they deserve. This will give you and your family better financial security and could help you pay for extra medical care and support, allow for any lost earnings if you’ve had to give up work due to your illness and give you more peace of mind.
We have helped people who have been exposed to asbestos in a wide range of settings including:
- power stations
- construction sites
- schools and colleges
- engineering sites
- public buildings
Our specialist asbestos disease 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 causes asbestos-related lung cancer?
Asbestos-related lung cancer is caused by inhaling asbestos, a naturally occurring material which 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 lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis and pleural thickening.
Who can make an asbestos-related lung cancer compensation claim?
If you or a family member has been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer in the last three years, you could be able to make a compensation claim. Our specialist solicitors can also help you make a claim on behalf of a loved one who has already died from lung cancer. We can also continue with their compensation claim if they die before a settlement is reached.
What happens if my employer has gone out of business?
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 lung cancer 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.
What happens if I die before my asbestos claim has settled?
It is completely understandable to have concerns about the future if you’ve been diagnosed with asbestos-related 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.
Who is at risk from asbestos-related lung cancer?
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.
Is there any financial support available if I have asbestos-related lung cancer?
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. 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.
How long does it take to settle an asbestos claim?
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.
Can I still claim even if my loved one has already died from asbestos disease?
Yes, if your loved one has died from an asbestos-related disease, you may still be able to make a claim on behalf of their estate. As a general rule, this should be done within three years of their death; however there are some exceptions, so it’s important to get expert advice from a specialist asbestos disease solicitor. You can call our team in confidence on Freephone 0800 884 0777, or complete our online form, for advice.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes. The general rule is that you have three years from the time you were diagnosed to make a compensation claim. If a family member has died from asbestos-related lung cancer, you have three years from their date of death or from the date you found out that exposure to asbestos caused their illness. It can take several decades for asbestos 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.
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 asbestos-related lung cancer, you may be able to claim as a dependent on their income. This includes: if you are a widow or widower, partner or a child or dependant of the deceased. We can give you more advice if this applies to you.
Starting an asbestos lung cancer 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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