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Asbestos Claims

We understand how devastating an asbestos-related illness can be. Our solicitors have helped many people secure justice and asbestos compensation after they were exposed to asbestos through no fault of their own. 

We have significant experience dealing with asbestos claims on a No Win No Fee* basis, including:

Our specialist solicitors have helped thousands of clients to make asbestos compensation claims after they were exposed through their work. We have also helped people who have been exposed to asbestos by living close to asbestos factories or who washed the work clothes of a loved one. We were successful in bringing the first environmental asbestos exposure claim for a client who played near an asbestos factory as a child.

Asbestos related diseases take years to develop, and we are experienced in investigating cases where the exposure happened decades ago, or where you are unsure where you came into contact with the substance. We will seek to establish the cause of your asbestos-related illness, and determine who is responsible for paying compensation (even if the company in question is no longer trading).

Our asbestos lawyers promise to hold those responsible for your illness to account, making sure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve. We believe in the importance of a network of support for asbestos victims, keeping close links with care providers and charities.

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Asbestos & Mesothelioma Claims - More Info
    • How Can Irwin Mitchell Help?
    • Even if it’s been many years since you worked in a job that could have exposed you to asbestos, our solicitors will investigate your claim fully, seeking to establish the cause of your asbestos-related illness. If you’re not sure when you were exposed to asbestos, our solicitors have expertise in investigating employment histories and will work out which company or insurer is responsible for paying compensation in your case.

      Over the past 30 years, our asbestos solicitors have helped a great number of clients claim compensation for asbestos-related illnesses after they were exposed to the hazardous substance through their work.

      We’ve helped people who have been exposed to asbestos simply by living close to asbestos factories or by washing the clothes of a loved one who worked with asbestos.

      We represented June Hancock, who played near an asbestos factory as a child, in the first ever successful case involving prolonged outdoor asbestos exposure (“environmental exposure”) – something we’re incredibly proud to have fought for. Our solicitors also represented a consultant surgeon in the first case involving exposure in a hospital.

    • Can I Claim On Behalf Of A Loved One Who Has Passed Away?
    • If a loved one has already begun a claim, you’ll be able to carry on with the case and receive any settlement if they pass away. If your loved one has died but not started a claim, and you think their death was a result of asbestos-related disease, it’s important to seek legal advice as quickly as possible. You may still be able to make a claim, but you have to do this within three years of their passing away.

    • Are There Any Time Limits For Claiming Compensation?
    • The symptoms of asbestos-related disease often take years to develop and become obvious. This means you have three years to make a claim, starting from the date you were first diagnosed by a chest specialist with mesothelioma or another condition. However, you should get legal advice as soon as you can, so we can begin to investigate your claim. Call us today on 0800 056 4110 and we'll discuss your case in a free initial consultation.

    • Can You Help With Interim Payments And Specialist Support?
    • Yes, we understand the importance of securing early interim payments for our clients until their claim has finished. These interim payments can help provide vital care and treatment while a claim is ongoing.

      Our friendly, professional service includes a home visit for every client to make sure you get an early investigation of who is to blame for your injuries. We offer expert advice on state benefits, employment rights and other financial issues. Our Asbestos team has close links with other departments within Irwin Mitchell, so our solicitors can help with financial planning, personal injury trusts and Wills advice.

    • Meet The Experts
    • Our Asbestos department is the largest and most respected in the country, and regularly praised by independent legal guides. We’re renowned for ground-breaking asbestos claims like June Hancock’s, the first environmental asbestos case (involving outdoor exposure to the dust).

      We’re proud to be closely associated with charities like Mesothelioma UK and the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund. Organisations like these play a vital role in raising funds and awareness of the tragic effects of asbestos exposure.

      Our asbestos solicitors are also at the forefront of the battle for greater legal rights for mesothelioma sufferers. We’ve taken a number of cases to the Supreme Court, including a landmark judgement in 2012 which meant insurers could be held responsible for asbestos exposure that had happened many years earlier.

      View our team of experienced asbestos solicitors

The money has allowed me not to worry if I need to pay someone to help out. It was settled out of court… but at least it was some form of recognition. Clive would have been pleased with that."

Sue, client

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Asbestos? Are There Any Regulations Around Its Use?

Asbestos is a building material used for insulation and fire-proofing. Despite the health risks being known as far back as 1899, it was common in construction and ship-building from the 1950s until 1999. When disturbed, asbestos releases fibres into the air which...

...can be extremely dangerous if inhaled – it causes a number of lung diseases, ranging from severe to fatal. These illnesses can also affect the abdomen and the heart.

Asbestos was only completely banned in 1999, so it’s still present in many buildings even today. The hazardous nature of asbestos became widely known in the 1960s, meaning that companies had a duty of care to protect workers from its dangers.

If your employer failed to do this, then it’s likely that you’ll be able to make a compensation claim against them.

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What Are The Different Kinds Of Asbestos-Related Disease?

Exposure to asbestos has serious long term effects on the lungs, with conditions including...

  • Mesothelioma (a form of cancer that affects the lining of the lungs – known as the pleura – and also the abdomen and heart)
  • Asbestosis (a disease which causes fibrous tissue to form in the lungs)
  • Pleural thickening (the hardening of the lining between the ribcage and lungs)
  • Pleural plaques (a less extensive type of pleural thickening)
  • Retroperitoneal fibrosis (characterised by the formation of a fibrous tissue mass close to the kidneys)
  • Lung cancer

These illnesses have proven links to asbestos inhalation. Their symptoms won’t typically appear until 20 to 60 years after the first exposure to the substance, but our solicitors are skilled at establishing exactly who is responsible for you coming into contact with asbestos.

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What Are The Causes Of Asbestos-Related Disease?

Most asbestos-related disease is a result of exposure to asbestos at work, but we’ve helped many people who came into contact with the deadly substance in a number of different ways. The most common industries our clients come from include...

  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Plumbing
  • Shipbuilding

In almost every case, the companies in question provided their workers with little or no protection against asbestos dust, which meant that they inhaled the substance.

Asbestos can also harm those who haven’t necessarily come into direct contact with it in the workplace. We’ve helped people who fell ill after living close to an asbestos factory and who contracted a disease after washing work clothing with asbestos dust on it.

We’ve also represented doctors, teachers and pupils who were exposed to asbestos at hospitals and schools.

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Awards & Recognition

"The lawyers are heavyweight individuals in a big firm, but they never compromise on client care. They handle cases with striking compassion and insight."
We're delighted to have been named Claimant Solicitor of the Year in the 2016 Post Magazine Rehabilitation First Awards, an award we've won on seven occasions.
"'One of the best’ and ‘go-to firm’ Irwin Mitchell covers the full range of work, and specialises in complex, unique cases."

What Our Clients Say

We truly value and appreciate the feedback we receive from our clients, as we look to improve the services we offer on an ongoing basis.

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We're proud to support local and national charities, such as Mesothelioma UK.

Mesothelioma UK are dedicated to providing free specialist information, support, care and treatment for those suffering with asbestos-related diseases.

We work closely with the charity, and are listed as recommended legal support for those looking for compensation and additional support.

For more information about the charity and the work they do, please visit the Mesothelioma UK website

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