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If you’re thinking of making an asbestos-related disease claim, you might have some questions relating to your case. Below we’ve answered some frequently asked questions that our clients ask.
As everyone’s concerns are different, we know that we might not have covered your question here. If this is the case, please phone us on 0800 056 4110 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have.
Asbestos is a substance that was commonly used in the building and construction industries throughout the twentieth century. However, asbestos can be deadly and has since been banned because it can cause illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer and asbestosis. Read more
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Asbestosis is a chronic lung condition that’s caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos. This illness can mean that you’re more likely to suffer from more serious illnesses such as mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer. Read more
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining of the body’s organs. More than 2,600 people are diagnosed with this condition each year in the UK – the only known cause of mesothelioma is exposure to asbestos. Read more
Unfortunately you can only claim compensation if you’ve developed pleural plaques and came into contact with asbestos in Scotland. Because the condition is symptomless, these claims aren’t handled in England and Wales. Read more
Asbestos was mainly used in the building and construction industries. People working in the following roles may have been exposed to asbestos on a frequent basis:
Whatever the industry you worked in, our asbestos solicitors could help you make a claim. Over the years we’ve represented people from a wide range of backgrounds, making sure that they get the support and compensation they deserve. Phone us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation or contact us online.
After you’ve contacted us we’ll organise a free initial consultation where we’ll discuss your case and how we could help you. Once we’ve taken your case on and begin to investigate your asbestos exposure, there’s nothing to pay up front – the majority of our claims are handled on a No Win No Fee* basis, so you won’t have to worry about legal costs. Read more
We can accept a number of different funding agreements to pay for your claim, including conditional fee agreements (No Win No Fee*), legal expenses insurance and trade union funding. We’ll always discuss all the options that are available to you and will help you come to the best decision for your circumstances. Read more
Your asbestos-related disease claim will be made against the organisation responsible for your asbestos exposure, or their insurers. In most cases, this will be your former (or current) employer, but we’ve also helped people who developed an asbestos-related disease after being exposed to the dust outside the workplace, which is known as environmental asbestos exposure. We were involved in the first environmental asbestos case, representing our client June Hancock.
Even if you’re unsure about when you were exposed to asbestos, we can help you make a claim as our lawyers will analyse evidence relating to all of your previous employers. The Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme was specifically set up by the Government to help people who aren’t able to trace the employer (or their insurer) who was responsible for the asbestos exposure. Our lawyers can guide you through the process of making an application to the scheme – find out more about the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.
Factors such as your personal circumstances and what kind of asbestos-related illness you’re suffering from will affect the amount of compensation you’re likely to receive. We’ll always make sure that you get a compensation award that meets your needs, hopefully making things a little easier at the difficult time. Read more
You may be able to make a claim even if your former employer is no longer trading. Our lawyers can access several databases so we’ll be able to trace the company and can check whether it’s currently trading under a different name.
If your employer is no longer trading, don’t worry: compensation is normally paid by your former employer’s insurer. Even if you were exposed to asbestos decades ago, we can still help you find out who was responsible so that you can access the compensation you deserve.
Even if you’re unsure about when you were exposed to asbestos, we can help you make a claim as our lawyers will analyse evidence relating to all of your previous employers. In the event that it’s not possible to bring a claim, we could still help you access the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme, which was specifically set up by the Government to help people who aren’t able to trace the employer (or their insurer) who was responsible for the asbestos exposure. Our lawyers can guide you through the process of making an application to the scheme – find out more about the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.
If your loved one has died because they developed an asbestos-related illness, our lawyers could help you with:
You might be able to claim if you’re the spouse or child of the person who has died. We could also help you make a claim if you were financially dependent on the person who died.
There’s normally a three year time limit from the date of the death to make a claim. If you found out that your loved one died due to asbestos exposure following a post-mortem, you’ll have three years to claim from the date where you learnt of the findings. Find out more about time limits
Our lawyers could also help you access a statutory bereavement award: a flat rate of £12,980 which is payable when a wrongful death has occurred. This is available if you’re the spouse, civil partner or parent (if under 18) of the person who died.
If your loved one had started legal proceedings before they died, you might be able to continue with their claim. You’ll normally have to do this within three years of the death. Find out more about continuing a claim
If you pass away while your claim is in progress, your claim can be continued by your closest living relative/relatives. In the event that you’ve written a Will, your claim can be picked up by the person you’ve appointed to represent your estate. By coming to us, you can take advantage of our in-house Wills specialists who will make sure that your interests and family are protected in the future. Find out more about continuing a claim
You’ll normally have three years to make an asbestos-related disease claim from the day you were diagnosed with your illness. This three year time limit also applies if you’re making a claim on behalf of a loved one who has died because of asbestos exposure. Read more
You might be entitled to some benefits because you’re suffering from an asbestos-related disease, as well as being able to make a compensation claim. We could help you apply for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) and could help you receive payments under the Pneumoconiosis Workers Compensation Scheme.
If you’re unable to make a claim because your employer’s insurer can’t be found or because your former employer is insolvent, you might be eligible for funds under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS). Our asbestos lawyers can help you with your application, gathering all the evidence you need. Read more
If you have any questions about making an asbestos claim, please phone one of our legal advisers on 0800 056 4110. We offer a free initial consultation, advising you on the best course of action.
All Scottish cases will be handled by the Scottish law firm with which we are associated, Irwin Mitchell Scotland LLP. The law relating to funding is different in Scotland and you will receive separate advice about what that means as well as a separate funding agreement.
* Subject to entering into a No Win No Fee agreement in conjunction with our Allianz Litigate insurance policy and complying with your responsibilities under its terms.
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