Asbestos & Mesothelioma Claims

Asbestosis Claims

Asbestosis, an illness characterised by scarring of the lungs by asbestos fibres, can have life-changing effects. Many people develop the illness because they were exposed to asbestos at work, particularly in the building industry, shipyard workers and those who work with insulation.

If you have developed asbestosis through your work, you might be able to make an asbestosis compensation claim against your employer, even if you no longer work for them. The health problems that can be caused by asbestos have been widely known since the 1900s, so your employer may have failed in their duty to protect you by exposing you to this hazardous substance.

Our specialist team of asbestosis solicitors will work tirelessly to get you the compensation you deserve. This could help pay for private medical care, for any lost earnings (if you’ve had to stop working due to ill health) and will also consider your pain and suffering.

By making a claim with us you’ll be working with professional and friendly lawyers, who are extremely knowledgeable about the causes and effects of asbestosis. We can also accept asbestosis compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis*, which means even if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay any legal fees.

To find out more about the asbestosis claims process, or to set up a free initial consultation, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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    • What Will Happen When I Make A Claim?
    • After you’ve contacted us about your claim we’ll arrange a meeting as soon as possible to find out more about your situation. We can also set up home visits or meet you at a location that’s more convenient for you.

      If we can take on your case, we’ll discuss what funding options are available to you to pay for your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

      We’ll start investigating your case as soon as possible, finding out where you could have been exposed to asbestos, even if you’re unsure. Due to the nature of asbestos related diseases, it’s likely that your exposure happened decades ago: however, our specialist team are experts in determining where you were exposed, no matter how long ago it was. Our investigations will also help us calculate how much compensation we feel you are likely to receive.

      Using this evidence, we’ll be able to determine who was at fault for your exposure and will contact the company and/or their insurer.

      If they accept that they’re responsible for your exposure and subsequent illness, we could help you obtain early interim payments. These can support you financially and can help to pay for any medical care you might need while your claim is on-going.

      In the event that responsibility isn’t accepted, we’ll help you through the court process, explaining everything that’s happening so you feel as comfortable as possible.

      Find out more about what the asbestos claims process.

    • How Can Compensation Help?
    • Our lawyers will always make sure that you receive a settlement that funds your care requirements. Compensation can help pay for:

      • Specialist private medical treatment
      • Loss of earnings
      • Expenses (e.g. travel costs)

      We’ll always act efficiently to secure funds so your care needs can be met as soon as possible. If responsibility for your asbestos exposure is admitted by your employer, we might be able to secure you early compensation payments before your claim has fully settled. These early compensation payments are also known as interim payments and can help you pay for on-going care and expenses.

      We can only calculate how much compensation you’re entitled to once we understand the full impact of your illness. The effects of asbestos exposure can develop slowly over time and can also mean that you’re more likely to develop illnesses such as mesothelioma. Your compensation will take this into account and will also consider any impact your illness has had on your quality of life and life expectancy.

    • Can I Make A Claim On Behalf Of A Loved One Who Has Died?
    • If your loved one has died because they contracted an asbestos-related illness, our lawyers could help you with:

      • Recovering compensation for their pain and suffering and for financial losses caused by their death
      • Representing you at an inquest
      • Getting you the answers you deserve from those responsible

      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 a post-mortem found that your loved one died due to asbestos exposure, 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 currently 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

    • Can I Make A Claim If My Employer Is No Longer Trading?
    • 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.

    • How Long Do I Have To Make A Claim?
    • You’ll normally have three years to make a claim from the date you were diagnosed with asbestos related disease. If you want to claim on behalf of a loved one who has sadly died because of lung cancer, you’ll have three years to make a claim from the date of the death or from the point where a post-mortem revealed asbestos exposure as the cause of death.

      Asbestos related diseases often take decades to develop but we could still help you make a claim. We could help you act against your former employer, even if you haven’t worked there for a long time, or if they’ve ceased trading.

      We encourage you to contact us as soon as you’re diagnosed, even if you’re not sure when you were exposed to asbestos. We can help you identify at what point you were exposed and can help you make a claim against your present or past employer.

      Read more on claim time limits

    • Can I Make A No Win No Fee Claim?
    • Many of our cases are funded with a No Win No Fee agreement. This means that there’s no financial risk* to you when making a compensation claim.

      At the start of your case we’ll discuss funding options with you, advising you which we think is most suitable. If you have legal expenses insurance (LEI) or are covered by a trade union policy, these may be best for you. Legal expenses insurance is included in many household insurance policies, so it’s always worth checking whether you’re already covered.

      If we think you’re best supported by a No Win No Fee agreement, we’ll explain the process clearly. This involves setting up an insurance policy that will protect you, at no cost to you. You’ll only have to pay anything when your claim is successful – your opponent will pay most of our fees.

      Please visit our No Win No Fee page for more information on how it works.

    • Meet The Team
    • 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 Regulations Should Have Been Followed To Prevent Asbestos Exposure?

Even though asbestos is currently banned in the UK, it’s still important that precautions are taken to limit your risk of exposure to asbestos already in situ. Regulations were introduced in 1970 to provide guidance on the use of asbestos in the workplace.

A number of different forms of asbestos have been banned since 1970, the last being restricted in 1999. Because of this, it’s possible that you could have been exposed to asbestos if you’ve worked in buildings that were built or refurbished before the year 2000.

If your role at work means you could be exposed to asbestos, your employer must follow strict rules set out by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Employers, managers and traders should:

  • Identify if asbestos is present and what type it is
  • Carry out a risk assessment to see whether it’s possible to do the work without asbestos exposure
  • Consider whether the work should be done by a contractor who holds a specialist license to handle asbestos
  • Notify the relevant authority (if needed) to let them know about the work which will involve asbestos exposure
  • Provide training and protective equipment to employees

If your employer didn’t follow regulations around the use of asbestos in the workplace, and you later developed asbestosis, we could help you make a compensation claim. To find out more about making an asbestosis claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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What Are The Symptoms Of Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is caused by breathing in asbestos fibres, which results in scarring to your lungs. Most asbestosis cases are caused by asbestos exposure many years before, so it’s essential that you visit your doctor if you’ve been experiencing:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pains
  • Swollen fingertips

Your GP will ask about how you might have been exposed to asbestos to discover the cause and severity of your illness. If, during this process you realise that you could have been exposed to asbestos at work, we might be able help you make a claim.

To find out more about making an asbestosis claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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How Will Asbestosis Affect Me In The Future?

Sadly there's no cure for asbestosis once it has developed, as the damage to your lungs can't be reversed. This fact will be considered when we calculate how much compensation you should receive.

Asbestosis can get worse over time and also means that you have an increased risk of developing illnesses such as lung cancer, mesothelioma and pleural disease. The condition sometimes has a significant impact on your day-to-day health due to breathing issues and can even shorten your life expectancy.

All of these factors will be analysed by a medical professional before we calculate how much compensation you should receive. They will provide us with information on the impact asbestosis has on your current health, the likelihood of the condition progressing in the future and any care and support you need to have the best quality of life possible.

If you’ve already made a claim for asbestosis, but your condition deteriorates, you could be entitled to another compensation award. Our solicitors can advise you whether this is the case and help you make a further claim. 

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We actively support the June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund, the UK’s first and largest independent mesothelioma charity.

We represented June in the first ever environmental asbestos case and continue our support by raising funds for research into the diagnosis and treatment of mesothelioma. The fund also campaigns to raise awareness of the disease and the dangers of asbestos.

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