Asbestos & Mesothelioma Claims

Asbestos Lung Cancer Claims

Being told that you have lung cancer is a life-changing experience for sufferers and their families. Exposure to asbestos is known to cause several types of lung disease including asbestosis and mesothelioma, and there is a strong link with lung cancer too.

We’re here for you at this difficult time and have helped many people successfully claim compensation after they’ve been exposed to harmful asbestos fibres, whether as a member of the public or at work. Your employer may have failed in their duty of care to protect you if you’ve developed lung cancer as a result of your work, so you may be entitled to make a claim against them.

By making an asbestos lung cancer claim, we could help you secure compensation to pay for medical care and provide financial support if you’ve had to give up work. We have the largest asbestos-related illness team in the country who have a proven track record of success with claims of this nature, so you can be reassured that you’ll be represented by some of the UK’s best lawyers.

Your exposure to asbestos could have been decades ago but don’t let this stop you from making a claim. Our solicitors are experts in tracing insurers and businesses that are no longer trading and could even help if you aren’t sure where you were exposed.

We accept asbestos lung cancer compensation claims on a No Win No fee basis*, which means that even if your claim is unsuccessful, you won’t have to pay any legal fees. We can also offer you a free initial consultation to discuss your claim and how we could help you.

If you’re thinking about making an asbestos lung cancer claim, we urge you to contact us as soon as possible so we can start investigating your case.

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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 Are The Common Causes Of Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer?

Although asbestos was completely banned in 1999, those working in construction, maintenance and demolition are still in danger of coming into contact with asbestos dust. Historically, people working in shipyards, metal works, chemical plants and power plants were also likely to come into contact with asbestos.

Asbestos-related lung cancer is caused by inhaling or ingesting asbestos. These toxic fibres cause genetic changes to healthy cells, over time damaging your DNA which can result in cancer.

Most of the claims we handle are on behalf of workers who were exposed to asbestos before the year 2000, when the last form of the substance was banned. It often takes years for the symptoms of asbestos-related illnesses to develop, but we’re experienced at helping those who were first exposed to asbestos decades ago.

A number of factors could have increased your risk of developing asbestos-related lung cancer, including:

  • How much asbestos you were exposed to
  • How long you were exposed to asbestos for
  • Individual factors such as smoking or pre-existing lung disease

As our lawyers are experts in investigating asbestos related disease claims, we’ll be able to help you trace your former employer or their insurer, no matter how long ago your exposure was. We could even help with your claim if your former employer is no longer trading.

If you would like to find out more about making a claim, contact us today on 0800 056 4110.

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What Should My Employer Have Done To Protect Me From Asbestos Exposure?

The dangers of asbestos have been widely known for many years and by law employers have had to take out insurance to cover the risk of their employees being harmed since 1972. Despite this, asbestos was heavily used until most of its forms were banned in the mid-1980s.

It’s likely that your employer knew about the dangers associated with working with asbestos and therefore should have implemented safety precautions to keep you safe. These could have involved wearing protective facial masks and not allowing you to work near the substance for a prolonged period of time.

Some workers still have to work with asbestos, so the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has set some guidelines which employers must follow. These rules include:

  • Avoid working with asbestos wherever possible.
  • Don’t allow work on asbestos if it’s in the form of a sprayed coating, board or lagging on pipes and boilers as this is too dangerous. Special contractors should complete this work.
  • Only allow employees to complete work with asbestos if they’ve had the correct training and have the right equipment.
  • Minimise asbestos dust by using hand tools and keep all materials damp. Employees should be advised to clean up as they work with special vacuum cleaner and should double-bag and clearly mark asbestos waste.
  • Always make sure staff are wearing an appropriate mask (ordinary dust masks aren’t effective).

If you’re worried that your employer didn’t do enough to protect you from exposure to asbestos, our solicitors could help, investigating your employment history and finding out if health and safety procedures weren’t followed. Phone us on 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation.

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Am I Entitled To The Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit?

You might be able to apply for industrial injuries disablement benefit (IIDB) if you’ve developed lung cancer because of asbestos exposure at work. This scheme covers those who worked in high risk jobs, such as:

  • Manufacturing asbestos tiles
  • Spraying asbestos
  • Working with asbestos insulation

Factors including the severity of your illness and your age will affect the level of benefit you can get under this scheme, but we can advise you how much you could receive and how to apply for these benefits. We can also advise you how retrieving benefits under this scheme could affect any other benefits you currently get.

You may also be eligible for the ‘The Lump Sum’ benefit.

For more information on how our lawyers could help you, contact us free today on 0800 056 4110.

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Proudly Supporting Local & National Charities.

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.

As well as a number of local charities, we’re a proud supporter of the:

  • Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
  • June Hancock Mesothelioma Research Fund

We also represented the Forum of Asbestos Support Groups in the Supreme Court.

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