Asbestos-Related Disease Claims Guide

What Will Happen When I Make An Asbestos Or Mesothelioma Claim?

When you contact us to make a claim, you’ll be put through to an expert member of our Asbestos-Related Disease team, who will get some initial details about your condition and when you think you might have been exposed to asbestos.

Stage One: Consultation

After this, we’ll sort out a face-to-face meeting to discuss your case in more detail – this can be at one of our offices across the country or at your home. We’ll also send you some information so you can read more about us and what you can expect from the claims process.

The consultation is a chance for us to find out as much as possible about you and your work history. We’ll try to pinpoint exactly when you were exposed to asbestos and who was responsible. It can be a daunting prospect to sift back through several decades of employment details, but our experienced solicitors will be able to help you. Our team are experts in helping uncover asbestos exposure, even if it happened decades ago, and can also advise you about benefits.

We’ll also talk you through the different options available for funding your claim, including No Win No Fee agreements*.

Stage Two: Accessing Support

We’ll always help you apply for any benefits you are entitled to and can arrange nursing care and other support, if you need it, while your claim is ongoing. When dealing with your claim, our aim is not just to secure your compensation, but also to make sure you have access to the healthcare and support you need to have the best possible quality of life. Your care needs will be carefully considered while we evaluate how much compensation we feel you need to help you through this difficult time.

Read more about how compensation could help you.

Stage Three: Negotiation

We’ll approach your former employers to see if they accept responsibility for your illness. Our lawyers are skilled in tracking down employers and insurers, and have access to databases to make this process as quick and easy as possible.

If your employer accepts that they are responsible, we are usually able to secure interim compensation payments (which are early compensation payments, paid in advance of your final settlement amount). If they don’t, or they disagree with the amount of compensation we think you should receive, we’ll begin court proceedings.

Stage Four: Settlement

If your claim does need to go to court, we’ll be there to help you every step of the way. Even when trial dates have been set, claims are still usually settled before reaching court.

Your claim could be settled on a provisional basis, which means that if your illness worsens, your case could be picked up again so you get more compensation to reflect this. This is normally the case in pleural thickening claims, where you might go on to develop a more serious asbestos related illnesses.

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For more information about making an asbestos or mesothelioma claim, contact our lawyers free today on 0800 056 4110.

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