Our expert asbestosis lawyers will provide you with free initial advice on your compensation claim and with our No Win No Fee agreements there's no financial risk to you if you're unsuccessful*.
Compensation Claims For Asbestosis
It has been widely known since the early 1900s that asbestos can cause major health problems to people who come into contact with it. Despite this, asbestos was used heavily in for much of the 20th century, particularly in the building industry.
One of the most debilitating asbestos-related diseases is asbestosis, which is caused by inhaling large amounts of asbestos dust or fibres. The disease can have life-changing effects.
- It causes fibrous tissue to develop in your lungs, causing chest pain and scarring the lungs;
- The sufferer is likely to breathe noisily, making ‘crackles,’ or find it hard to breathe (initially after exercise but possibly, even, whilst sitting still);
- Some people with asbestosis also suffer swollen, red and misshapen fingers, known as ‘finger clubbing’. It can take upwards of 20 years, after exposure, for a person to develop symptoms.
If you have developed this disease through your work, you may be able to make an asbestosis compensation claim against your employers, even if you no longer work for them. Your employer had a duty to protect you from exposure to hazardous substances, including asbestos.
How We Can Help You With Your Asbestosis Claim
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We have a team of specialist personal injury solicitors who work tirelessly to achieve proper compensation for people who have suffered from asbestosis or other asbestos-related illnesses. We believe that becoming seriously ill just by doing your job is grossly unfair and, if you are suffering from asbestosis, we will fight your case for compensation.
Compensation can help you to pay for private medical care rather than have to wait for treatment through the NHS. If you have had to stop work due to your ill health, you can also claim compensation for your loss of earnings. If your life expectancy has been affected by your diagnosis, you can also claim compensation for that fact, as well as for the pain and suffering that you are going through right now.
We can investigate your claim and advise you on who may be responsible for your illness, how to claim and how soon you can expect to receive your compensation. Even if you no longer work in the same trade or with the same employers, and even if the company no longer exists, we will work hard for you to uncover the evidence that can prove a link between your exposure to asbestos and your illness.
If you have already made a claim for compensation for asbestosis, hopefully your condition will not deteriorate. However, if your condition does deteriorate and you develop another asbestos-related condition such as lung cancer or mesothelioma, it is possible to return to court for a further award of compensation. Call us as soon as possible to discuss this if it applies to you.
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Our solicitors are very professional and friendly, and are extremely knowledgeable about the causes and effects of asbestosis. We are well-placed to understand what you and your loved ones are going through and will deal with your case with dedication and sensitivity.
It is important that you contact us for advice as soon as you can after receiving a diagnosis so that we can get all of the information we need in to get your claim started. Contact us online or call us for a free discussion about making a claim and we’ll get back to you straightaway.
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The above information relates to the law and procedures in England and Wales.
* 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.
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.