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We understand how much the diagnosis of an asbestos-related illness can change your life. Our specialist asbestos lawyers are here to help get you the compensation and the care you deserve. Clients often ask us questions about how to claim, so we’ve provided answers to common questions below – but please contact us if you’d like to discuss your case in more detail.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an illness that’s linked to asbestos exposure, then you may be able to claim compensation.
There are a number of asbestos-related illnesses. We could help you if you have been diagnosed with:
Illnesses caused by asbestos exposure can take decades to develop, so you may be able to claim even if you were first exposed to asbestos many years ago. It is important to consult a solicitor even if you don’t know where and when you came into contact with the substance.
If you have previously received compensation for an asbestos-related illness, but have gone on to develop a more serious condition, we may be able to help you to make a further claim. This is often the case for a benign condition such as pleural thickening; where people sometimes go on to develop a more serious illness such as mesothelioma.
Our specialist lawyers are experts in investigating and identifying where asbestos exposure took place, using research and information compiled over many years of handling asbestos claims. Please call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online for a free initial consultation about your case.
Often families only become aware that a loved one had developed an asbestos-related disease after a post-mortem revealed it as the cause of death. In these situations it is possible to claim compensation, although a three year time limit applies.
If your loved one had started an asbestos claim but passed away during the process, you will usually be able to continue with their case.
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You normally have three years to start your claim, from the date that:
Importantly, the time limit is not from when you or your loved one was first exposed to asbestos.
Asbestos-related diseases can take 20-60 years to develop, so it’s often the case that you won’t be working at the same company where you were exposed. It may also be the case that the company has ceased trading or changed names.
However, you may be able to make a claim even if:
If you have any questions around whether you can claim, please call us on 0800 056 4110 or contact us online. We offer a free initial consultation about your case with one of our specialist team.
Asbestos compensation claims tend to broadly follow the same five steps:
Some types of claim are settled on a provisional basis, which means that if your illness worsens, your case could be re-opened so you can claim further compensation to reflect this.
The amount of compensation you could claim will depend on your personal circumstances, as well as the type of asbestos related disease you have developed.
Asbestos compensation is calculated taking into account:
If your loved one died from an asbestos related illness, it is possible to claim for “dependency” on their income and on their services such as DIY and gardening. The following people could claim as dependants:
Our asbestos lawyers are experienced in calculating compensation amounts that reflect your needs, both now and in the future. Please call us 0800 056 4110 for a free initial consultation about your claim, or contact us online.
If you’re considering claiming for an asbestos-related illness, you don’t need to worry about any legal costs.
Most of our claims are funded on a No Win No Fee basis – which means that there’s nothing to pay upfront, and nothing to pay if you lose*. For mesothelioma claims you will always receive 100% of your compensation**.
There are a number of ways in which you could fund your case. These include:
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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