Asbestos Related Disease Claims
Asbestos was widely used in the UK as a building material, from the 1940s until it was banned in the mid-1980s. Asbestos is now known to be incredibly harmful to lung function of those exposed. Working with asbestos without the right protection can lead to life-shortening illnesses like asbestosis, asbestos-induced lung cancer, mesothelioma and pleural thickening. If you or one of your family has contracted an asbestos-related disease, then you may be entitled to claim compensation.
What is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis is a serious and unremitting fibrous hardening of the lung tissue and is associated with prolonged and heavy exposure to asbestos dust.
Symptoms of asbestosis include:
- shortness of breath;
- persistent cough;
- dry crackling noise in your lungs when inhaling;
- chest pain;
- lack of or difficulty sleeping;
- loss of appetite and subsequent weight loss.
Asbestosis is a slowly progressive disease and usually takes between 15 and 30 years to develop, after initial exposure to asbestos.
Mesothelioma Related Illness Claims?
Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive type of cancer, often caused by little or intermittent exposure to asbestos fibres. As with asbestosis, symptoms include shortness of breath, chest pain, and coughing, together with weight loss and limited appetite. Virtually all cases of Mesothelioma are linked to exposure to asbestos.
All employers, past and present, owe their staff a duty of care to ensure their working environment is safe and staff not at risk of danger. You may be able to claim compensation for an asbestos related illness if you believe your employer was negligent in their duty of care. For example, if you were allowed to work without the correct breathing safety equipment, or were not informed of the dangers associated with working with asbestos.
Asbestos related illnesses take decades to form and often have a life changing effect on all those involved. The law surrounding asbestos illness compensation claims is complex, which is why you should only instruct personal injury solicitors that specialise in these types of claims.
A case study of a compensation claim for mesothelioma featured a man who was diagnosed with mesothelioma nearly 40 years after he ceased delivering materials to an asbestos manufacturer. Sadly, he died of his illness shortly after starting the claim process, but his widow and lawyer continued to pursue payment even though the responsible firm had ceased trading.
Making Compensation Claims for Asbestosis and Mesothelioma
Because asbestos-related illness can take years to show, some victims are not aware they may be eligible to make a claim or may think it is too late. Talking to the advisors at The Compensation Experts can help clarify your situation and provide you with the necessary information to make the most appropriate choice for you.
We work with a group of select personal injury lawyers who specialise in the law surrounding asbestosis and mesothelioma. Whether you are claiming for yourself or on behalf of a loved one, you can expect your solicitor to gather the evidence necessary to prove the illness could have been avoided had the right precautions been taken. Millions of British workers were exposed to asbestos up to the early 1980s, and while many employers were aware of the risks associated with the material, they did not adequately educate or protect their staff, leading to tragic consequences for them and their families.
We appreciate that our clients may be unwilling or unable to pay substantial legal fees up front with no guarantee of a positive result so we offer a No Win No Fee* contract to remove financial risk associated with claiming compensation.
Contact The Compensation Experts today for a free discussion, to find out how we can help you.
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Am I eligible?
If you have been harmed physically in the last 3 years, due to someone else’s negligence, the short answer is yes.
Exceptions to this are for instance industrial disease or if you were a child at the time of the accident you may have a longer period to claim.
How much could I claim?
As every injury is different, the amount of compensation paid out can differ case to case. Varying factors lead to the final figure include: extent of your injuries, earnings missed out on, future losses and more.
Our dedicated team of experts will give you an indication of how much you could potentially claim for.
How does the process work?
We understand that when making a claim it’s important to know what to expect and when to expect it. That’s why we make the process as transparent & clear as possible.
Your solicitor will gather all the evidence and will notify the negligent party that you wish to begin claim proceedings. With your solicitor negotiating on your behalf, you will be kept up to date every step of the way.
Why should you use us?
No Win No Fee
We assess all claims on a No Win No Fee basis, then we can determine how successful a claim is likely to be. This service is 100% free.
We assess each claim on its merits with the information provide, which aids us determine its likely success rate.
Our dedicated panel are experts in securing compensation no matter the injury.
Our personal injury lawyers are committed to securing the best possible outcome for you while providing expert support every step of the way.
Personal Dedicated Solicitors
Each client is provided with their own Personal Injury lawyer who will work on the case from start to finish, being there every step of the way. The client will be provided with a direct phone number and direct email address of the lawyer.
Expert asbestos claim solicitors working for you
We specialise in helping victims of asbestos exposure at work claim the compensation they deserve.
We work on a No Win No Fee basis, meaning if we don’t win your case you don’t pay! Once you make contact, our experienced team will work to recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to.