There is a common misconception that solicitors can do every type of law and you can use the same solicitor for all your legal needs. Although there are some solicitors who dabble in a few areas of law, it is impossible for one solicitor to be an expert in every type of law. This is why it is vital to instruct a specialist solicitor to pursue your asbestos disease compensation claim.
A diagnosis of mesothelioma can be extremely shocking and upsetting. Many people struggle to even say mesothelioma, let alone know where to look for advice, support and compensation. Asbestos Justice prides itself on offering specialist legal advice and support to our clients and their families at the most difficult of times.
Identifying exposure and defendants
Often when potential clients come to us, they have just been diagnosed with an asbestos condition and know where they were exposed to asbestos. However, there are cases where people haven’t worked directly with asbestos and don’t know where they were exposed to the deadly material.
An expert asbestos disease solicitor knows the questions to ask and can guide a client through their employment history to trace where they could have been exposed to asbestos. They will also be able to recognise companies they have pursued before. We often pursue companies in more than one claim and sometimes are able to use evidence from one claim in another to strengthen cases.
Once the potential defendants have been identified, it is your specialist asbestos disease solicitor’s job to trace the company or insurers for the time you worked for them. Although there are times when we are unable to trace a defendant, more often than not we are able to trace a company to bring a claim against. We have a database of companies we have previously pursued and have access to specialist insurance searches so if the defendant is traceable, we will find it.
Whilst we don’t profess to have any medical training, we have worked on enough asbestos disease cases to know what our clients are going through and how best to help them.
Many doctors use ‘asbestosis’ as a catch-all term for any asbestos condition and we regularly hear from people who have been told that they have asbestosis who actually have pleural thickening, pleural plaques or, in one case, mesothelioma. We are often able to reassure clients about their condition.
As part of an asbestos disease claim, we have to obtain medical reports to help support and value the claim. We instruct independent medical experts who are at the top of their field. They are able to provide their opinion on possible treatments, prognosis and life expectancy. Not all clients want to know this information and we ensure we communicate with our clients throughout their claim to keep them as informed as they want and need to be.
We keep up to date with all the latest treatments and have been successful in including the costs of immunotherapy treatment as part of claims for mesothelioma. It is only thanks to our asbestos disease knowledge that we have been able to do this.
Network of specialists
As asbestos disease compensation is a niche area of law, there are not many firms that specialise in it. It is important for any client pursuing an asbestos disease claim to instruct a specialist. We try to work alongside other specialist firms in sharing information and evidence. We regularly receive requests from other firms for help in providing evidence in cases and we are able to turn to them for assistance in our own cases.
Help with benefits
After being diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, there are government benefits that you may be eligible for. We regularly assist clients in their applications for benefits, taking the stress out of the process and ensuring the benefits agency has the correct information. Applications for benefits can be disclosed to defendants as part of a compensation claim so it is vital that the information on the forms is correct.
Choosing a specialist solicitor is crucial but it is also important that you choose the right solicitor for you. Some people look for a clinical approach, only focussing on the business of the claim whereas others are looking for a more personal service.
Here at Asbestos Justice we are a small team with a wealth of experience. We are able to cater our service to our individual clients’ needs. We have some clients who don’t want to think about the claim more than is necessary and would prefer not to have to deal with the ins and outs of the matter, for these clients we keep their advice concise and, where possible, correspond with a family member to keep their involvement to a minimum. On the opposite side, we have clients who want a very hands-on experience where we regularly speak to them, not just about their claim but also their family, their treatment and how they are generally.
We often find that clients don’t want to discuss the nitty gritty of their condition with friends and they don’t want to burden their family with some of their concerns. We are able to be an outside source they can unload to; our specialist knowledge means we know what they are going through and this can be a big comfort to them.
It is important that you choose the right solicitor for your asbestos disease claim and you may want to speak to a number of firms before you make a decision. We will happily provide you with as much information as you want, with no obligation to choose us.
If you require assistance in pursuing an asbestos compensation claim for mesothelioma or other asbestos disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.