Asbestos Compensation Claims
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease you may be able to claim asbestos compensation or financial assistance. If you have lost someone to an asbestos disease, we can help you to claim compensation on their behalf.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural mineral, which is still mined throughout the world and used in manufacturing and construction. It is popular in these industries because of its resistance to heat, electricity, and sound. The use of asbestos was banned in the UK in 1999, but it is still present in many buildings built before this time.
Sadly, asbestos is extremely dangerous and causes a number of diseases. Every year in the UK, over 2,500 people die from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma.
If you have been exposed to asbestos and develop an asbestos disease then you have the right to claim compensation.
Asbestos compensation can help you to:
- Achieve a sense of justice;
- Pay for private medical care;
- Make adjustments to your home;
- Pay for carers and medical aids;
- Leave money behind for your loved ones.
How to make a claim for asbestos compensation
Sadly, thousands of people across the UK have been routinely and unlawfully exposed to deadly asbestos fibres.
Fortunately, legislation is in place to help you and your family if you have developed an asbestos disease. Our expert solicitors can help you to claim compensation for wrongful exposure and to compensate you for your reduced quality of life.
Whatever your circumstances we simply need you to tell us a little about yourself, your condition, and your work history and we can do the rest.
We’re here to help – speak to us for free initial advice today by calling 0800 038 6767.
What compensation & financial assistance is available to asbestos disease sufferers?
Following your diagnosis, depending on your circumstances, you may be able to:
- Claim government benefits specific to your condition;
- Apply under governmental compensation schemes;
- Claim civil compensation (make an ‘asbestos claim’ or ‘asbestos compensation claim’).
We can support you in applying for all three options listed and specialise in assisting people to make civil asbestos compensation claims.
What is an asbestos compensation claim?
An asbestos compensation claim is a claim you make against the company that exposed you to asbestos. Often, this is a previous employer. You make the asbestos claim directly against the employer or their insurance company. Fortunately, we can often succeed in recovering compensation in asbestos claims even when a company is no longer trading by tracing previous insurance cover.
Why make an asbestos claim?
IMPORTANT: If your asbestos claim is successful, you are often likely to receive much more compensation than you would under a government compensation scheme.
Asbestos claims take into account your unique circumstances. We can help you to claim a compensation amount which takes into account your personal financial situation and income, your private medical care, medical aids, assistance and more.
How does the asbestos claims process work?
You can read about the claims process in detail here. Our specialist asbestos disease solicitors are able to make the process move quickly to secure the compensation you need. We regularly recover compensation for mesothelioma and other asbestos disease sufferers within 3 to 12 months of opening a case. We understand how important this can be if you or a loved one are particularly poorly. As a result, we deal with our asbestos case work as a priority.
Try our asbestos claims calculator:
Making an asbestos claim could dramatically improve your quality of life, allowing you to access the financial support you really need. Use our claims calculator to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to by clicking here.
Asbestos disease compensation – your diagnosis matters
In order for us to make a successful claim for asbestos compensation, you need to have been diagnosed with an asbestos disease. You can read about asbestos diseases in detail by clicking here.
Some of the most common asbestos diseases are:
- Pleural plaques
- Asbestos-related lung cancer
- Pleural thickening
- Pleural plaques
After we have confirmed that you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we will discuss your work history with you.
Your work history
Most people who develop an asbestos disease were exposed to asbestos at work. Some industries are more high-risk than others. For example, you are more likely to have been exposed to asbestos if you worked as one of the following:
- Civil engineer
- Heating engineer
Of course, you could have been exposed to asbestos in many other jobs too. For example, asbestos is a notoriously common building material in schools and hospitals, and so teachers and health professionals are affected too.
You can visit the following pages to learn more about asbestos at work:
Exposure outside of work
It is not just those who worked with asbestos that develop asbestos diseases. Wherever you were exposed to asbestos, we may be able to pursue a claim on your behalf.
In the past, we have successfully claimed compensation for people who have had ‘secondary exposure’ to asbestos.
Secondary exposure occurs when an asbestos worker unwittingly brings asbestos dust into their home and sadly exposes their family. For example:
A worker returns home covered in asbestos dust and hugs his wife and young son. His family members unknowingly breathe in the dust from the clothes. They have experienced ‘secondary exposure,’ and are sadly now also at risk of developing an asbestos disease. Another example is of wives washing a husband’s asbestos contaminated clothing.
No win, no fee
We help you to claim asbestos compensation on a no win, no fee basis – this means that you do not pay anything if your case is unsuccessful. If your case is successful, you will receive compensation. If it is unsuccessful, an insurance policy ensures that you do not have to pay any of the costs.
Other financial assistance
As well as helping you to claim compensation, we can also help you to apply for other financial assistance. If you have an asbestos disease you may be eligible for:
- Government benefits specific to your condition;
- Funds from governmental compensation schemes.
We can guide you through the application process. Importantly, you are likely to receive much more money through the claims process than through government schemes. However, you can often pursue both at the same time.
Why choose us?
Asbestos disease claims are a niche area of law. As a result, not many legal firms in the UK have Solicitors who specialise in pursuing these claims. Being a personal injury solicitor is not the same as being an industrial disease or asbestos claims specialist.
Luckily, our Solicitors do specialise in industrial disease and asbestos claims. As well as being specialists, we focus on developing relationships with our clients and supporting them through their disease. Our level of support is reflected in our five star reviews – which you can read by clicking here.
Our successful asbestos claims
Over the years we have been successful in hundreds of asbestos claims. We are very proud to have helped our clients claim large amounts of compensation, and know that this has made a real difference to their lives.
Recently, we claimed over £200,000 for Mr B – you can read his story here.
As well as legal support, we provide our clients with unrivalled personal support during what can be a very difficult time. This is reflected strongly in our client reviews. You can find out what our clients have to say by clicking here or by visiting our Trustpilot page here.
How can we help?
To find out if you could claim asbestos compensation please call us today on 0800 038 6767 or visit our contact page. Alternatively you can find out how much you could claim using our asbestos compensation calculator.