Asbestos Claims – Everything You Need To Know
If you, or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, we can help you to claim compensation. Our guide explains asbestos claims in detail.
What is asbestos?
Asbestos is a heat-resistant silicate mineral. In the past, companies used asbestos in construction and other industries because it was cheap and resistant to heat, electricity and sound. However, the UK government banned the use of asbestos in 1999 because it is considered to be harmful to health.
If you breathe in asbestos fibres they become lodged in your lungs and can damage them. This can cause very serious illnesses.
Many people exposed to asbestos in the past have now been diagnosed with an asbestos disease. The main asbestos diseases are:
- Pleural thickening;
- Pleural plaques;
- Pleural effusions;
- Asbestos-related lung cancer;
- Mesothelioma (an aggressive, incurable form of cancer).
Can I claim compensation for my asbestos disease?
If you have been diagnosed with any of the asbestos diseases listed above, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
You should always seek legal advice as quickly as possible, to make sure you can access any compensation that is available to you. Our specialist asbestos disease solicitors offer initial free advice, and can confidently assess your situation to advise whether you are eligible for compensation.
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.
Use 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.
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 unrivaled 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.
Asbestos Claims Average Settlement
The amount of money you could recover in compensation depends on a number of factors. These factors include:
- What asbestos disease you have;
- How old you are when you are diagnosed with an asbestos disease;
- The extent to which the asbestos disease is affecting you;
- Whether or not you are still working;
- Whether or not you require care and assistance because of your asbestos disease.
How can we help?
If you would like some free initial advice for yourself or a loved one, please contact our friendly specialist asbestos disease solicitors today. You can do so by calling our freephone number: 0800 038 6767.
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