Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer Compensation Claims
Asbestos-related lung cancer is not the same as mesothelioma. Asbestos-related lung cancer tends to affect the lung itself, whereas mesothelioma, when it develops in the lungs, affects the lining of the lung.
Compensation for asbestos-related lung cancer
If you have been diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer, we may be able to help you claim compensation.
To start looking into a claim, we first need to confirm your diagnosis. We then need to establish whether asbestos has played a part in the development of the cancer. This can be a complicated matter as there are multiple potential causes of lung cancer. In order to prove that asbestos has contributed to the risk of developing lung cancer, we need to prove a very heavy history of asbestos exposure, such as that seen with asbestos laggers or those who worked in asbestos factories. If you have smoked, this does not mean that your lung cancer is not asbestos-related. Smoking along with asbestos exposure puts you at a greater risk of developing lung cancer.
You may have a letter from your treating medical team which confirms your diagnosis. However, we are often contacted after an appointment and no written proof has been provided yet. This is not a problem as we can provide you with a form of consent to allow us to obtain your full medical records from your GP and any hospital you have attended.
- Your employment history
We then need to establish where, when and how you were exposed to asbestos. Our specialist asbestos disease solicitors will go through your employment history and help identify any companies that may have exposed you to asbestos. We will request your schedule of employment from the HMRC (Inland Revenue) which will help with this. This will detail all the tax years and companies you worked for from 1961/62, when their records began. We will then discuss with you the nature of your work with each company and how you were exposed to asbestos. Our experience allows us to ask relevant questions to help build up your asbestos exposure evidence.
Once we have these details, we can start our company research, trying to find out if the company is still trading. If it is not, we will use our experience to try and trace insurance for the time you worked there. Unfortunately, sometimes we are unable to trace an active company or insurer and so a legal claim for asbestos disease compensation cannot be brought.
Once we have confirmed your diagnosis, identified a potential defendant and sufficient exposure to asbestos, we can open a file and act for you on a no win, no fee basis.
What will compensation be claimed for?
There are two aspects to each claim:
- General damages
This includes an amount for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your asbestos-related lung cancer. To help value this we will instruct an independent, expert medical consultant to write a report detailing how you have been affected by your condition. This will not usually involve attending a medical appointment. Generally speaking the report will be compiled following a review of your medical records.
- Special damages
This relates to any financial losses you have suffered as a result of your diagnosis. This can include:
- Loss of earnings (if you are/were still working at the time of your diagnosis and are no longer able to continue working);
- Care and assistance, (if your condition has progressed to the point where you are no longer able to do some things for yourself) whether it be privately paid nursing care or care provided by a family member. This includes assistance with attending medical appointments, shopping, housework and gardening;
- Adaptation costs, including stair lifts;
- Travel expenses, including travel to and from medical appointments (make sure you keep a note of your appointments, mileage/taxi fares etc.).
No win, no fee
We run all of our asbestos-related lung cancer claims on a no win, no fee basis.
Why choose us?
We are a small, dedicated team who have over 30 years of collective experience working on asbestos disease compensation claims. We strive to provide an efficient and personal service to all of our clients, securing maximum compensation with minimal stress.
We will talk you through every step of the claims process and can arrange for our specialist solicitors to visit you at home at the start of the claim, if you would prefer.
Every year we help our clients claim the compensation they deserve and they are very happy with our results. Don’t just take our word for it, you can read their reviews here.
Asbestos-related lung cancer compensation claims are complex and need to be dealt with by specialist solicitors with experience in this niche area of law. From day one you will speak to our expert team, they will guide you through the process and make it as easy as possible for you to secure the justice you need.
As well as obtaining the best results we can for our clients, we want to give back to the community. We appreciate the amazing work Macmillan Cancer Support do for our clients and we are passionate about fundraising for the charity. We have raised tens of thousands of pounds for Macmillan Cancer Support over the years. We are proud to support them in their continued efforts in the fight against asbestos related cancers and other forms of the disease.
How can we help?
Call us on 0800 038 6767 for free advice or try out asbestos claims calculator to find out how much compensation you could be entitled to.