Here you’ll find information on the claims process, treatment centres and clinical trials plus more information on asbestos diseases themselves. We hope you will find these topical questions useful throughout your search. If you do have any specific questions we’re only at the end of the phone and happy to advice whatever stage you’re at. Freephone 0800 038 6767
Where can I find information on the latest treatments?
Where can I find information on treatments available?
Treatments are available for malignant mesothelioma. Unfortunately, benign diseases do not have specific treatments. However, help is at hand, relieving breathlessness through physiotherapy can be highly beneficial.
Mesothelioma treatments include:
Visit the British Lung Foundation for more information on available treatments here
Which hospitals provide the treatment I need?
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos disease finding the right help can be difficult. We have compiled a list of some of the UK’s top treatment and trial centres for asbestos diseases. Many have been recognised for their survival success rates and pioneering treatments so you’ll always be in safe hands.
Will certain treatments prolong prognosis?
This will depend on the individual. There is a community of mesothelioma warriors who have been fighting mesothelioma for longer than their initial prognosis with the help of various treatments.
Which clinical trials are currently available?
Where can I find information on clinical trials?
The NHS actively provides information on all latest trials available for mesothelioma, including trials running closer to home.
Visit their website here: NHS Mesothelioma Trials
The Royal Marsden is one of the leading clinical trials and treatment centres in the UK, you can view their latest clinical trials here: The Royal Marsden Clinical Trials.
Where can I find information on specialist consultants?
Every month we publish a free issue of Justice, a newsletter featuring latest specialist consultant profiles and much more useful advice. Download your free copy here: Justice Newsletters.
Asbestos-related diseases explained
What are asbestos-related conditions?
Asbestos-related conditions can take up to 50 years to develop. There are five asbestos-related conditions, mesothelioma, asbestos lung cancer, pleural thickening, asbestosis and pleural plaques.
What is asbestosis?
Asbestosis occurs after inhaling excessive amounts of asbestos fibres. It causes a slow growth of scar tissue across the lungs like a spider’s web. Eventually the extent of the scarring has a strangling effect on the lungs, meaning they can’t expand and contract normally.
What are pleural plaques?
Pleural plaques are areas of scar tissue on the thin membrane surrounding the lungs also known as the pleura. This is the most common type of benign pleural disease.
Pleural plaques do not carry any risk directly, but can be evidence of asbestos exposure and cause to check for other more serious asbestos-related diseases.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a very aggressive, treatment resistant cancerous tumour that affects the pleura of the lung (the thin membrane surrounding the lungs) and the peritoneum (the membrane lining the abdominal cavity).
It is caused by exposure to asbestos and inhalation of deadly fibres.
One of the defining features of this cancer is the latency period between exposure and experiencing symptoms of the disease. Commonly the delay can be up to 50 years.
Can anyone contract/develop an asbestos disease?
From 1940 to 1980 there were common occupations with a high risk of exposure to asbestos dust. Those who worked in trades such as plumbers, electricians and carpenters were frequently exposed to asbestos. Many service veterans were also highly at risk of exposure to asbestos from ship building during the war through lagging pipes and stoking fires on board.
All such occupations meant that workers were highly at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.
Unfortunately asbestos dust could also be passed on to family members as it stuck to work clothes. Many children have developed an asbestos disease by simply hugging their fathers. Wives have been exposed to asbestos from washing the clothes of their husbands. This type of asbestos exposure is known as secondary exposure.
How does the claims process work?
Who will be dealing with my claim?
A dedicated team of specialist asbestos solicitors will always handle your claim. We have an excellent track record of success in asbestos compensation claims. To speak to a member of the team, please call 0800 038 6767.
Are there any time limits for making a claim?
Yes. You have a period of 3 years from the date of diagnosis in which to issue Court proceedings. In other words, you have 3 years from the day you become aware that you have an asbestos-related condition in which to issue your claim at Court.
Will I have to pay to make a claim?
Our solicitors work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. If we lose, we do not charge you anything. At the outset of the case we take out an insurance policy on your behalf to protect you against any costs.
How long is my claim likely to take?
Every case is different and the length of time needed to bring a claim to a conclusion depends on a number of factors. We aim to settle cases in the shortest time possible and have on a number of occasions completed mesothelioma claims in just 60 days.
Can I claim if I develop another asbestos-related condition?
There are two ways of settling a claim, on a provisional basis or on a full and final basis. If you settle on a provisional basis, the settlement figure will be slightly lower, however, should your condition deteriorate significantly or you develop a further asbestos-related condition, you will be able to claim further compensation for this.
How much compensation should I expect to receive?
Every case is different and each is assessed on its individual merits. There are often two heads of claim, general damages covering pain and suffering and special damages which includes loss of earnings and any care costs.
I do not live in the UK, can I still make a claim?
Yes. If you were employed in the UK we can help you pursue a claim. We have successfully completed claims for clients living all over the world including New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Spain, Italy and France.