Mesothelioma and Asbestos Compensation Claims
If you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, our expert lawyers can help you make a claim and provide specialist support.
Our expert asbestos disease lawyers work with doctors and clinical nurse specialists to help their patients and families following the diagnosis of an asbestos related disease such as; mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.
We can initially assess your claim for free and could deal with your asbestos claim on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis.
Have you been at risk of exposure to asbestos?
Asbestos became a major commercial material during the industrial revolution and its use across the UK multiplied over the following decades. Asbestos was a core material used in many industries including:
- Shipping and shipbuilding
- Rail transport
- Power stations
- Cement production
- Plumbing and heating
- Insulation and fireproofing
- Chemical plants
- Motor mechanics
If you worked within these industries during your career you may have been at risk of exposure to asbestos.
If you worked within:
- military sites
- your occupation involved; roofing, electrics, woodwork or painting and decorating
You may also have been affected due to asbestos being used or present within your work environment.
Secondary exposure, also known as second hand exposure, may have occurred if you worked in the same room or area as others who were working with asbestos products or if you lived near factories or shipyards where asbestos was used.
Secondary exposure also frequently occurred when workers returned home in work clothes covered with asbestos dust. On greeting their loved ones or when clothes were shaken off and washed by partners, the asbestos fibers could be breathed in. If you have endured secondary exposure to asbestos, we may also be able to help you.
Complete asbestos and mesothelioma legal advice and support
We provide advice and support across a variety of areas:
- Mesothelioma compensation claim
- Asbestosis claim
- Lung cancer related to Asbestos
- Pleural thickening claim
- Asbestos claims after death
Common questions about mesothelioma and asbestos compensation claims
How soon should I make a claim?
Symptoms of an asbestos related disease may begin with breathlessness, a persistent cough, pain or tightness in the chest. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms we would urge you to seek medical advice straight away.
Generally, following diagnosis of an asbestos related disease, you have three years from the date of that diagnosis to claim compensation.
On occasions it may be difficult to assess when the three year time limit begins to run. For example, if you were diagnosed with the benign condition of pleural plaques many years ago, you may think you are out of time, sometimes this is not the case. Our expert team is able to conduct initial enquiries to determine when your three year time period began to run.
If you are making a claim on behalf of a loved one who has passed away, you have three years from the date of their death to start or continue their claim. Our solicitors will be able to advise you in relation to the limitation based on the specific facts of your case.
How far back can I make a claim for exposure to asbestos?
After initial exposure to asbestos, there is a latency period before symptoms may present. This can be anywhere from 10 to 60 years, although a typical time period is around 40 years.
Even though an asbestos related disease can take decades to develop, it is still possible to make a claim against the employer who exposed you to asbestos, even if that employer has ceased to trade and even if you are unsure where or when you were exposed.
Our specialist lawyers will take a full work history to:-
- Identify which employers exposed you to asbestos,
- Identify the probable sources of your exposure to asbestos;
- Trace possible witnesses to support your claim;
- Carry out searches to trace the former employer’s liability insurers on cover at the time of your exposure to asbestos;
- Pursue a claim for compensation against those insurers, even if your former employer no longer trades.
How to make a claim?
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease then you should contact our specialist team to find out whether you are eligible for compensation. We would recommend you seek legal advice as soon as possible after diagnosis.
We offer a free initial consultation during which we will ask you about your work history and your illness and advise you on the claims process and the likelihood of your claim succeeding.
If you have previously made a claim for asbestos related disease, which has settled on a provisional basis and your symptoms have progressed or developed from, for example, pleural thickening or asbestosis, to mesothelioma; we may be able to re-open your case and obtain further compensation.
If a family member dies from an asbestos related condition, the estate can make a claim within three years from the date of death.
Please call us on 01482 316724 for a free initial consultation.
What steps are there in an asbestos claim process?
1. Free consultation
We will have an initial chat about your work history and exposure to asbestos and your diagnosis of asbestos related disease and decide the best way to progress.
2. Determine who is responsible
Once we have identified the potential Defendants, we will investigate those employers to establish where and how you were exposed to asbestos; trace available documents and contact witnesses who may be able to support your claim.
If your former employer no longer trades we will carry out searches to trace their former insurers, who we will pursue for compensation.
3. Evaluate your needs
We will look at the severity and impact of the asbestos related disease on your health and your future requirements. This will enable us to calculate the amount of compensation we think you will need to live a comfortable life.
4. Accessing support
Our specialist support team can help you while your claim is ongoing with:
- claiming benefits
- accessing the best care and support services
5. Compensation settlement
Most compensation claims are settled out of court between the two parties involved. However, when the responsible party does not accept blame or disagrees with the amount of compensation requested, we will start court proceedings. We have an experienced team of Solicitors and Barristers to help and represent you. We will be at your side all the way through to give you support and reassurance.
How much can you claim?
The amount of compensation we can secure for your asbestos claim is dependent upon a number of factors including the type of asbestos disease suffered, severity of symptoms, pain and suffering caused, as well as individual circumstances, financial losses and care needs.
The amount can also vary depending upon whether the claim is brought by the sufferer or on behalf of your estate. If your spouse, long-term partner or a parent has died you may also be able to claim as a ‘dependent’ to account for loss of income.
In addition to your claim for compensation, you may also be entitled to certain benefits. Our expert team can assist you with accessing any benefits you may be entitled to.
What additional support can SJP Law provide?
SJP Law has helped many people over the last few decades and has a specialist network of trusted support professionals to assist you with:
- Applying for state benefits and lump sums from the government
- Advice on assistance aids, home adaptations and nursing care
- Help you find local support groups and link up with asbestos charities
- Advice on making a Will, taking out a grant of probate and creating a Trust
- Home and hospital visits
- Helping families deal with coroners and inquests following the death of a loved one
The team to trust when you need help and support
Our expert lawyers have a wealth of experience in providing support to individuals and their families who have suffered life changing injuries.
We can help you if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease. We work with experts in their fields, whether it be medical or legal, to provide support and evaluate your future requirements so that appropriate damages can be claimed for you.
Sadly, due to the serious nature of some asbestos related diseases, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer, some client’s die before it is possible to settle a claim. It is possible for your family to commence or continue with a claim in this situation, providing some financial security for your loved ones.
We can provide advice and support to you either at home or in hospital, and if we think you may have a claim for compensation for an asbestos related disease, we will help you to plan for your future. We work on a ‘No win, No fee’ basis and we do not charge for our initial meeting.
We pride ourselves on being trusted, independent, successful and helpful in all cases with our clients.