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Our personal injury solicitors offer a free advice service and will advise you whether or not you have a valid compensation claim for asbestos related disease. Our solicitors will be happy to discuss your matter at length and will arrange a home visit if you believe that is more appropriate. We will answer all of your questions on asbestosis or mesothelioma claims in plain English and will never use legal jargon. We operate using the no win no fee* scheme. If after speaking with one of our solicitors you decide to proceed no further you will not be charged for our time which is given freely and without further obligation.

HELPLINE 0845 643 3101

Asbestos Related Diseases

Asbestos related diseases fall into four main categories which are asbestosis, mesothelioma, lung cancer and pleural disease. In all cases the time between exposure to asbestos fibres and the onset of symptoms can be decades and occasionally in excess of 50 years although much shorter periods have been observed particularly in the case of heavy and prolonged asbestos exposure. Almost any degree of exposure, inhalation or ingestion of asbestos fibres carries with it a risk of contracting an asbestos related disease. A lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma claim will be successful if the solicitor can prove that the employer failed to implement a safe system of work thereby placing employees in danger.

A lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma claim can be made by a personal injury solicitor against negligent former employers however current UK law precludes legal action for those suffering from pleural disease including diffuse pleural thickening and localised pleural plaques :-

  • Mesothelioma

      This disease is a form of cancer of the mesothelium which is the lining that covers most of the organs of the body. The disease has a poor prognosis and legal advice about a mesothelioma claim should be sought as soon as possible after diagnosis.
  • Asbestosis

      This disease is a chronic inflammation of the lungs resulting from inhalation of asbestos fibres causing shortness of breath which, in severe cases, may cause respiratory failure and death.
  • Lung Cancer

      Illness rates are higher in those exposed to asbestos fibres than found in the general population. The combination of smoking cigarettes, together with ingestion of asbestos fibres poses a considerably higher risk of contracting lung cancer.
  • Pleural Disease

      This condition is caused by scarring of the outer lining of the lung by asbestos fibres usually without symptoms save and except the anxiety of the knowledge of exposure and the associated risk of developing a more serious asbestos related disease.

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Compensation Awards

If you or someone you know has developed an asbestos related disease and wants to make a lung cancer, abestosis or mesothelioma claim for personal injury compensation our solicitors offer qualified legal advice at no cost. We operate the no win no fee scheme otherwise known as a conditional fee agreement. No legal charge is payable unless the legal case is won and the client obtains an award of compensation. In the event that the legal claim is lost there is no charge made by the solicitor to the client. Damages awarded in a lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma compensation claim are divided into three main categories as follows:-

  • Special Damages

      This item represents compensation that can be calculated with a degree of mathematical accuracy whereby assessment by lawyers or a judge is not necessary. Items of special damages in asbestosis or mesothelioma claims are usually proved by way of documentary evidence such as invoices, estimates or receipts. The main item of general damages is usually loss of wages including past losses and future losses together with the cost of care and other general expenses.
  • General Damages

      This item represents compensation for items of loss that cannot be calculated and require a degree of assessment. The main item of general damages in lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma claims is usually the value of the award for the pain and suffering of the illness together with a sum for loss of amenity or lifestyle. There are many other smaller items that qualify under this category.
  • Interest

      This item can be claimed on both general damages and special damages. The calculations are complex and different parameters including different interest rates apply to different types of compensation. Due to the interest factor it is not worth the while of insurers to delay settlement of a lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma compensation claim.

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Time Limits

The time limit for taking legal action for asbestos related disease compensation claims under the Limitation Act 1980 must take account of the considerable latency period between exposure and the appearance of symptoms, the effect of which is that the normal three year period during which a claim must be settled or legal proceedings must be issued in a court of law does not start to run until a positive diagnosis has been made or should have been made had the victim acted with reasonable diligence. In most cases it is incumbent on the sufferer to make enquiries into their condition as soon as possible after the appearance of symptoms and to thereafter take legal advice and issue legal proceedings to preserve the legal right to receive compensation once a positive diagnosis has been confirmed.

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HELPLINE 0845 643 3101