Asbestos Compensation Solicitors
A loved one being diagnosed with an asbestos related illness can be devasting for all the family. We are here to help with your claim.
Who is at risk from asbestos exposure?
Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre that was widely used in construction and other industries until the late 1990s. Historically, before its dangers were known, asbestos was often used in buildings for insulation, flooring, roofing, and was sprayed on ceilings and walls. Its use is now banned in the UK, but buildings constructed before the year 2000 may still have asbestos in them.
Where asbestos buildings remain intact, it poses very little risk. It is when it’s damaged or disturbed that tiny asbestos fibres can be released into the air and thereafter enter into the lungs. Breathing in asbestos fibres can damage your lungs and their lining.
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What are the health complications caused by asbestos?
The symptoms of asbestos-related conditions take many years, even decades, to appear after the original exposure. In practical terms it means that a claimant who has asbestos related disease diagnosed in 2015 was probably exposed between 1975 and 1980 but the exposure could have been even earlier.
Exposure to asbestos can cause a range of illnesses, including:
- Lung cancer
- Pleural thickening
How do I make an asbestos exposure compensation claim?
Get in touch with us if you want to make an asbestos exposure compensation claim.
If you have no idea where you were exposed to asbestos, you may still claim compensation from the Government. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma after July 25 2012 and are unable to trace the company where you were exposed to asbestos or the company’s insurer, you may be eligible to receive 80% of the value of the average civil compensation claim from a central fund.
Is there an asbestos claims time limit?
Legislation sets a three-year statutory time limit for making a personal injury claims. In claims for industrial disease compensation this will be usually be within 3 years of the date of the initial diagnosis.
If you are claiming on behalf of a relative who died from an asbestos related disease before the expiration of the three years, you have three years from the date your relative passed away. However, due to the serious nature of asbestos diseases, especially mesothelioma and asbestos lung cancer, there is a certain amount of flexibility, so it will be worth contacting us even if the diagnosis was many years ago.
Can I make a claim on behalf of a loved one who has died?
Asbestos-related diseases are not limited to workers but can also affect members of their families, who may have developed an asbestos-related disease or cancer as a result of being exposed to asbestos fibres on work clothes. You can make a claim for a loved one who has died from an asbestos-related disease.
How long does an asbestos claim take to make?
A compensation claim for an asbestos related disease usually takes 12 months or less to complete but can take up to 18 months; however more complex cases that need greater evidence can take up to three years.
What is the average settlement for an asbestos claim in the UK?
It is both impossible and inappropriate to put a value on a life. The only remedy a court can provide is by the payment of compensation. There are number of bases under which a court can award compensation although not all are applicable in any case.
Assessment of compensation must always be a matter of individual assessment in each case, as every case is unique for stop diamonds can be obtained from previous cases which will enable an estimate we made the likely award if the matter had been decided by the court. Compensation will comprise an element to reflect the injury component, pain and suffering as well as a separate element for financial losses and expenses.
Certain conditions will determine what level of compensation
- £63,650 to £114,460 compensation for mesothelioma.
- £70,000 to £95,000 compensation for lung cancer.
- £35,000 to £100,000 compensation for serious asbestosis & plural thickening.
- £15,000 to £35,000 compensation for less serious asbestosis & plural thickening.
These figures are provided as guidance only.
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