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Asbestos & Mesothelioma Compensation Solicitors

If you suffer from mesothelioma and other asbestos-exposure related illnesses, our experienced team of industrial disease lawyers may be able to help you claim the compensation you deserve.

Our London-based solicitors have been working with clients to seek asbestos and mesothelioma compensation for many years. They understand what is required and have specialist skills and legal knowledge relating to asbestos exposure and the potential life-long hazards that it may present. 

ASBESTOS HELPLINE: For a free confidential discussion ask for Isobel Lovett. Isobel has dedicated many years to gaining compensation for sufferers of asbestos related diseases. To get your questions answered give her a call today.

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    The work we do

    We have a proven record of successfully claiming asbestos and mesothelioma compensation for sufferers of related illnesses. Though no amount of money may cover the physical and emotional difficulties presented by an asbestos-related illness diagnosis, the compensation can be used to cover the cost of care, loss of income through inability to work and any changes to your home you may need to make.

    Our experienced team treats every case individually and handles your claim with the consideration and care it requires. 

    We look to support our clients and their families and work closely with several support groups and workplace campaigns to raise awareness of asbestos-related illnesses and support those who are diagnosed.

    Our team works tirelessly to get those affected by mesothelioma and asbestos exposure the compensation they deserve. Our successful cases show what our team is able to do for you and others who suffer from asbestos-related illnesses.

    "VERY PROFESSIONAL AND FOCUSED THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS. ISOBEL LOVETT KNEW WHAT WAS REQUIRED TO WIN MY CASE AND APPLIED HERSELF TO THE TASK. I WOULD RECOMMEND HODGE JONES & ALLEN WITHOUT HESITATION."

    What is asbestos exposure?

    Asbestos is a type of insulation material that was frequently used in building works across the UK until the late 1990s. When asbestos is disturbed, such as during building works or housing repairs, it can release fine dust particles that are hazardous to inhale. 

    Long-term exposure to asbestos dust can have harmful effects on the human respiratory system and can cause permanent, and often fatal, damage to the lungs. Exposure has also been proven to cause several long-term illnesses, including the lung cancer mesothelioma.

    Although the dangers of asbestos have been known in the UK since the 1930s, many employers failed to warn or provide protection for their workers. However, new use of asbestos was finally banned in this country in 1999.

    People working in the following industries may be at risk of asbestos exposure:

    • Building/construction
    • Ship manufacturers
    • Manufacturing of household appliances
    • Motor manufacturing
    • Power stations and energy providers
    • Telecommunications
    If you work in one of the above industries and are concerned you may have been exposed to asbestos, contact our specialist team today on
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    What is mesothelioma? 

    Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that usually develops in the lining of the lungs (pleural mesothelioma) but can also affect the lining of the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma) and the lining of the heart (pericardial mesothelioma).

    The main cause of it is the exposure to asbestos dust which gets into the lungs and develops into one of the forms of mesothelioma.

    What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?

    The symptoms of mesothelioma can include the following:

    • Shortness of breath
    • Tiredness
    • Chest pain
    • Persistent cough
    • Sweating and high temperatures
    • Weight loss
    • Loss of appetite
    • Difficulty in swallowing
    • Pain or swelling in the abdomen
    • Feeling sick
    • Diarrhoea or constipation

    How do I make a compensation claim for mesothelioma and asbestos exposure?

    We understand the difficulties you might face should you be diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness. 

    We aim to assist people like you throughout the compensation claim process, maintaining a close relationship with you and your loved ones throughout. Along with successfully claiming monetary compensation for other sufferers, we have also enabled some of those we have worked with to have access to treatments not currently available on the NHS. We have also worked closely with advisors and support groups in the sector to provide support where possible, including making changes to your home life, should you need specialist adaptations.

    If you have any of the following asbestos-related conditions you may be able to claim compensation:

    • Mesothelioma
    • Asbestos-related lung cancer
    • Asbestosis
    • Pleural thickening
    • Pleural effusions
    • Pleural plaques

    Most asbestos conditions result from exposure to asbestos at work. Exposure can also have occurred in the following circumstances which could give rise to a claim:

    • Contaminated work clothing being brought home
    • Living near an asbestos factory
    • Use of talcum powder
    • Uncontrolled asbestos removal in rented accommodation

    You should contact our specialist team who will be able to advise you further.

    Who can claim asbestos & mesothelioma compensation?

    The following people may be entitled to bring a claim:

    • The person diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition
    • Spouse and partners
    • Other dependents

    If you are unsure whether you can claim, please contact our team for further advice.

    What can I claim for?

    Compensation typically covers the following:

    • the illness and its effects
    • care and assistance
    • aids and equipment
    • the costs of replacing services such as gardening, DIY etc
    • income loss past and future
    • medical and associated expenses
    • immunotherapy and other private medical treatment

    In addition to compensation, we will also help you to claim any DWP benefits you may be entitled to.

    Being safe at work

    Train Safe, Work Safe, Keep Safe is a campaign run by the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) in which UKATA members offer free asbestos training as a means of highlighting the dangers of asbestos and the need for essential training for those who may encounter the substance.

    What should I do if I have been diagnosed with mesothelioma?

    After contacting a medical professional, it is important to get early legal advice and support. The condition will require ongoing treatment and there are a number of local support groups in regions around the country that can help. The London Asbestos Support Awareness Group (LASAG) is an independent charity set up to assist patients and families affected by asbestos disease across London and the south east.  

    There are some asbestos websites that look like charities but are in fact claims management companies. Read the small print, legal notice at the bottom of the website to see who they actually are.

    Get support from charities and groups related to mesothelioma today

    We are dedicated to helping those affected by industrial disease. As such, we have established a nurses’ fund for nurses working in the London area to apply for sponsorship and personal development. The fund aims to financially support nurses who require further training in the care and consideration of those people affected by industrial disease. 

    Apply for our Nurses’ Fund Sponsorship today. 

    Meet The Team
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    Lorna Webster
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    Joanne Candlish
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How was asbestos used?

    Asbestos was widely used in industry and construction from the 1900s. It was installed extensively as fireproofing and insulation throughout the 1960s and 1980s and can still be found in some buildings from those eras.

    Find out how to identify asbestos use.

    Do I have a claim for an asbestos-related illness?

    Anyone who has been exposed to asbestos and has suffered health complications as a result may have a claim. If you have any of the following asbestos-related conditions you may be able to claim asbestos and mesothelioma compensation:

    • Mesothelioma
    • Asbestos-related lung cancer
    • Asbestosis
    • Pleural thickening
    • Pleural effusions
    • Pleural plaques

    Most asbestos conditions result from exposure to asbestos at work. However, exposure may have occurred in a number of other ways that can also lead to a claim. This includes: 

    • Contaminated work clothing being brought home
    • Living near an asbestos factory
    • Use of talcum powder
    • Uncontrolled asbestos removal in rented accommodation

    If you think you may have an asbestos claim for compensation, get in touch with our team for a free consultation.

    How long will my claim take?

    This will depend on the nature of your claim. Our team will be able to explain the procedure and how long the process is likely to take. We will always aim to win your case as quickly as possible.

    Who can claim?

    In cases of asbestos-related illnesses, the following people may be entitled to bring a claim:

    • The person diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition
    • Their spouse or partner
    • Other dependents

    If you are unsure whether you can claim, please contact our team for further advice.

    What can I claim for?

    In asbestos-related cases, compensation will differ from person to person. However, it typically covers the following:

    • The illness and its effects
    • Care and assistance
    • Aids and equipment
    • The costs of replacing services such as gardening, DIY etc
    • Past and future income loss
    • Medical and associated expenses
    • Immunotherapy and other private medical treatment

    In addition to compensation, we will also help you to claim any DWP benefits you may be entitled to as a result of the illnesses you have suffered.

    How much will it cost me?

    Our work is funded through a conditional fee agreement, which is often known as No Win, No Fee. This means you can make a claim without having to worry about being able to afford up-front legal fees.

    How long will my claim take?

    Every claim is different, so it can be hard to say how long it might take to get an outcome. It will all depend on the nature of the claim. Our team will be able to explain the procedure and how long the process is likely to take when you get in touch for a consultation. 

    We will always aim to win your case as quickly as possible to minimise the impact of having to go to court and argue your case.

    How long do I have to bring a claim?

    The law normally requires that court proceedings be started within three years of when you are first told that you have an asbestos-related disease, or within three years of the date the person concerned has passed away. With this in mind, it’s important that you get in touch as soon as possible to start your compensation claim. 

    There are some limited exceptions to this rule, so if you are past the time limit please do still get in touch to discuss this with our team.

    Can I still claim if my employer no longer exists?

    Yes – a compensation claim can still be brought, as long as the employer’s insurer can be traced. 

    Even if this is not the case, all is not lost. An application can still be made to a government scheme to obtain any compensation owed. We will advise you on your options when we examine the details of your personal case.

    I already have a solicitor acting for me. Can I transfer to another?

    Yes. You are free to instruct a solicitor of your own choice. Transferring your claim shouldn’t present a problem. Any costs that may be due to your current solicitor can usually be put on hold and recovered at the end of the case if it is successful, along with any fees of your new solicitor.

    What happens to my claim if I passed away before the case is finished?

    The claim can continue in the case of your death. In many asbestos-related claims, the victim has unfortunately already passed away. In these cases, it is often the family that makes a claim against the employer for the loss of a loved one. 

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