We have a proven record of successfully claiming compensation for people who suffer from asbestos related illnesses. Call us today for a free, confidential discussion.
Our leading Asbestos team have specialist understanding and legal knowledge relating to asbestos exposure and the potential life-long hazards that it can present. We regularly help clients and their families to secure compensation, and access treatments that aren’t available on the NHS.
Read on for our team’s answers to common Asbestos & Mesothelioma FAQ’s.
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For a free confidential discussion ask for Isobel Lovett, Head of our Asbestos team. Isobel (centre) and the team have dedicated many years to helping people who suffer from asbestos related diseases. To get your questions answered call her today.
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If you or a loved one suffer from mesothelioma or other asbestos related illnesses, our experienced team can help you claim the compensation you deserve.
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Watch the story of our client who was exposed to asbestos and helped by our solicitors after being diagnosed with mesothelioma.
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:
- Asbestos-related lung cancer
- 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.
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 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.
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:
- Ship manufacturers
- Manufacturing of household appliances
- Motor manufacturing
- Power stations and energy providers
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.
The symptoms of mesothelioma can include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- 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
I cannot remember exactly when I was exposed to asbestos as it was decades ago – is that a problem?
Not necessarily. Our specialist lawyers have extensive knowledge about how asbestos materials were used in the past. We will thoroughly investigate all possible sources of your exposure to asbestos dust in your employment or elsewhere. We will obtain relevant records and try to obtain witnesses to support your claim.
The employers who exposed me to asbestos are no longer in business, can I still pursue a claim?
This is a common problem but even if the company no longer exists, it is often possible to trace their insurers. We have an excellent track record of tracing the relevant insurers who will then deal with the claim. In a case of mesothelioma where neither the former employer nor their insurers can be traced, a claim can be made to the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. We will prepare and submit this application for you.
How much will it cost me?
Most cases can be dealt with under a “no win, no fee” agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you in making a compensation claim. We don’t make any deductions for legal costs or expenses from the compensation awarded.
How long will my claim take?
Every claim is different. However, we will always strive to progress your claim as quickly as possible including using a specialist fast track Court procedure where necessary. We will advise you on timescales as your claim progresses.
What happens if I die before the claim is concluded?
We will always aim to settle the claim during your lifetime but if that is not possible, then the claim can be continued on behalf of your Estate and any dependants.