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Asbestos and Mesothelioma Compensation Solicitors in London
Although the dangers of asbestos have been known in Britain since the 1930s, many employers failed to warn or provide protection for their workers . However, new use of asbestos was only finally banned in this country in 1999.
Our solicitors based in London have been working with clients to seek compensation for asbestos exposure and mesothelioma for many years. They understand what is required and have specialist skills and legal knowledge relating to asbestos and mesothelioma. Our solicitors in London can provide a free consultation and advice on your circumstances. You can contact the team on 0800 437 0322 or request a call back online.
Most people given the diagnosis of mesothelioma will never have heard of it but around 2600 people are diagnosed with a type of mesothelioma every year.
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?
Typically the symptoms of mesothelioma can include the following:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Persistent cough
- Sweating and high temperatures
- Loss of weight
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Pain or swelling in the abdomen
- Feeling sick
- Diarrhoea or constipation
Who is more likely to be affected by mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure?
Asbestos was a commonly used material because of its insulating properties as well as being heat and fire resistant. As a result it was widely used by the following industries:
- Ship Manufactures
- Manufacturing of household appliances
- Motor Manufacturing
- Power stations and energy providers
People working in these industries in the past may have been exposed to asbestos and are at risk of developing mesothelioma as a result.
Making a compensation claim for mesothelioma and asbestos exposure
Hodge Jones & Allen have a dedicated team of solicitors who just deal with those affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos related illnesses. For this reason we are highly experienced in dealing with clients and their families and guiding them through the process and providing the best outcome possible. Because of the nature of this type of compensation claim we have close relationships with our clients and their families. We are there to assist throughout and help where we can to make life easier for those affected. We also have close partnerships with many relevant support organisations which can help provide other guidance and support.
It is not just about the financial compensation that comes as a result of someone making a claim which is important. We have also enabled clients, where the circumstances are appropriate, to have access to treatments which are not available on the NHS , as well as specialist adaptations to homes to make life easier. In the event of someone who has passed as a result of mesothelioma, we can also provide financial security for a family when in some cases the person involved was the breadwinner.
Our mesothelioma and asbestos compensation solicitors in London
The team are recognised as industry leaders and pride themselves on fighting for our clients and for what is right. The team are accredited members of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) providing further reassurance. Our mesothelioma and asbestos solicitors in London have forged ties with organisations which can assist such as Mesothelioma UK, London Asbestos Support Awareness Group (LASAG) as well as several others.
We also work closely with medical professionals to assist our clients working as a team to provide a clients with the best possible support.
What is a No Win No Fee Mesothelioma Compensation Claim?
We act for our clients on a No Win No Fee basis. This means there is no financial risk for people making a compensation claim. Our clients receive 100% of compensation awarded.
We assess the cases and make a judgement of the prospects of success and take on this risk for our clients.
What should you do if you 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. They provide home support to patients with asbestos disease and their families.
Sadly 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.
Mesothelioma clients we have helped
We represented a building contracts manager who developed mesothelioma from inspecting construction sites where Asbestolux board and Artex were being used regularly by tradesmen around him.
During the case the client gained access to an immunotherapy drug trial not available on the NHS, which saw his tumour shrink dramatically soon after starting the trial.
Not only did the Defendants pay a large compensation figure to our client but crucially, agreed to fund any private treatment he may benefit from in the future to keep his cancer at bay.
We acted for a retired handyman diagnosed with asbestosis who was exposed to asbestos dust whilst knocking down a pump house building and painter’s shop made entirely of corrugated asbestos sheeting.
The employers who instructed the demolition work did not offer our client any breathing protection or training about the dangers of the deadly dust.
We negotiated a provisional settlement of the claim recovering damages for the client’s illness, and allowing for a further award in the future should his condition deteriorate or develop into another asbestos-related condition.
We were instructed by a former power station engineer who contracted mesothelioma when he was exposed to large quantities of airborne asbestos whilst handling and inspecting asbestos lagging in confined spaces.
Unfortunately, his disease was fatal but we were able to continue the claim for the benefit of his widow following his death. We obtained judgment against his former employer and settled the case avoiding the final court hearing.
Free initial advice for those who would like to make a mesothelioma claim as a result of exposure to asbestos.
If you have been affected and would like legal advice, please contact our specialist team of mesothelioma solicitors in London on 0800 437 0322 or request a call back online.