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FAQs for asbestos victims

Below are some of the more common questions we are asked by asbestos victims and their families. Please click on the questions below to find out more.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos was a common manufacturing and construction material used in the early 1900s right up until the 1970s. There are three main types of asbestos – blue, brown and white. All types are dangerous and asbestos was banned from the UK in 1999.

There are several types of asbestos related disease:

Asbestos damages your health as the fibres are inhaled or swallowed into your lungs. The disease is typically diagnosed thirty, forty or more years after exposure. Symptoms of an asbestos disease include coughing, breathlessness and reduced ability to exercise. Asbestos related diseases are extremely serious and often shorten life expectancy.

Find out more about asbestos here.

What is mesothelioma?

Caused by exposure to asbestos, mesothelioma is a cancer of the cells which line the internal organs, often the lungs, with symptoms which can include breathlessness and chest or back pain.

With no known cure, mesothelioma has a serious impact on life expectancy.

Find out more here.

What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis inflammation results in scar tissue (or fibrosis) building up in the lungs, leading to breathing difficulties, a tight chest, a dry cough and abnormal chest sounds.

With no known cure, asbestosis has a serious impact on life expectancy.

Find out more about asbestosis here.

What compensation am I entitled to?

If you make a successful occupational disease claim you could be entitled to:

Damages

Financial compensation will be recovered from an employer, insurer or former employer by your solicitor, using the County Court.

Provisional damages

Provisional damages follow the same procedure as the above but they come with the additional right of being able to seek additional payment if a more serious asbestos relates disease develops in the future.

State benefits

You will most likely to be entitled to the following

  • Benefits from the Workers Compensation Act
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement benefit

How long do I have to make an industrial disease claim?

You have to bring an asbestos claim within 3 years of first being told that you have an asbestos related disease.

What happens if I make a compensation claim now, and then I get worse?

If you claim for minor symptoms it will still be possible to claim more damages if you develop a more serious condition in the future. These are called provisional damages.

See the question: ‘What compensation am I entitled to’ for more information.

You will probably still be able to bring a claim as long as it is within three years of the date of death. Please contact our team as soon as possible.

I did not work with asbestos but my husband / partner did and I have caught it. What do I do?

If your husband or partner, or indeed your father or another close family member or friend, worked with asbestos on a frequent basis you could have contracted an asbestos disease from their work clothes.

Even if the contact with asbestos occurred several years or decades ago you may still be able to claim compensation. As with all asbestos cases, there are time limits within which you can make a claim therefore it is important to take action and get legal advice right away.

We will handle your case with the same dedication and sensitivity that we do with all of our asbestos related disease cases. We have specialist solicitors in our team who are experienced in tracing employers and their insurance companies, even if they are no longer trading.

Our occupational disease specialists also act for people who lived close to asbestos factories who have contracted asbestos related diseases as a result.

Even if the contact with asbestos occurred several years or decades ago you may still be able to claim compensation. As with all asbestos cases, there are strict time limits within which you can make a claim therefore it is important to take action and get legal advice right away.

We will handle your case with the same dedication and sensitivity that we do with all of our asbestos related disease cases. We have specialist solicitors in our team who are experienced in tracing employers and their insurance companies, even if they are no longer trading.

How much compensation will I be awarded?

Compensation funds range from several hundreds of thousands to tens of thousands of pounds.

How will my claim be progressed?

If you think you have a claim, call or email us today and one of our dedicated occupational disease lawyers will get back to you.

We can advise you whether you have a claim, and we will discuss costs from the outset.

At Linder Myers our solicitors can visit you in your own home or a place convenient to you and will have a full discussion with you about what is involved. Our dedicated occupational disease team will then work on your case and update you regularly throughout. We always work with your best interest in mind. We will be available to answer any questions you may have and we aim to make the process straight forward to understand, simple to follow and at no stress to you and your family.

To find out if we can visit you to discuss your case please contact us on 0844 984 6444 or contact us using our online form.

What is No Win No Fee?

If your claim is unsuccessful you pay us nothing.

Can you take on my case from my current or previous solicitor?

In short, yes. If you have experienced problems with another firm of occupational disease solicitors or you have been told you do not have a case then please do get in touch with us and we will see how we can help.

I have been told I cannot claim compensation because my employer (or their insurer) is untraceable, what can I do?

As of 25th July 2012, newly diagnosed victims of the fatal industrial disease, mesothelioma, will receive help through a new scheme which has been set up following negotiations between the Department for Work and Pensions, the Association of British Insurers and the UK government.

This scheme will be paid for by insurers and will only be available to mesothelioma victims who are diagnosed from this point forward, enabling them to claim compensation for the disease even if their employer or employer’s liability insurer cannot be traced. It is estimated that around 3,000 people in the UK will fall under this scheme.

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