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If at first you don’t succeed….why the devil is in the detail in order to win an asbestos related claim

Sadly, for those who are now experiencing illness as a result of exposure to asbestos going back several decades, it has become harder to secure the deserved asbestos related claim as insurance companies become increasingly litigious.

With a growing number of claims being fought, and won, by the insurance sector on a technical basis, it’s important to know that this is not the end of the road and these fortunes can be turned with persistence and the help of the right specialist.

Gone are the days when simply providing details of where the exposure may have occurred would have secured compensation however, many claims today are lost as a result of an inadequate level of investigation and detail beyond this basic information.

Now, gathering all the details required to win a case for a client is not easy to achieve given that it can take between 30 – 40 years from exposure for symptoms to present themselves. The workplace or building where the exposure occurred may no longer exist making finding the evidence required even more challenging.

These are hurdles that clients should be aware of, but not concerned with.

Appointing the right specialist occupational disease expert will take this worry away and it should just be a matter of time – often less than a year – before a claim is concluded and a sufficient settlement received to cover the costs of any care required for example, or to leave to loved ones in the instance of terminal cases.

Putting together a successful claim is not dissimilar to piecing together a jigsaw, finding all the right pieces of information helps to complete the picture detailing not only where the exposure may have occurred, but also the type of asbestos and the level of toxicity alongside other vital evidence.

This level of investigation, and scrutiny of the details, makes the difference not only of whether a case is won or not, but also in securing the correct amount of compensation deserved for the injury caused.

If you, or a family member, are experiencing the symptoms of asbestos exposure, please contact one of our occupational disease experts for an informal chat about how we can help.

Find out more about our Occupational Disease department

Written by Jon Andrews. Find out more about Jon here. 

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