Being diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease is frightening for you and your family. Talk to us today about your asbestos compensation claim.
Speak to our solicitors about an asbestos claim if you have suffered an illness due to contact with asbestos. We will provide you with free initial advice and we offer no win no fee agreements where appropriate.
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What is asbestos?
In the past, asbestos was valued for its strength, flexibility, insulating properties and resistance to fire and so it was used widely in industry in the form of pipe and boiler lagging, fire retardant boards and sprayed coatings, cement sheets, ropes and yarns, roofing, brake pads and so on.
For many years, asbestos use was not regulated, but when the dangers became known, employers and factory owners became under a duty to protect others from breathing in asbestos fibres.
Why asbestos is dangerous?
It is when asbestos is disturbed that the danger arises. When this happens, microscopic fibres become airborne and can be breathed into the lungs where they become lodged. There, the fibres may lie unnoticed for many years before any disease develops. It usually takes between 20 and 40 years for an illness to arise, although it can be as short as 10 years and as long as 60 years or more.
Although some people will never suffer any disease as a result of contact with asbestos, the number of people diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses is expected to peak over the next decade.
Can I bring an asbestos claim?
An asbestos claim may be brought against an employer or former employer for exposing you to asbestos in the workplace, even if it happened many decades ago. Even if that employer has now gone out of business, you may still be able to recover compensation from the insurance company that insured the business at the time.
You may still be able to claim even if your contact with asbestos was not at work, for example, if you were exposed to asbestos dust from work clothes belonging to a family member or if you lived near to a factory where asbestos was used.
Claiming on behalf of a relative
If a relative has died following asbestos exposure, a claim for compensation may still be brought after their death on behalf of their estate and on behalf of any dependants that are left behind.
There are time limits for bringing these types of claim which is usually three years from the diagnosis of the asbestos-related illness or three years from the death of the asbestos victim, where they died within three years of the diagnosis. However, the time limits can be complex and will depend on your specific circumstances, so it is important not to delay and to seek specialist advice as soon as possible.
There is no need to worry if you are unsure about exactly when you or your family member had contact with asbestos – we can still help by undertaking investigations into your claim. Contact us free of charge to find out how we can help.
What can I claim for?
We will claim compensation for your illness and for the other losses and expenses that you have suffered as a result of your contact with asbestos.
Compensation paid for your pain and suffering and the effect of your illness on your life is sometimes called general damages.
We will ask a medical expert to examine you and prepare a report on your illness. Your claim will be valued on the basis of the medical expert’s opinion about your illness and your prognosis.
Losses and expenses
Compensation paid for your other losses and expenses that are incurred as a result of your illness is sometimes called special damages.
These may include loss of earnings, travel costs, the cost of medical equipment, care costs, prescription charges and so on.
We may also be able to claim an interim payment, which is where part of your compensation is paid early. This may be available if you need medical equipment at home or if you need special care or treatment to help with your symptoms or to replace an ongoing loss of earnings and so on.
In addition, you may be entitled to government payments, such as Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or a lump sum payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 or under The Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme 2008. These government payments would later be deducted from any compensation payment that you receive.
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How much can you claim for asbestos?
The amount of compensation you can claim for an illness caused by asbestos varies greatly. It is calculated according to the severity of your illness and the losses and expenses you have incurred.
Whatever the circumstances of your contact with asbestos, we are here to help and advise.
Qualified and experienced solicitors
Unlike many firms who use unqualified paralegals, you will be represented by a qualified solicitor with years of experience in asbestos claims. In addition to being regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority, this firm is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) as experts in our field of law.
Director of Dedicated Accident Solicitors, John Das, is recognised by APIL as a specialist in asbestos disease.
Professional and friendly
We pride ourselves on our professional yet friendly approach and we care about giving you quality advice and excellent customer service. We are known for our attention to detail and determination to succeed and our clients are often impressed by the way in which we overcome difficult obstacles to win their cases. Indeed, we have taken on and won many cases that other firms of solicitors have turned away.
We believe that the fact that our clients return to us and recommend us to others is proof of our hard work and dedication.
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