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Asbestos-related illness and injury affects more than 100,000 people each year. If you’ve been exposed to asbestos and your health has suffered, you could make a no win, no fee asbestos claim. Contact Express Solicitors today to claim asbestos compensation.

Last updated on May 4th, 2022.

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Key points for making an injury claim

The most important things to remember when making a claim for asbestos exposure are:

  • You can claim if you were indirectly exposed, such as if your spouse worked with asbestos
  • You can claim for asbestos-related diseases years after you were exposed
  • You have three years from your diagnosis to make a claim
  • You should keep medical records as evidence
  • You can claim on a no win, no fee basis.

Asbestos compensation claims

You can make an asbestos compensation claim if you have ever been in an environment that has exposed you to asbestos. The World Health Organisation estimates that 107,000 people die each year from asbestos-related illnesses. However, as symptoms do not show up until years later, many people in Britain don’t realise they can make a claim.

Asbestos claims are most common among UK construction workers. You can make a workplace compensation claim if you become ill and your doctor can prove it was related to asbestos.

If it was caused by your job, you can still claim even if you are no longer working there. Legally, you have three years from the date of diagnosis to make an asbestos claim. Our trained personal injury solicitors can help you to make your case.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral that was commonly used in the UK construction industry between the 1920s and 1990s. The substance was banned in the UK in 1999, but there are still concerns that buildings built before this time may contain asbestos.

Those exposed to asbestos may breathe the substance in as dust particles, which can cause respiratory problems.

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Where does asbestos come from?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral found in rocks known as serpentinites, altered ultramafic rocks or mafic rocks. If these rocks are broken or crushed, it can release dangerous asbestos fibres. In industry, the three most commonly used types of asbestos were:

  • Blue asbestos (crocidolite)
  • Brown asbestos (amosite)
  • White asbestos (chrysotile).

Who is at risk from asbestos exposure?

Those most at risk from asbestos exposure are anybody who worked in the British construction industry before 1999. You’re more likely to have been exposed to asbestos if you worked during these years as a boilermaker, carpenter, electrician, fitter, joiner, plumber or shipbuilder.

You may also be at risk if you worked or spent a lot of time in a building that contains asbestos. This is a particular concern for UK buildings built before the year 2000. Likewise, you could make an asbestos compensation claim if you were exposed to it via somebody else. For example, if you had a spouse working in this industry and they regularly came home with asbestos fibres in their clothing, you may have been exposed.

You are most likely to be exposed to asbestos if building materials are crushed or disturbed somewhat. However, you may still be exposed even if the building remains intact, so it is always worth starting a no win, no fee asbestos claim.

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When can I claim for asbestos exposure?

You can claim for asbestos exposure if you were diagnosed with a condition that was related to asbestos. Many people may not even notice symptoms for years afterwards, so it’s important that you always speak to a trained personal injury solicitor to advise you.

You can generally make a claim within three years of your doctor’s diagnosis. We can help you to gather evidence to support your claim including medical records and employment records.

How do I make an asbestos compensation claim?

You can make an asbestos compensation claim if you can prove that your health suffered, and that somebody was negligent. In most cases, asbestos claims are related to workplace environments, so you would need to be able to prove that your employer failed to keep you safe. We can also help you to gather evidence if you worked in a building where you were exposed, or if you were exposed via somebody else, such as a spouse.

You can start your no win, no fee claim by giving us a call. Our trained asbestos solicitors will talk you through your options and help you to gather evidence. We’ll then send a letter of claim to your employer’s insurance provider, or to the organisation that was responsible. (For example, if you were exposed in a public place, then it may come out of an organisation’s public liability insurance.)

We will prepare your total compensation amount based on the seriousness of your illness, any money you’ve lost, and the long-term impacts on your life. If the insurers accept fault, you will receive your compensation minus our fees. If they do not, we will take matters further, but it’s very unlikely your case will end up in court. We work on a no win, no fee basis, so you’ll only pay if we’re successful.

How much can I claim for an asbestos-related disease?

As a guideline, the Judicial Board sets average compensation amounts for asbestos diseases based on historical claims. Long-term breathing difficulties have ranged from £15,000 to £43,000, while more serious cases, such as cancer, can be worth up to £80,000. Our expert solicitors will do everything they can to get you the largest payment possible.

There are no set compensation amounts for asbestos-related diseases, but we always go above and beyond to get you the largest settlement possible. When we assess your asbestos claim, we’re looking at three things:

  1. ‘General damages’ – these relate to the seriousness of your injury, for example, lung cancer is more serious than pleural thickening.
  2. ‘Special damages’ – these concern any money you’ve lost, such as taking time off work or paying medical bills.
  3. Long-term impacts on your life – these are any changes you have had to make, such as quitting your job or giving up your hobbies.

Is there a time limit for making asbestos claims?

You generally have three years to make an asbestos compensation claim from the date of your diagnosis. This means that you can claim even if you were exposed many years ago, particularly as many asbestos diseases can take years to present symptoms.

If you are claiming on behalf of somebody who has died from an asbestos related disease, then you will have three years to make a claim. This can be three years from the date of their death or three years from the coroner’s report or post-mortem examination.

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What asbestos-related diseases can I claim for?

You can claim for a range of asbestos-related diseases including:

Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma causes cancerous tumours in the lung, heart or abdomen.

Pleural thickening

Pleural thickening may not always have symptoms, but can result in scarring of the lungs or chest wall.

Asbestosis

Asbestosis causes inflammation and scarring in the lungs. It is incurable and may need inhalers or oxygen therapy.

Asbestos-related lung cancer.

Lung cancer is the most serious of all the asbestos-related diseases. Current survival rates are 40% for the first year, and 15% for five years or more.

Frequently asked questions about asbestosis claims

What help is available if you've been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness?

If you have already been diagnosed, you can still make a claim within three years of your diagnosis date. There may be some exceptions to this depending on when you were exposed, so we can advise you if you are outside of the three-year limit.

Can I get compensation if I have already made a claim?

You can make another asbestos claim if you have already claimed before, but you can only do so if your first claim was not on a “full and final” basis. You may wish to make a second claim if your health gets worse, for example. However, if you made a “full and final” claim, this means you cannot claim later on. The benefit of making a full and final claim is that the settlement is usually higher, but it does not protect you if your symptoms get worse.

What happens if the person suffering does not survive?

If the person suffering from an asbestos disease does not survive, then they can have a ‘litigation friend’ claim on their behalf for up to three years after their death. This may help to cover long-term costs, for example, supporting a family after the death of a loved one.

What is the statute of limitations for asbestos claims?

The statute of limitations for asbestos claims is generally three years from the date of diagnosis. This means you have three years to claim with Express Solicitors from the date your doctor told you your condition was related to asbestos. If you’re claiming on behalf of somebody who has died, you will have three years from the date of their death or coroner’s report.

Can I be sacked for making asbestos claims against my employer?

You cannot be sacked for making asbestos claims against your employer. Even if you are still employed, you do not have to worry about making a claim against them as it will be paid out of their employer’s liability insurance. By law, they cannot fire you or treat you differently for making a claim.

Further support for asbestos compensation claims

You can get help from any trade unions if you’re a member. The following charities are also available to answer questions:

If your health is affected long-term, you may also qualify for benefits. You will be asked to undergo an assessment. Asbestos benefits you could claim include:

Why you should choose Express Solicitors for your asbestos claim

At Express Solicitors, we have decades of experience settling asbestos exposure claims just like yours. We understand how devastating these illnesses can be, and can give you specialist advice on claims, with links to relevant charity organisations.

We may also be able to help with early compensation payments to keep you going while you’re waiting to hear back. We have settled millions of pounds’ worth of compensation claims and will go the extra mile to settle yours no win, no fee. To get your life back on track, start your asbestos claim with Express Solicitors today.

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