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Mesothelioma - Guiding you through a claim for compensation

7th September 2015

What Is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a tumour of the lung (pleura) or the abdomen (peritoneum).  If you’ve been diagnosed with Mesothelioma it will be a life changing condition and also a life threatening one.  Mesothelioma is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.

What other conditions are asbestos related?

Aside from Mesothelioma, you may have been diagnosed with defused pleural thickening or asbestosis or asbestos-related lung cancer. All of these conditions are serious and some maybe more serious than others.

What types of job cause exposure to asbestos?

Typically asbestos has been used in power stations to lag pipes or insulate boilers.  We’ve also used asbestos previously in construction were it was used to insulate roofs and so on.

More recently we are seeing claims come from school teachers who would pin school work onto asbestos notice boards, and from doctors and nurses whose accommodation was built from the use of asbestos boarding.

It’s sad to say that sometimes the partners of engineers who’ve worked in industry have been diagnosed with asbestos-related conditions because of washing or laundering overalls that were worn when they’ve never worked with asbestos themselves.

Asbestos has a long latency period and often asbestos conditions are diagnosed many decades after first exposure.

Can I claim compensation?

If you’ve worked with asbestos many years ago and more recently been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you can claim compensation for that condition and also for any losses and expenses you’ve incurred as a result of that, both past and in the future.

You should always seek advice from a specialist solicitor because they will be able to advise you about the process of claiming compensation and also your entitlement to any DWP benefits.

What if the companies I worked for no longer exist?

Don’t worry if the companies you worked for no longer exist.  We’re able to trace the employers’ liability insurers of those companies who are now no longer trading, and it will be those employers’ liability insurers who will pay compensation to you if your claim is successful.

What do I need to prove?

We will work with you to prove that your exposure to asbestos was in negligence circumstances, so - without any form of respiratory protection, or without any warnings, or training about the dangers of working with asbestos.  We look to medical evidence to help prove that your asbestos condition is related to that exposure, and we’ll work to obtain the most amount of compensation we can for you.

What compensation will I receive?

We realise that no amount of compensation will bring back good health but it may mean that you and your family are more financially secure.

Compensation is payable for the condition that you have but also for any losses and expenses you’ve incurred or will incur in the future, including loss of earnings up to retirement age and beyond, including also loss of pension and also the cost of care that you may need as your condition continues.

We know that being diagnosed with asbestos-related conditions can be quite a worrying time. Here at Your Legal Friend a compensation claim should be one less thing for you to worry about.

Are there any time limits that apply?

A claimant has 3 years from the date of diagnosis of an asbestos-related condition to bring a claim, however if the claimant dies, the time limit is extended by 3 years from the date of death, so the claim can continue for the benefit of the surviving spouse.

Will it cost me anything to make a claim?

Here at Your Legal Friend we can help you with a case on a No Win, No Fee basis.  We always explain our funding terms and conditions to you at the outset in any event and our first consultation is always free of charge. We want to be sure that there are no surprises in terms of funding and that you fully understand how we’ll be able to deal with your claim.