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Car mechanics can be exposed to various hazards at work, with dangerous tools, flammable liquids and heavy objects all a part of the job description. Luckily, most employers provide adequate safety equipment and procedures to protect their staff against these standard, job-related risks. But one hazard that many car mechanics have been left totally exposed to is asbestos.

Despite asbestos being banned by law in 1999, asbestos-related illnesses are still common in the auto repair industry. Unfortunately, imported cars caused asbestos exposure for many years after the ban, and vintage cars were also granted a ‘free pass’ to use parts with asbestos until as recently as 2004.

These parts which harbour old asbestos, including brake linings, can start to flake with time, causing harmful asbestos fibres to break away into the air. Car mechanics can then inhale these fibres, which can cause serious illnesses including lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis and diffuse pleural thickening. The fibres can also attach themselves to the mechanic’s overall or hair, which allows them to be transferred back to the family home where they could be inhaled by partners or children.

If you’ve worked as a car mechanic and been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, Your Legal Friend can help you claim compensation. Employers are bound by a duty of care to protect staff against such risks, and if you weren’t provided with adequate protection and are suffering as a result, you could bring a claim.

Whether you worked for a single employer or a variety of companies, we can pursue a claim against all those responsible for your illness. Even if your previous employer has gone out of business, we have the expertise to track down their insurance company to fund your claim.

Throughout your claim, Your Legal Friend will help you every step of the way

  • Specialist occupational illness solicitors
  • No win, no fee – guaranteed
  • 95% success rate
  • Over £200,000,000 successfully claimed in the last 10 years alone
  • Over 30 years of experience in personal injury compensation

Talk to us today

For an informal, confidential chat about making a claim with one of our expert occupational illness solicitors, call us now on 0808 301 8622 (call free from landlines and mobiles). Or just complete the 'Start a new claim’ option on the right and we'll call you straight back.

Alison Saul, Director of Personal Injury leads our Personal Injury and Road Accident teams.   A fully qualified solicitor with over 15 years of experience and expertise, Alison is dedicated to achieving the highest levels of compensation for her clients as well as ensuring high quality client care.

Alison is assisted by her team managers, Philip Waters Lee Quinn, Jenna Hargreaves, and Kathryn Langton.  Philip, Lee, and Jenna lead legal teams focussing on Road Traffic Accident cases while Kathyrn leads our Personal Injury team.  Together they have a wealth of experience in personal injury compensation.

  • There are many people injured in accidents each year through no fault of their own and the circumstances will be difference in each instance. Our team has extensive experience of successfully managing a wide range of personal injury claims, so we can help you secure the maximim compensation you deserve. 

    Alison Saul,
    Director of Personal Injury

Philip, a qualified solicitor, has over 18 years’ experience in personal injury compensation.  Having previously worked for a large insurance company, he has extensive insights in how to engage effectively with insurers to achieve the level of compensation our clients deserve. Philip deals with cases of high value, complex cases, and recently secured £1.6 million in compensation for one of his clients who suffered catastrophic injuries in a road accident.

Lee has over 15 years’ specialist experience in Personal Injury claims and also manages a wide variety of high value, complex cases. Lee has extensive experience of working with insurance companies, acting for both claimants and defendants, and so understands how to secure the highest levels of compensation for the victims of road traffic accidents.

Jenna is a qualified solicitor and has studied to become a barrister. Jenna leads the internal reviews of our case management processes to ensure excellent, efficient case handling and high levels of client satisfaction.

Kathryn, also a qualified solicitor, specialises in accidents at work, public liability and accidents abroad.  Kathryn deals with a wide variety of cases, often including accidents that involve serious, complex injuries.

Talk to us today

For an informal, confidential chat about making a claim with one of our expert personal injury solicitors, call us now on 0808 231 5461 (calls free from landlines and mobiles). Or just complete the 'Start a new claim’ option on the right and we'll call you straight back.

Occupational illness - 10 simple steps to achieving your compensation.

Here are the 10 steps we both need to go through to make your claim for compensation. We understand that you may not have been through this process before, so we hope you find this 10 step guide helpful.

1. Compiling your statement of your work history & exposure.

Often people have been exposed to harm at work many years ago.  We make sure we understand  exactly what happened and work with you to draft a detailed, accurate statement in your own words about your work history, exposure and the symptoms you are now looking to claim for. 

2. Obtaining your medical & work records.

Once we have your statement, we obtain:

  • the relevant medical records from your GP and hospital so that we can review the extent of your condition
  • HRMC records to confirm your work history

3. Establishing negligence and breach of duty

You must prove that you worked in an environment where harm was caused to you because your employer failed to protect you from the risks of developing an illness or condition. 

4. Establishing causation – the effect of negligence and breach of duty

Once you have proved negligence and breach of duty, you must also prove that your condition was caused by this negligence and not by anything else.  We need expert medical evidence to assess this, so we will arrange for you to see an expert who will assess your current condition and consider what the future holds for you.

5. Calculating the financial value of your claim

The calculation of your compensation comprises:

  • general damages - an award for your pain and suffering which takes into account the duration and severity of your illness, your age and prognosis.
  • Special damages – compensation for your actual financial loss, include any loss of earnings and the cost of care, medical and travel expenses.

6. Mitigating your loss and claiming benefits

Personal injury compensation aims to place you back in the position that you would have been in but for your illness.  So you are responsible for doing what you can to minimise your loss.

This means that attending treatment to aid your recovery or alleviate your symptoms, and returning to work when it is safe to do so.

We will advise you on any benefits you could claim from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP) during your claim.

7.Providing original documents to prove your loss

As you must disclose all documents that are relevant to your claim, you must keep all original accounts, payslips, and receipts for expenses/medical treatments  safe until your claim has been settled.

8. Preparing your case for Court

Although It is not always necessary to issue proceedings in Court, we prepare every case as if it were going to trial.

9. Attending the trial in Court 

The trial will take place before a Circuit or High Court Judge who will make a decision on the evidence that we have prepared.

10. Awarding your compensation claim 

If you are successful in your case, the amount of compensation you receive will be decided either by negotiation with the Defendant or, if your case goes to trial, by the Judge. We will agree a date by which your compensation will be paid to us so that we can pay your compensation to you as quickly as possible.

How long does a claim take?

Because the circumstances surrounding every claim and their effects are different, it’s very difficult to give a definitive answer on how long it takes to settle a claim.  Often it depends on how quickly our clients provide us with essential information, how quickly we can get medical records and assessments, and whether the insurance companies are willing to provide realistic offers to settle the claims.

Whilst we aim to settle your claim as quickly as possible, we also want to ensure we secure the maximum compensation for you.  This often means we have to do some hard negotiation with the defendants – which takes extra time.  Our aim is to balance progressing the claim as fast as possible with getting you the maximum settlement.

We realise that you’ll be keen to know about the progress of your claim so we will send you regular emails and texts to keep you up to date, and also to remind you if there is any information we’re waiting for from you.