Mesothelioma Compensation Claims
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, we can help you to claim compensation.
We can help even if you can't remember where or when the exposure to asbestos occurred. We will consider any potential claim including those who were diagnosed many years ago.
We can also help if you are claiming for a deceased relative or friend, even if they died years ago. We have access to a database of claims against companies and can assist in tracing the employment history of your relative.
Our Mesothelioma solicitors will travel to meet you wherever you are in The UK to discuss your case and entitlements (depending on current social distancing advice). They have over 30 years experience with an excellent track record in tracing the liable companies and their insurers, even if the firms have ceased trading.
Our service is completely free of charge from start to finish and you will keep 100% of the compensation awarded.
You can call us anytime on FreePhone: 0800 923 0046, request a call-back or complete our claims form and we will contact you at your convenience.
Who Can Claim Compensation for Mesothelioma?
You can claim if you were exposed to asbestos at work, at school or at home. Even if:
- Exposure to asbestos took place many years ago
- You have worked for numerous employers
- Your employer went out of business years ago
- You were self employed or a contractor at the time of exposure
- You had secondary exposure e.g. washing relatives' clothes
- You can also claim on behalf of a deceased relative
Many UK companies were aware of the dangers of asbestos exposure, but still put their employees at risk through contact with asbestos fibres in the workplace. Legally those companies are held responsible for individuals developing mesothelioma. You may also be eligible to claim if you were exposed to asbestos whilst undertaking work for the Ministry of Defence.
There is no limit to the number of companies that you claim from.
If you have no idea where you were exposed to asbestos, we can advise you on how to claim compensation from the Government. There is a safety net known as the Fund of Last Resort under which you may be able to claim.
If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma after July 25th 2012 and are unable to trace the company where you were exposed to asbestos or the company’s insurer, you will be eligible to receive 80% of the value of the average civil compensation claim from a central pot of monies.
However, it is always worth a quick phone call to our experts to see if you can recover the full amount of the claim before applying to the government fund of last resort.
How much compensation will I get for Mesothelioma in the UK?
There are many factors that determine the amount of compensation awarded to victims of Mesothelioma. Age at the time of diagnosis has a huge bearing on this, as does projected loss of earnings and the number of dependants on those earnings if still working. Lump sum payments will vary accordingly from around £70K to more than £1 million.
The UK Government provides an interim payment for mesothelioma victims varying from £13,590 to £87,473 depending on the age when diagnosed. Most people diagnosed with an asbestos illness, especially mesothelioma will be eligible for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB). This state benefit is currently £179 per week, back-dated to the date of diagnosis.
How long do mesothelioma claims take?
Mesothelioma claims can take some time to complete. Typically, exposure to asbestos will have occurred in the 1960s or 70s, so there are inherent complexities with going so far back. We have completed some claims in 3 months, but a typical claim should take 6 or 7 months to complete. The time frame may also depend on how poorly the person claiming is, especially if the settlement will be greater if completed while still alive.
How do I make a Mesothelioma Compensation Claim?
To find out if you can make a claim, contact us on Freephone 0800 923 0046. We will ask some questions about your exposure to asbestos, your work history and your medical diagnosis. Don’t worry if you can’t remember it all – our solicitor can help you find the information.
Our solicitors pride themselves on personal attention and will travel to your home or hospital to discuss your entitlements and to explain the claims process in simple terms. They may be able to secure an interim payment from the Government for you within a few weeks of opening a claim. They understand the difficulties faced by people and their families suffering from Mesothelioma and will do everything to ensure that proceedings run smoothly.
We have vast experience in advising victims of the disease and have recovered many millions in compensation.
Our reputation, experience and dedication to Mesothelioma patients has resulted in referrals from thoracic and respiratory specialists, independent groups, past clients and referrals from other firms of solicitors.
You can read some of our previous successful claims in our Cases Section and Testimonials from Clients.
Who is at Risk of Mesothelioma?
Asbestos was used widely as an insulating and fire protection material and many workers were in direct contact with it, unaware of the risks. There is a long latent period - sometimes 30 - 50 years following exposure - before the disease manifests.
It is not surprising therefore that in recent years there have been high number of mesothelioma cases reported in shipyard workers, plumbers, carpenters and joiners. In total over 2000 cases of the disease are reported annually.
Workers at high risk of developing mesothelioma include . . .
- Shipyard workers
- Gas fitters
- Construction workers
- Sheet metal workers
- Telephone engineers
Buildings built prior to 1985 may contain asbestos and this includes hospitals, schools, churches. A person with mesothelioma may think they have not been exposed to asbestos during their working life but in fact could have been exposed to loose asbestos fibres in the construction of the building. There have been a number of cases reported where teachers and hospital staff have developed mesothelioma in the past decade.
Family members of those who used to work close to asbestos may have been exposed indirectly when the worker brought asbestos dust into the home via their work overalls. This is known as secondary exposure - it is still possible to make a compensation claim for this.
Is mesothelioma Compensation time Limited?
Yes it is. There is a 3 year limitation period that begins from the date you were first diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease. However for Mesothelioma compensation claims, there is more leeway. Exactly how much, will depend on your specific circumstances. On many occasions, our legal team has successfully sought The Court's discretion to allow a claim for Mesothelioma to proceed outside of the three-year limitation period.
It is important to start a mesothelioma compensation claim as soon as possible as the laws surrounding personal injury claims are constantly under review.
Under the current system, our solicitors receive their payment from the insurance companies of the employers where asbestos exposure took place.
However this may not always be the case and we may not therefore by able to offer a completely free service in the future.
It is also possible for family members to make a mesothelioma claim on behalf of a deceased relative, provided it is within 3 years of the date of death. Again, if you are outside of the 3 year period, we should still be able to help.
We always treat our clients with compassion, dignity and respect. We are aware that any monies awarded as compensation do not begin to make up for the distress associated with Mesothelioma, but hope it will relieve some anxieties resulting from the diagnosis and treatment for both you and your close relatives.
For further details, call us on the number below and ask to speak to Warren Miller or Kathy Cooke.
Or complete the online claim-form and we will contact you at your convenience.
For more general information on the different types of mesothelioma, the signs and symptoms, diagnosis and management options, please click on the following links:
Types of Malignant Mesothelioma. Information about the disease
Mesothelioma Symptoms - Pleural, Peritoneal and Pericardial
Mesothelioma Diagnosis, including Prognosis and Staging
Mesothelioma Treatment Options: Surgery, Radiation Therapy and Chemotherapy