Pleural Thickening Compensation Claims
Employers have a duty to protect their employees from contact with hazardous substances. If you have been diagnosed with asbestos related pleural thickening in the last 3 years, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.
Can I Make a Claim for Pleural Thickening?
The success of the claim will depend on whether the companies where asbestos exposure occurred are still in existence. If you are not sure, don't worry, it could be that the company was taken over, or that the insurers of the company still exist. In either case we will find out on your behalf as part of the service.
Our solicitors are specialists in making asbestos disease related claims and work solely in this area of the law. They have an excellent success rate and are dedicated to maximising the value of your pleural thickening claim.
For advice on whether you can claim for pleural thickening, simply call us on freephone 0800 923 0046 or complete the form at the bottom of the page.
How Much Pleural Thickening Compensation be Claimed?
The amount of compensation will vary depending on the severity of your illness. It is calculated by the level of suffering, as well as the financial losses and care costs incurred from your diagnosis. We'll gather all the details we need about your condition, and will push for a settlement that you and your family are entitled to. The amount of compensation will vary from £10K to more than 60K.
The claim is for General damages and Special damages.
General Damages: This part of a claim is for the pain, suffering and loss of amenity caused by your pleural thickening. A respiratory consultant will prepare a report detailing the severity of your condition and how it affects you. This will help our asbestos solicitors to value the general damages in your claim.
Special damages: This part of the claims is for any financial losses sustained due from a pleural thickening diagnosis and include:
- Loss of earnings
- Care and assistance
- Home adaptation costs
- Travel expenses
Are There Time Limits For Pleural Thickening Claims?
You’ll normally have three years to make a claim for pleural thickening from the date you were diagnosed. Asbestos related diseases take decades to develop but we could still help you make a claim. We advise you to contact us shortly after diagnosis, even if you’re not sure when or where you were exposed to asbestos. We will assist you in identifying at what point you were exposed and will help you make a claim against your present or past employers.
We will consider out of time claims if you think that the time elapsed from when you were first diagnosed exceeds 3 years. Diagnosis can be stressful and confusing, you may be hearing medical terms you are not familiar with, so it could be that you were first diagnosed with pleural plaques a few years ago and have developed Pleural Thickening more recently. in which case you should be OK to claim.
Is Pleural Thickening Compensation No Win - No Fee?
Yes. Our No Win - No Fee agreement means you will not have to pay any anything upfront and if your claim does not succeed, you will not pay anything. This should provide you with the peace of mind that we only take on cases that we know have a very good chance of succeeding.
If your claim does succeed, we will take a small amount from the compensation awarded. This is capped at 25%, but every case is different so please contact us for an accurate assessment of this. Prior to 2012, for all of our asbestos related claims you would keep 100% of compensation, but the law changed after pressure from insurance companies. The exception for our company is mesothelioma claims where you keep 100% of your compensation, as the UK government decided that mesothelioma is so serious that solicitors could still recover their costs from the defendants insurers.
Who is at risk of developing pleural thickening?
Pleural thickening can take 20 years or more to develop, so ill effects are not instantly traceable to asbestos.
Asbestos was used for decades for many different reasons both across industry and domestically. From the late 1970s we have been aware that this posed a substantial risk to those exposed to the material. As a result many people are now suffering with asbestos related industrial diseases such as pleural thickening.
People working in industries such as plumbing, demolition work and at power stations, are likely to have been exposed to breathing in fibres of asbestos often over a period of years.
Call us on the free phone number below for advice on making a compensation claim for pleural thickening. Or request a call-back and we will call you at your convenience.