What if the Place Where I was Exposed to Asbestos Doesn’t Exist Anymore?
Most people who are diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses were exposed to the material in the mid-20th century before regulations came in prohibiting the use and importation of asbestos.
As a result, many people who start the process of claiming compensation find that the place they were exposed to asbestos no longer exists. This is usually a former employer or workplace that failed to warn employees of the dangers posed by asbestos and provide protective equipment.
If you find yourself in this situation, you shouldn’t be put off making a claim. In most cases, it will still be possible to get compensation through the business’s insurance company.
Businesses have been required by law to put Employers’ Liability Insurance in place since 1972 to ensure they’re covered for the injury or illness for any of their employees. But many companies insured themselves with this kind of insurance well before the 1970s and we regularly find policies for dissolved companies dating back as far as the 1950s.
If your former employer didn’t have any insurance, you could still claim through a government-funded Scheme. This could either be seeking compensation under the Pneumoconiosis Workers Compensation Act and/or the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.
Our Industrial Disease Solicitors are experts and will use their knowledge and experience to locate the relevant insurance firm and secure your compensation.