Asbestos Claims for British Expats Living Overseas

Author:
Anthony Waddington
Senior Associate Solicitor, Industrial Disease Claims
Date:
22/10/2020

If you were exposed to asbestos while living and working in the UK, you can still claim compensation after you moved overseas.

Asbestos related illnesses such as mesothelioma, lung cancer, pleural thickening and asbestosis can take decades to develop after a person has been exposed to asbestos dust and fibres. So it may be that you were exposed to asbestos when you worked in the UK, but you were diagnosed with an asbestos disease after moving overseas.

However, you can still claim compensation just as you would if you still lived in the UK, as the company you worked for when the asbestos exposure happened would still be subject to UK law.

Our Industrial Disease Solicitors can help you if you’re living abroad and claiming against a company in the UK, even if they’re no longer trading. We can also help you apply for any benefits you may be entitled to from the UK Government.

If you’re a British expat living overseas, you don’t have to travel to UK to make an asbestos claim. We can speak to you by phone or video conferencing and we’ll keep you updated throughout the claims process by email and post.

Contact our Industrial Disease Solicitors for a free claims assessment and legal advice, and we’ll be happy to look at your situation and how we can help you. We may be able to act on a No Win, No Fee basis - ask us for details.

Call us on 08002605010 or request a callback and we will help you.

How Simpson Millar Can Help You

Our Industrial Disease Solicitors are experts in dealing with employers’ liability claims for a wide range of work related illnesses and diseases. We have a strong track record of helping people with asbestos related diseases get compensation and access the care and support they need. For example:

When you contact us for a free claims assessment, we’ll talk with you about your condition, when you may have been exposed to asbestos and how we could help you. If we can take on your case, we’ll investigate your entire working history, so we can establish specifically where the exposure to asbestos took place and who can be held liable (at fault).

We’ll also arrange for you to have an independent medical assessment, so a medical expert can prepare a report with details of your condition. This is a very important part of your claim, as it helps us identify your care needs, how much they will cost and to correctly value how much compensation you should be awarded.

Your Solicitor can then contact the company you worked for, or their insurer, with details of the claim. Even if your former employer is no longer in business, the insurance policies at the time you worked there will remain valid. We can locate these insurance policies on your behalf, as we have access to databases containing this information for thousands of companies going back to the 1950s.

If the other side accepts responsibility, either in full or in part, and you have urgent costs that need to be met, we could apply for Interim Payments of compensation on your behalf. This means you can cover expenses such as day-to-day living costs and vital care and rehabilitation without having to wait for your case to settle.

At the same time, we can advise you if you’re eligible for any state benefits from the UK Government, such as Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

Our aim is to get you in a position where you can live with your condition as best you can without any financial concerns, and we won’t let the fact you’re living overseas since you were exposed to asbestos.

We can support you throughout the whole legal process, speaking with you and providing essential help and guidance every step of the way.

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