What is the Average Compensation for Asbestosis?
Each claim for asbestosis compensation is different so the amount you could receive will depend on your individual circumstances, such as the extent of your illness and the financial losses you’ve incurred.
Your asbestosis compensation settlement will be calculated to reflect the pain and suffering you’ve experienced and how the illness has affected your quality of life. It will also be based on past and future loss of earnings, and the cost of any medical care or rehabilitation support you need.
As workers earn different amounts of money, the amount awarded for the loss of earnings can range from a few thousand to hundreds of thousands of pounds should you find yourself unable to work as a result of the disease. The guidelines for pain, suffering and loss of amenity alone range from £12,600 in mild asbestosis cases to £88,500 in severe asbestosis cases.
For more detailed information see our Asbestosis Compensation Payouts Guide.
For free legal advice, or to make a claim for asbestosis, get in touch with our Industrial Disease Solicitors for a free, initial consultation. We may be able to handle your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis so ask us for details.
Options for Claiming Asbestos Compensation
You could claim compensation directly from the employer that exposed you to asbestos. You must make a claim within 3 years of your asbestosis being diagnosed so it’s best to get legal advice from an Industrial Disease Solicitor as soon as possible.
Our Solicitors can help you even if the asbestos exposure occurred many years ago and the company that caused your illness is no longer trading. In these cases, we can still claim against their insurer, or alternatively, claim for a lump sum through the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979.
Our Industrial Disease Solicitors may also be able to help you claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB). If you are eligible, you could receive between £35.80 and £179 a week, again depending on your individual circumstances. An IIDB claim is separate from the civil claim you may be pursuing against your employer.
The right compensation settlement and the state benefits you’re entitled to will help you to mitigate the effect of any lost earnings, particularly if your asbestosis is stopping you from working.
What is Asbestosis?
Asbestosis a serious lung condition that can result from prolonged exposure to asbestos dust and/or fibres in the workplace over an extended time, and sometimes high-volume exposure over a smaller period.
When a person inhales asbestos dust or fibres, they can get lodged in the lungs and gradually damage them. This can lead to scarring, which in turn causes the lungs to shrink and harden. Since the nature of asbestosis means the lung damage occurs over a long period of time, it could potentially be many years or even decades before symptoms arise and the condition is diagnosed. By this time, it may be the case that you’re no longer working for the company where the asbestos exposure took place, or the employer responsible may no longer be trading.
However, our Industrial Disease Solicitors are experts at tracking down those responsible and maintain a database of businesses and their insurers to support our investigations.
Common symptoms of asbestosis include:
- A persistent cough
- Shortness of breath
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Chest and shoulder pains
- Clubbed or swollen finger tips
While there is no known cure for asbestosis, symptoms can be managed through treatments such as oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation exercises. With the right compensation settlement in place, you’ll be able to access the treatments you need without having to worry about how much it will cost.
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