How to Claim for Asbestosis

Author:
Anthony Waddington
Senior Associate Solicitor, Industrial Disease Claims
Date:
16/01/2020

You may be entitled to compensation if you have been diagnosed with asbestosis in the last 3 years and it was caused by your working conditions.

Our Industrial Disease Solicitors can help you through the entire claims process, arranging medical assessments to get a clear view of your condition, building a comprehensive picture of your employment history, and identifying the employer or insurer to make a claim against.

We have considerable experience of helping people with asbestos related illnesses to get compensation and rehabilitation support. For example:

For free legal advice contact our Industrial Disease Solicitors and we’ll look at your claim and let you know if we think it has a good chance of success. Ask us if we can manage your claim on a No Win, No Fee basis.

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

Before getting legal advice, you should discuss your asbestosis symptoms with your GP and ask them whether they’re likely to have been caused by your past working conditions. Keep a record of any advice you’re given by your doctor and what treatment you are prescribed. If you’re referred to a specialist, you should again log any relevant details.

After getting medical advice, you should then contact our specialist Industrial Disease Solicitors. We’ll carry out an initial assessment of your claim, and if we decide to take on your case, we can then start gathering relevant evidence.

This will include a report compiled by an independent medical consultant outlining the nature of your asbestosis symptoms and condition, as well as tracing details of your past employers and their insurers. With this information, we’ll be in a good position to identify what type of care and support you may need, value your compensation settlement and approach the other party to seek damages.

The symptoms of asbestos related illnesses can take years or even decades to manifest, so establishing when and where you were exposed to asbestos may, on the face of it, appear to be impossible.

However, our Industrial Disease Solicitors are specialists in carrying out this type of investigation and getting results. We maintain a database of companies and have access to details of insurers to help with our investigations, so even if the company you worked for doesn’t exist anymore, you may still be able to make a claim.

How Much Compensation Can I Claim for Asbestosis?

Any asbestosis compensation settlement will reflect the severity of your condition and its impact on your life.

In the most severe asbestosis cases, you could be awarded between £30,000 and £84,000 compensation to reflect your pain, suffering and loss of amenity - in other words, how your quality of life has been affected. In cases of mild asbestosis, compensation could be between £12,000 and £30,000. For more details see our Asbestosis Compensation Payouts Guide.

However, these figures are just estimates, and any compensation settlement you may receive will depend on the specific circumstances of your case. They also do not include additional compensation that will reflect the financial impact of your asbestosis, such as any loss of income you’ve experienced and the cost of any care and home assistance you may need.

The compensation is designed to put you back in the financial position you would’ve been in had you not developed asbestosis, which means the figure will vary greatly for each individual claimant. For more information on how asbestosis compensation settlements are calculated, see our Asbestosis Compensation Payouts Guide.

Time Limits on Claiming Asbestosis Compensation

In England and Wales, you must make a claim for asbestosis compensation within 3 years of the date you were diagnosed with the condition. You should therefore get in touch with our Industrial Disease Solicitors as soon as possible after your diagnosis, so we can start the process of getting the compensation you are entitled to.

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