Mesothelioma Compensation

Can I make a Mesothelioma Claim?

Our Mesothelioma Compensation Team have helped many victims of asbestos-related cancers and also supported their families during this difficult time. Find out how they can help you today.

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Who can claim?

  • If you are suffering with mesothelioma then you can claim.
  • If a close relative has died of mesothelioma in the past 3 years (eg a spouse or parent) then you can claim as a dependent.
  • If you are claiming as a dependent you can also make a mesothelioma claim under the Dust Fund, but must do so within a year of the date of your relative’s death. You will recover a lower amount under the Fund than a living mesothelioma sufferer would receive.

What can you claim for?

If you are suffering with mesothelioma you can claim compensation in the form of:

  • state benefits (Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit "IIDB"), and
  • a one-off lump sum payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc (Workers Compensation) Act 1979 – sometimes referred to as the Dust Fund
  • you can also make a civil claim for compensation against those responsible for exposing you to asbestos dust

How much compensation will I get?

The amount you recover under the Dust Fund will depend on your age at the time of diagnosis with mesothelioma. You should make a mesothelioma claim as soon as you are diagnosed and within 12 months of the date you were awarded Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

The amount you recover in a civil claim varies from a minimum of around £45,000 to in excess of £500,000.

How much will it cost me?

You will not be charged. Our solicitors will deal with you mesothelioma compensation claim for you on "no win no fee" basis and if you win we guarantee that you will keep 100% of your compensation.

How long will it take to make a mesothelioma claim for compensation?

Claims for mesothelioma victims are usually fast tracked through the Court system. The vast majority of mesothelioma compensation claims are settled by negotiation without the need to attend Court. In most cases an upfront payment of around £45,000 is made within 6 months of the letter of claim.

Why choose our Mesothelioma Experts?


Emma Costin at Simpson Millar LLP specialises in industrial and occupational disease claims.

Phillip Gower at Simpson Millar LLP has ‘vast experience, exercises sound judgement, and has an easy manner with his clients'. He has an excellent reputation for industrial disease work, particularly asbestos and hearing loss cases.

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Case Example

Plumber exposed to asbestos

We acted for an apprentice plumber who worked for Trollope and Colls Limited from 1948 until 1953. During the course of his work he was exposed to asbestos as the pipe work he often worked on was lagged with asbestos and he was required to remove the asbestos lagging by tearing it and breaking it off. He often undertook work in the boiler rooms where there were large quantities of asbestos lagging and no preventative measures were taken to reduce exposure or warnings given.

In February 2007 he underwent medical investigation as he was suffering from chest pain, and an X-ray showed a large right side pleural fusion and he underwent a pleurectomy following which a diagnosis of mesothelioma was made. He was given a reduced life expectancy and contacted our solicitors with a view to pursuing a claim. Following his retirement, he moved to South Africa where he was a resident. Our solicitors were able to deal with the preparation of his evidence including expert medical evidence and evidence relating to future treatment and care speedily. In addition we were able to trace the former employers which are still trading to-date and in order to protect his position proceedings were issued in the fast track case in London and the matter has recently been concluded.

He has received over £100,000 damages to conclude in settlement of his mesothelioma compensation claim.

How do I make a claim for mesothelioma compensation?

For free legal advice on making a claim for state benefits, war pension or a civil claim through the Courts please contact our solicitors.

  • One of our specialist mesothelioma claim solicitors will give you clear practical advice.
  • We aim to see people in their own homes.
  • We are a national law firm with expert mesothelioma claim solicitors covering all regions of the country.

What if I have served in the Armed Forces and wish to make a mesothelioma compensation claim?

If your only exposure to asbestos was during active service in the armed forces before 1987 then The Crown Proceedings Act prevents you from making a mesothelioma claim. However you may be entitled to a War Pension.

If you were exposed to asbestos after 1987 you can make a civil claim against the armed forces.

If you were exposed to asbestos either before or after your active service you can claim against the civilian employer. We are often contacted by former servicemen and women who were heavily exposed to asbestos while on active service, usually on board ships and who think they are not able to claim for the later, often lighter asbestos exposure that occurred during their civilian work. We have succeeded in recovering compensation in the majority of such claims.

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme

The Armed Forces Compensation Scheme replaced the War Pensions Scheme in 2005. You may be eligible for a mesothelioma compensation payment under the old scheme if you were injured as a result of asbestos exposure in the armed forces before 6th April 2005. If your injury occurred after this date you may be eligible to claim under the new scheme.

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Gavin Evans | Partner &  Head of Industrial Disease | Simpson Millar LLP

Gavin Evans
Partner, Head of Industrial Disease

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