Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Compensation Claims
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is a building material that was heavily used for insulation up until the 1970s, before it was discovered that inhaling asbestos fibres was harmful. The reason why it took such a long time to make the link between asbestos and mesothelioma is because in many cases the symptoms took a long time to present themselves and in some cases many years after the contact with asbestos ceased.
As a result anyone who suffers from mesothelioma as a result of a third party’s negligence (usually an employer) can make a compensation claim. Those who are most likely to have been in contact with asbestos are the following:
- construction workers
- gas fitters
- shipyard workers
Asbestos Exposure Claims
The amount of compensation you can claim will depend on how far along the disease is, recovery time if it is curable and the general impact it has had on both the claimant’s life but also the claimant’s family. This includes expenses such as medical bills, loss of income, alterations that have to be made to the home (if any), care costs and so on. Any claim will usually be made against the employer’s (or former employer’s) insurance company, even if that employer is no longer in existence.
You can make a compensation claim provided that you file a claim within three years of the date of contracting mesothelioma or three years from the date it is diagnosed. If you are making a claim on behalf of a family member who has deceased then the claim must be made within three years of the date of death.
Instruct an Asbestosis Solicitor
A specialist asbestos and mesothelioma compensation solicitor** in Birmingham will be best placed to advise you on all the rules and time limits for making a successful claim. In addition they will also help you to establish liability and negotiate a settlement all on a no win no fee* basis so you do not have to worry about large legal fees when you make a claim regardless of whether you win or you lose.
Asbestos Compensation Lawyers Birmingham
Call us on 08000838358. If you prefer you can also contact us online for more information.