A new ruling under the law has opened the door for an asbestos death widow to seek additional compensation even after her husband had agreed to a full and final settlement concerning his condition in the past.
Julien Lloyd lost her husband Cliff in 2012 to mesothelioma – a type of cancer that only develops years after exposure to asbestos. Cliff worked at Port Talbot in Swansea years ago and it was only after several decades that he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Now a court ruling has determined that people who have settled final compensation amounts can go back for more compensation later if their condition worsens. It is quite common for people to sue their employers for exposure to asbestos in the past, before any medical condition relating to that exposure has become apparent. This occurred in the Lloyd’s case and now Cliff’s asbestos death widow wants to try and seek further compensation after his sad death. This new ruling means many other people in similar situations may end up being able to do the same, if they seek proper legal advice in the process.
How dangerous is exposure to asbestos?
Many people are aware that asbestos can be deadly. However we were not always aware of this. Many people worked in industries that regularly exposed them to asbestos decades ago, without realising how dangerous it would come to be. The main danger is that there are no instant symptoms of exposure. These only occur years later and when this happens the individual can contract an asbestos-related form of cancer called mesothelioma. There is no cure for this, only appropriate management, and it can shorten a person’s lifespan.
Get in touch with Accident Advice Helpline now if you think you have a case
Regardless of whether you have already sought compensation or not, this new law makes it essential to seek further no-obligation legal advice to see where you stand now. Contact Accident Advice Helpline today to speak with a professional injury compensation lawyer to find out more information. This is the best way to determine whether you can put in a claim for compensation for exposure to asbestos on your behalf or as a widow of someone who has worked in a relevant area in the past. It takes just one phone call to determine where you stand. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: September 19, 2014
Author: David Brown