Asbestos disease is an industrial disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres, usually over several years. Most people contract an asbestos disease following working with asbestos in the construction and shipbuilding industries.
Making asbestos disease claims
Asbestos disease claims can be fraught with difficulty since the symptoms of the disease do not make themselves apparent until many years after your initial exposure to asbestos. The individual or business you need to make your claim against may therefore no longer be alive or in business. At Accident Advice Helpline, our personal injury solicitors are experts in dealing with asbestos disease claims. They can therefore provide you with specialist compensation claim advice.
When making an asbestos claim, you will need to demonstrate that the individual or business you are making your claim against breached their duty of care and that your illness resulted from their negligence. While collecting evidence in support of asbestos claims may seem like a daunting prospect, our personal injury solicitors will be able to collate all of the necessary information to pursue your claim and ensure that you receive optimum compensation for your suffering.
Receiving compensation for asbestos disease claims
There are two elements to an asbestos compensation award. The first compensates you for the physical and psychological pain you have endured. It can include an award for your inability to carry out everyday activities, such as washing your car and looking after your garden. The settlement may cover you for a short period or for the rest of your life, depending upon the recommendations detailed in your medical evidence.
The second element compensates you for any disease-related expenses. It can include the cost of hiring people to help you out around the home and travelling to and from medical appointments. It is important to retain receipts for any expenditures relating to your asbestos disease so that you are able to reclaim the money you have paid out.
Seeking professional advice on compensation claims
There are time limits involved in making asbestos disease claims for damages. As a general rule, you will need to make your claim within three years from the date on which you were diagnosed with asbestos disease. For this reason, call our Freephone helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile and speak to our friendly claims advisers or use our 30-second test today.