Asbestos is the largest cause of work-related illnesses and deaths in the UK. When inhaled, asbestos irritates the lining of the lungs and over time, can contribute to the development of deadly diseases such as cancer. If you have been hurt or injured as a result of asbestos it is always worth talking to someone about your situation to see if you can make a claim.
Claiming compensation for asbestos-related diseases
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, it may be possible for you to make a compensation claim through an asbestos expert. In every case, sound medical evidence will be required to show that the condition you are suffering from is linked to your exposure to asbestos. As with any personal injury claim, you will need to demonstrate that the person you are making a compensation claim against breached their duty of care (they were negligent) and that the disease you have sustained was a consequence of their negligence. Not following Health and Safety guidelines can be due to ignorance, forgetfulness or a blatant disregard of the regulations. Every employer is legally obliged to have Health and Safety procedures in place which assess risks in the workplace and take steps to prevent injury to their employees. They are also required to hold public liability insurance to cover any claims for compensation in the unfortunate event that an employee or visitor is injured in the workplace. One of the areas we specialise in is work injuries claims. The workplace can be the scene of a vast array of accidents. When workers are injured because of the carelessness or negligence of their employer there is often a valid claim for personal injury compensation.
Asbestos-related diseases take many years to develop. By which time, the person you need to make a compensation claim against may no longer be in business. Asbestos claims can therefore be complicated and in order for you to receive the maximum possible compensation, it is advisable to let an experienced asbestos expert handle your claim.
Using an asbestos expert
There are two main elements to awards of compensation. The first is general damage compensation and it covers the pain and suffering you have experienced. It can include an award for your inability to perform everyday tasks, such as washing and dressing yourself, preparing meals and completing DIY tasks around the home. General damage compensation can support you for a short period or for the rest of your life, depending on your prognosis. The second element is for your financial losses and expenses, which are collectively known as special damages. It takes into account any disease-related expenditures, such as prescription charges.
Receiving advice from an asbestos expert
Accident Advice Helpline’s personal injury solicitors have successfully negotiated compensation claims for countless victims of asbestos-related diseases. If you would like to find out more about making a claim, speak to one of our advisers via our Freephone helpline or take our 30-second test to receive detailed guidance on pursuing compensation. This service is free to use and you will be under no obligation to proceed with your claim. However, if you do wish to make a claim, we will provide you with access to an asbestos expert on a 100% no win, no fee basis.