Slater & Gordon Lawyers can provide immediate representation and sympathetic support for victims of exposure to Asbestos fibres at work or at home. If you or a member of your family has suffered from an Asbestos related disease or cancer such as Mesothelioma; call our No Win, No Fee Solicitors for a free consultation on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll call you.
No Win, No Fee Asbestos Compensation Claims
98% of our Asbestos Compensation Claims are funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a ‘No Win, No Fee’ agreement.
You are entitled to claim compensation for Asbestos, Asbestosis, Mesothelioma or Asbestos induced Lung Cancer if you, or a member of your family, developed the Asbestos related disease or cancer as a result of being exposed to Asbestos or to Asbestos fibres in the workplace.
You are entitled to claim compensation for Mesothelioma if you were exposed to Asbestos fibres while not at work or in a workplace; for example from exposure to Asbestos fibres on the work clothes of a family member, or if you lived near a factory where Asbestos was regularly used.
If the employer or the company is no longer operating, you can still claim compensation through its insurance company; by restoring the company, or by bringing a Mesothelioma claim under the Government’s scheme via the Pneumoconiosis (Workman’s Compensation) Act 1979.
Millions of people were exposed to Asbestos at work from the 1930s to the 1970s as its use in the construction, shipbuilding and aircraft industries was widespread. Many employers knew about the dangers of Asbestos but did not adequately protect their employees, employees’ families or local residents from being exposed to Asbestos fibres.
Slater & Gordon are one of the largest Personal Injury Law Firms in the UK. We have offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Wakefield and meeting rooms in Bramhall, Cheshire.
Call our Asbestos Claims Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9046 or start your claim online.
Claiming Compensation for Mesothelioma
You have to bring an Asbestos compensation claim within three years of first being told that you have the disease Mesothelioma. You can also bring a claim if your injuries are relatively minor, as it is possible to reserve the opportunity to get more damages if you develop one of the more serious conditions in later years.
There are four main hurdles to clear in order to win compensation in a Mesothelioma claim:
1. A medical report by an expert in respiratory disease will be needed, to prove that you are suffering from an Asbestos-related disease.
2. Establishing that the disease was caused by exposure to asbestos from a particular source, namely your employer. This can be done by producing evidence to show that you suffered from Asbestos exposure, and the years when it occurred.
3. Many employers have known of the dangers of exposure to asbestos for more than 50 years. You will need to show that your employer could have foreseen that at the time of the exposure you could suffer an Asbestos-related disease.
4. Establishing that your exposure to Asbestos was caused by your employers’ negligence. Many employers did nothing to warn their employees or to protect them from the dangers.
When you contact Slater & Gordon an expert Asbestos Claims Solicitor will talk you through each requirement in more detail, and help you to understand the claims process every step of the way.
Many people were exposed to Asbestos fibres through working for more than one employer. Equally, the Courts have held that it may be impossible to identify which exposure and therefore which employer has caused a victim’s illness. However, if we can prove that exposure to Asbestos increased the risk of developing an Asbestos-related disease, a claim can be pursued against that employer.
If you have any questions please just call Slater & Gordon Lawyers on freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online.
Asbestos Compensation Claim News
Slater & Gordon Lawyer Simon Allen has written for the Viewpoint section of Prospects’ magazine ‘Profile’ about a Mesothelioma claim he successfully concluded for a man that worked at Ministry of Defence (MoD) dockyard as an apprentice shipwright. Read the article here.
New Ruling from the UK Supreme Court, April 2012
Slater & Gordon Lawyer Tracey Graham who specialises in work related disease claims, welcomed the new ruling from the UK Supreme Court safeguarding millions of pounds in compensation that would be handled by the City’s legal community. Tracey believes that the success rate of Asbestos-related claims, valued at up to £500,000 is more secure following confirmation that liability lies with the insurers that covered companies at the time employees were first exposed, rather than when the symptoms of Asbestos exposure first manifested themselves.
Retired Joiner Urges Contractors to Come Forward
Keith Hawkins, a retired joiner formerly employed by Sheffield City Council, is appealing for contractors that undertook work on Myers Grove School, the Gleadless Valley estate or the Park Hill estate during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s to contact his Solicitor Simon Allen.
Keith was diagnosed with the Asbestos-related cancer Mesothelioma in 2010, and is now seeking Asbestos compensation. Keith came into contact with Asbestos fibres and dust on several occasions between 1954 and 1993 while repairing airing cupboards and guttering and during the initial construction of Myers Grove School.
Call our No Win, No Fee Asbestos Claim Solicitors on freephone 0800 916 9046 or claim online.
Solicitors at Slater & Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel & the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL).