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Slater and Gordon Lawyers can provide immediate legal representation and sympathetic support for people exposed to Asbestos anywhere in the UK.
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 884 0275 or start your claim online and we will call you.
Our UK contact centre is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
98% of our Asbestos Compensation Claims are funded through a Conditional Fee Agreement, more commonly known as a No Win, No Fee agreement. This means there is no financial risk to you.
You can claim compensation for an Asbestos related disease such as Asbestosis, Mesothelioma, Pleural Plaques or Asbestos induced Lung Cancer if you, or a member of your family, developed the Asbestos disease or cancer as a result of being exposed to Asbestos or Asbestos fibres in the workplace.
You can also claim compensation for an Asbestos disease if you were exposed to Asbestos fibres or dust 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 has gone out of business or is no longer operating, you can still claim Asbestos compensation through the insurance company which provided insurance at the time of the exposure to Asbestos. In many Asbestos compensation cases the former company is restored, and/or compensation is claimed under the Government’s scheme through the Pneumoconiosis (Workman’s Compensation) Act 1979.
You can claim compensation if your Asbestos related injuries are relatively minor, as it is possible to reserve the opportunity to get more damages if you develop one of the more serious Asbestos related conditions in later years.
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 dust or fibres.
Slater and Gordon are a leading asbestos compensation law firm with 1,450 staff and offices in London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Milton Keynes, Merseyside, Newcastle, Halifax, Wakefield, Derby & meeting rooms in Hull & in Bramhall, Cheshire.
If you have a question about asbestos compensation or you are not sure if you can claim, call Slater and Gordon Lawyers for a free consultation and we'll be happy to help you.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers deal with asbestos compensation claims on a No Win No Fee basis.
There are four main hurdles to clear in order to win an asbestos compensation 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 and Gordon an expert Asbestos Claims Solicitor can talk you through each requirement in more detail, and help you to understand the compensation claim process.
You have to bring an Asbestos compensation claim within three years of first being told that you have the disease Mesothelioma.
Exposed to Asbestos by More than One Employer?
Many people were exposed to Asbestos fibres or dust 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 compensation claim can be pursued against that employer.
If you have any questions please call Slater and Gordon Lawyers for a free consultation on freephone 0800 884 0275 or contact us online and tell us the best time to call you.
Supreme Court Ruling, April 2012
One of our solicitors who specialises in Asbestos, Mesothelioma and industrial disease compensation claims, welcomed the ruling from the Supreme Court that safeguards millions of pounds in compensation that would be handled by the City’s legal community.
We believe the success rate of Asbestos compensation 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.
If you have been exposed to Asbestos it is important to register the exposure as soon as possible. To register free of charge please see Asbestos Register.
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 fill out our Asbestos Register.
Keith was diagnosed with the Asbestos-related cancer Mesothelioma in 2010, and is claiming compensation for Asbestos exposure. Keith came into contact with Asbestos fibres and dust on several occasions between 1954 & 1993 while repairing airing cupboards and guttering and during the initial construction of Myers Grove School.
Solicitors at Slater and Gordon Lawyers are members of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) & the Pan European Organisation of Personal Injury Lawyers (PEOPIL).