12 November 2014
Asbestos Compensation Claims Explained
Sometimes asbestos compensation claims might seem like an historical anomaly, a throwback to an age when health and safety wasn’t quite at the same standards as it is now.
But whatever the perception, unfortunately asbestos-related disease is very much a reality in today’s world due mainly to the fact that it usually takes many years for the symptoms to occur. Such diseases include mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural plaques and can be devastating in their effects both on the victim themselves as well as their families.
Asbestos compensation claims can be enormously complicated, not least because the exposure to asbestos materials usually took place many years earlier. This means that the gathering of evidence can be particularly difficult as well as working out exactly who should be the defendant and also which is the relevant insurance company.
Sadly, it can affect a large number of people and claims can arise not only for those who were exposed to asbestos by their employer but also, for example, their families who might also have been exposed as well as potentially those who visited places in which they might have suffered exposure.
Given the time lapse, the rules can get quite technical in asbestos compensation cases and they need to be worked on with particular care for every detail. Searches may need to be made both as to the status of particular companies and as to insurance company which might have a liability to pay compensation.
Expert evidence also needs to be gathered with great care in asbestos cases. This would usually be the case when the condition can be so very serious but it is all the more so when one of the big issues which can arise is whether the particular exposure to asbestos caused the disease which later occurred. This can raise potentially complicated issues both in terms of medical and other evidence and also as to the law. It can therefore be very helpful if those dealing with the case have experience in knowing exactly which matters are relevant and important and which are not.
But way beyond any complications and technicalities there sits the unavoidable human tragedy at the heart of each and every asbestos compensation case. This is something which dominates each and every step of the litigation and needs to be handled with great care and sensitivity.
Slater and Gordon Lawyers have a specialist team of Asbestos Compensation Solicitors that deal with Asbestos claims on a No Win No Fee basis. For a free consultation call freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you.
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