Some of the symptoms you can expect to see include shortness of breath, persistent coughing, wheezing, extreme tiredness, pain in the chest and the shoulder and even clubbed or swollen fingertips. If you notice these things, you may have been exposed to asbestos and need to visit a doctor. However, there is no cure for asbestosis and in serious conditions, it can even result in death.
Can you claim for asbestosis after death?
If you have recently lost a loved one to asbestosis, you may still be able to make a claim. This is a difficult time due to the emotions involved with the loss of a loved one, however, it can also be a significant time in terms of financial implications for you. If your loved one has experienced any form of disease as a result of asbestos, including asbestosis, lunch cancer, pleural thickening or mesothelioma, then you could stand to regain some financial compensation. On behalf of your loved one, solicitors can help you to make a claim even after a death. While this can never make up for the death of your loved one, it can help you to make life a lot easier during a tough time.
How do you claim for asbestosis
There are quite a few stages to making a compensation claim, however, it is definitely worth pursuing to ensure you get the justice you deserve. These are the general steps we will take to get the best possible result for your claim:
1. Initial claim
The first step is to put together a letter that details your claim. In this letter, you should outline the details of the issue that has been caused as a result of exposure to asbestos. This needs to be sent to the third party so that they are notified of the claim that you are making.
2. Collecting evidence
The next step is to gather together all of the evidence that you or your loved one became ill as a result of asbestos exposure. You have to be able to show that the illness was a result of asbestos rather than any other cause in order to have a claim.
3. Assessing financial losses
To continue with your claim, you will need to work out how much you are actually entitled to as a result of this illness. This could include the cost of any medication, travel expenses for medical purposes and any lost wages as a result of the illness. You can use our calculator to work out how much you could be entitled to.
The final step is the settlement. Not all claims are successful, and at this point, you will find out if your claim has failed or if you had reached a settlement. Once your claim has been accepted you will be offered compensation. You can decide if you are happy with this result and want to accept, in which case you will need to sign to confirm.
Before you reach a settlement, there are a lot of steps to complete and evidence to gather and you may find that you have to go through courts and deal with difficult third parties in order to fight for your claim. We, however, can match you with the right legal team to offer you the support you need. We understand that this is a hard time and so we are happy to fight for justice on your behalf in order to get you the best settlement possible so that you can continue to live your life.
How long does a claim for asbestosis take
A claim for asbestos injury can be a fairly lengthy process. At the upper end, you could be looking at a process of around a year or 18 months, however, it could also be as little as 90 days until your settlement is complete. This depends on how complex your case is. If it is more complicated and more evidence is needed to decide your case, then you may find it takes even longer and you do not receive a final decision for anywhere up to three years.
How much compensation do you get for asbestosis
The amount of compensation that you could receive depends on the severity of your illness that results from asbestos exposure. There is a wide range when it comes to how much you could be entitled to. This could be anywhere from £1,000, to an average of £20,000 for mild symptoms. Although, for more severe cases you could get upwards of £30,000. Either way, getting the justice that you deserve is important.
Calculate your asbestos compensation claim today!
If you have been affected by asbestos in recent years, you could stand to get compensation. However, this can be a very complex process. To make sure you get what you deserve, our team of legal experts are on hand to help you navigate the process and get justice. But first, it is useful to calculate an estimate of how much you might be able to claim.
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