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Asbestosis Injury Claims

If you have suffered from asbestosis poisoning while at work, you may be able to claim compensation. Your case will be reviewed by our panel of legal firms who will be able to tell you how much you could be owed.

Overview of asbestosis claims

Asbestosis external link icon light blue is a lung disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos fibres. Asbestos was a widely used building material in the 20th century, particularly in the construction industry. The use of the material was later discovered to be hugely harmful but was only completely banned as recently as 1999 external link icon light blue. Asbestos fibres can cause scarring in the lungs, which can lead to a reduction in lung function, shortness of breath and other respiratory issues.

Unfortunately, asbestosis is often only diagnosed years after exposure with symptoms taking at least a decade to become apparent and in some cases even as long as 40 or more years, and there is no known cure.

Individuals who have been diagnosed with asbestosis as a result of asbestos exposure may be eligible to make a compensation claim. Asbestos claims are designed to provide financial support to those who have been diagnosed with asbestosis due to the negligence of an employer or another responsible party.

The criteria needed to qualify for an asbestos claim

To qualify for an asbestosis claim, an individual must have been diagnosed with asbestosis, and the diagnosis must have been caused by exposure to asbestos. The exposure must have occurred due to the negligence of an employer or another responsible party. This could include an employer who failed to provide adequate protection against asbestos exposure or a manufacturer who failed to warn users of the dangers of asbestos.

Did you know?

You have three years to make an asbestos claim from the date when you are diagnosed, even if your exposure to asbestos happened long in the past.

The legal argument for an asbestos claim

Asbestosis claims are typically brought under the law of negligence. Negligence occurs when a responsible party fails to take reasonable care to prevent harm to others. In the case of asbestosis claims, the responsible party may be an employer, manufacturer, or another party that exposed individuals to asbestos without adequate protection. Due to this, as part of your claim, you may need to prove that the party you are claiming against was responsible for taking reasonable care to prevent harm.

Key Facts

Asbestos exposure is one of the biggest work-related deaths in the world, with 90,000 external link icon white people dying annually due to asbestos-related diseases.

The evidence needed to support an asbestos claim

To make an asbestosis claim, the claimant must provide evidence that they were exposed to asbestos and that this exposure caused their asbestosis. This evidence can come in many forms, including:

Medical records

The claimant’s medical records will provide evidence of their asbestosis diagnosis, as well as any other medical conditions that may have been caused by asbestos exposure.

Work history

If the claimant was exposed to asbestos at work, their work history will provide evidence of their exposure. This can include employment contracts, payslips, and witness statements from colleagues.

Did you know?

Symptoms and illnesses related to asbestos can take years to develop, even as long as 20 to 30 years external link icon white

Witness statements

Witness statements from friends, family, and colleagues can provide evidence of the claimant’s exposure to asbestos.

Expert witnesses

An expert witness, such as a medical professional or an industrial hygienist, can provide evidence of the link between the claimant’s asbestosis and exposure to asbestos.

How much could you get for an asbestos claim?

Compensation amounts for asbestosis claims can vary significantly depending on the severity of the illness and the circumstances surrounding the exposure. Typically, compensation is awarded for the pain and suffering caused by the illness, as well as any financial losses incurred.

The amount of compensation awarded for pain and suffering will depend on the severity of the illness and how it has impacted the claimant’s quality of life. For example, if the asbestosis has left the claimant unable to work or enjoy their hobbies, they may be entitled to a higher amount of compensation.

Key Facts

A typical claimant with serious pain and impairment as a result of asbestos-related diseases could claim as much as £123,000 external link icon white

Financial losses that you could receive if you are successful in an asbestosis claim can include lost wages, medical expenses and travel costs for medical appointments. If the claimant has required home adaptations to accommodate their illness, such as stairlifts or bathroom modifications, these costs can also be claimed.

Working with the right legal team will ensure you receive the financial compensation you deserve, for more information about finding legal representation, contact Claims Bible today.

How long do asbestos claims take?

The timeline for asbestosis claims can vary depending on several factors. In general, the process can take anywhere from several months to a few years to reach a settlement or trial. The length of time typically depends on the complexity of the case, the severity of the claimant’s condition and the number of defendants involved.

It’s essential to understand that asbestosis claims are typically considered to be long-tail claims. This means that the effects of asbestos exposure may take many years to manifest as a disease, and the onset of symptoms may not occur until decades after the initial exposure. As a result, the claims process can be prolonged due to the need to gather medical evidence and establish causation.

In some cases, the claimant may not live long enough to see their claim resolved. In such cases, their family members may continue the claim on their behalf, and the timeline for the case may be extended accordingly.

The claim process

The process for asbestos claims can be a long one, and you will have to go through a few stages. The easiest solution is to find a professional who can help and make sure that you get the best result.

In general, the claims process includes:

Gathering evidence

you will need to find any relevant documents and medical records to prove your claim.

Sending a letter of claim

you will need to send a letter to notify those you are making the claim against.

Negotiating a settlement

if liability is admitted, your solicitor will negotiate a settlement with those you are making your claim against. If a settlement is reached then you will receive your money.

Court proceedings

If no settlement can be reached then you will need to go through the court if you want to further your claim.

If you would like help finding the right legal support, get in touch with Claims Bible today.

Common questions

What is Asbestosis, and what are the common symptoms associated with it?

Asbestosis is a lung disease that occurs when asbestos fibres cause scarring in the lungs, leading to difficulty in breathing. The most common symptoms include shortness of breath, a persistent cough, chest pain and nail clubbing. It is a serious condition that can lead to respiratory failure and lung cancer.

How can one make a claim for Asbestosis compensation, and what evidence is required to prove the claim?

To make a claim for Asbestosis compensation, an individual need to establish a link between their exposure to asbestos and their current medical condition. It is essential to gather medical records, employment history and witness statements to support the claim. A legal professional can help you to gather this evidence and give you a better chance at making a successful claim, especially if you have to go through court.

For more common questions, please refer to the specific claim pages or read our general FAQs page.