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Asbestos-Related Disease Claims
If you are suffering from an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis, and think it was caused by your working conditions, you will be eligible to make a claim. The process of seeking compensation may seem daunting, but making an asbestos claim ensures you are able to access the financial help you are entitled to.
Our expert industrial disease team has years of experience helping victims to claim the compensation they deserve with the minimum of hassle and stress, leaving you and your family to concentrate on what is most important: your health and wellbeing.
Asbestos is a naturally-occurring mineral that has been used in manufacturing, construction and shipbuilding since the late 19th century due to its affordability, insulation qualities, strength, resistance to heat, and other desirable physical properties. Its use was most widespread between the 1950s and 1980s, and it was typically used in ceiling tiles, sprayed coatings, ship engine rooms, pipes and boilers.
However, asbestos poses a serious health risk when its fibres are inhaled after becoming airborne by cutting, drilling or breaking the mineral. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), asbestos-related diseases kill approximately 5,000 people in the UK each year.
Between the mid-1980s and late-1990s, a number of laws and regulations were imposed restricting the use of harmful substances - such as asbestos - in construction, manufacturing and other heavy industries, culminating in the Control of Asbestos Regulations Act in 1999. Amongst other things, this made it illegal to:
- Use asbestos cement
- Use insulating materials made from asbestos
- Use asbestos for surface coating
- Use asbestos paint or plaster
- Import products containing asbestos
Despite these regulations being put in place, many people continue to die each year due to asbestos exposure, even if it occurred decades earlier.
The serious and life-threatening diseases that can be caused by exposure to asbestos include:
- Lung cancer
- Pleural thickening
Lung cancer is a very serious disease that, if left untreated, can spread to other parts of the body. It is therefore essential it is diagnosed early - failure to do so can have fatal consequences.
The disease can be caused by heavy exposure to asbestos. There are many other possible causes, including smoking, however the effects of exposure to asbestos and smoking can multiply your chances of contracting lung cancer.
If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and have been exposed to asbestos at any point in your life, call now to speak to one of our specialist solicitors and we will advise you on whether you have a claim.
Asbestosis is caused by scarring to the alveoli; the tissues responsible for the exchange of carbon dioxide and oxygen. Symptoms include:
- Shortness of breath
- Coughs and chest pain
Asbestosis can be diagnosed through an X-ray, computerised tomography (CT) scan or biopsy.
The outlook for asbestosis sufferers differs from person to person and depends on the damage that has been caused by the asbestos fibres. In many cases, the condition develops very slowly, with symptoms not presenting themselves for many years. However, in other cases the disease can be very debilitating and significantly shorten the lifespan of the sufferer. It can also increase their risk of contracting other conditions, such as pleural thickening, mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Pleural thickening refers to the scarring of the pleura (the membrane covering the lungs) and has the potential to restrict lung capacity. If the disease is widespread and affects both lungs, it is referred to as bilateral diffuse pleural thickening.
We have worked with many sufferers of pleural thickening. While asbestos exposure is a known cause of the condition, there are several other potential causes, including pneumonia, tuberculosis, malignancy and infection.
This can make it difficult to work out the extent to which asbestos has caused the disease. What's more, the courts have ruled that pleural thickening can only be compensated to the extent that it is symptomatic, which means lung function tests need to be performed. As a result, this is a potentially complex area that requires expert legal advice.
Mesothelioma is an incurable form of cancer that affects the pleura and is caused by exposure to asbestos.
If you have contracted mesothelioma as a result of your working environment or someone else’s negligence, visit this page to find out more about claiming compensation for the disease.
Diseases can have a very long latency period - sometimes in excess of 50 years. This can mean people have moved abroad or retired to the sunshine by the time their symptoms develop.
If your exposure to asbestos took place in the UK, then the fact you are a resident abroad is not a bar to you claiming.
Our legal advisers will help you throughout the claims process, providing you with the following services:
- Advising you on available benefits and likely compensation amounts (lump sum payments are available for certain types of asbestos disease).
- Finding likely sources of exposure to asbestos.
- Tracing insurers of companies in liquidation in order to further your claim.
- Providing access to leading medical experts.
- Applying for early interim payments.
- Pursuing claims through the High Courts Fast Track Mesothelioma Procedure.
- Obtaining your full entitlement to compensation to protect you and your family's future.
We will guide you throughout the entire claims process, providing the support and advice you need at every turn ultimately helping you to secure a successful outcome to your asbestos-related disease claim.
A landmark claim; we had the pleasure of being able to assist Mrs W and her family make a claim against Cape Asbestos, achieving £110,000 on their behalf.
Mr D was significantly exposed to asbestos throughout his life and passed away after contracting lung cancer. Mrs D was referred to JMW by the coroner, and she decided to make a claim for his disease.
Mr G, a retired aircraft engineer, was diagnosed with Mesothelioma and was advised to contact JMW Solicitors, who took on his case.
Dr N, a Doctor and Professor working in the chemical industry, was diagnosed with mesothelioma after he developed breathing problems which led to pleural pneumonia and ultimately, mesothelioma.
Mr B developed mesothelioma after working in different workplaces where he was exposed to asbestos. He was made aware of JMW Solicitors via his local asbestos awareness support group.
We were instructed by Mr L’s son after his father had been given our details by an asbestos support group, but passed away before instructing us. His son decided to proceed with the claim, which JMW Solicitors’ Andrew Lilley handled on his behalf.
Mr and Mrs M were referred to JMW Solicitors by their local hospital after Mr M was diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Prof C was a retired engineering expert who was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He was put in touch with JMW through an asbestos support group, where he dealt with Andrew Lilley, Head of the Industrial Disease department.
Mr F, a chartered loss assessor, was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during two spells of summer work during his youth. He was put in touch with JMW Solicitors by a friend, where Abigail Morrison, Associate, handled his case.
Mr R was exposed to asbestos after years spent working as an electrician. He decided to claim compensation after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma and his wife carried on the case after he sadly passed away.
Mrs B’s husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma in August, and sadly passed away the next month. Mrs B decided to make a claim on behalf of her husband and was put in touch with JMW Solicitors LLP through her local asbestos support and awareness group.
Mr W was exposed to asbestos during his work as a Gear Cutter, subsequently contracting mesothelioma. After he passed away, his wife decided to make a claim. Mrs W contacted JMW Solicitors where partner, Andrew Lilley, handled her case.
Mr Y was exposed to asbestos during his career as a heating engineer and plumber, working with asbestos-lagged boilers and pipework. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma during his and his wife’s retirement in Spain. He decided to make a claim and got in touch with JMW Solicitors, where Abigail Morrison, Associate, handled his claim.
Mr B was exposed to asbestos as a result of his work as a mechanical engineer. Shortly before his death, Mr B expressed a desire to make a claim for compensation.
Mr C, a retired plumber, was exposed to asbestos during his employment, where he worked on stripping asbestos-lagged boilers from various public and private properties. After visiting his local asbestos support group, he decided to make a claim and was put in touch with JMW Solicitors where Andrew Lilley, Head of Industrial Disease, dealt with his case.
Mr R was exposed to asbestos whilst working for a building firm, subsequently contracting mesothelioma. He decided to make a claim and was put in touch with JMW Solicitors where Andrew Lilley, partner, handled his case.
Mr L worked in his local shipyard as a labourer in the 1950s and 60s, where he was exposed to damaging levels of asbestos that ultimately caused him to contract mesothelioma. He made a claim with JMW Solicitors.