Swindon & Southwest Asbestosgroup
Abestos Related Illnesses

Asbestos Related Illnesses

Industrial Diseases – A Legal Point of View



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We are experts in helping people who may have been injured at work or suffer from medical conditions which have been caused by the type of work they do i.e. deafness, asthma, asbestosis, mesothelioma.

People who may suffer from medical conditions which have been caused by the type of work they do.

If these have arisen as a result of their employer being negligent, it may be possible to claim.

Questions You Ask About Asbestos Claims

1.  What illnesses are caused by asbestos?

  1. Pleural plaques
  2. Diffuse pleural thickening
  3. Asbestosis
  4. Mesothelioma
  5. Lung Cancer

2. Is there a time limit for bringing a claim?

Claims must be brought within 3 years of a patient being advised by the doctor that they have an asbestos disease or if they die within the 3 year period, within 3 years from the date of death. If you haven’t applied within this time limit, you can still apply to the court for permission to bring a claim out of time but it is better if you brought it within the    3 year period.

3. What happens if the employer who exposed me to asbestos no longer exists?

Most employers have Employer Liability Insurance.  If there are Insurers, a claim can still be brought even if the employer is no longer in existence. We have 30 years of experience in bringing asbestos claims and are often successful in finding insurance companies even though the company long ceased to exist.

The Government are setting up an organisation to keep records of these Employer Liability Insurance and a fund of last resort for those who can not find their Employer Liability Insurance company.

4. What happens if I worked for two or more employers who exposed me to asbestos?

In the case of mesothelioma you can claim all the damages from any one employer.  For the other asbestos illnesses you can claim against all the employers and they will each pay a contribution.

5. What can I claim?

Damages vary depending on your age, your financial position and the type of illness you are suffering from. You will receive a lump sum for pain and suffering which varies from £5,000 to £80,000 depending on the nature of the illness. In addition to this, you can claim for the following:

  • Expenses incurred in the course of the illness
  • Funeral expenditure
  • Loss of the ability to do services such as decorating, DIY and  gardening
  • Loss of income and pension
  • Nursing costs

Damages for Asbestos illness are often in the region of £100,000 – £500,000 and in addition legal costs are also paid so it is well worth making a claim

6. Are there any damages payable for wives / children who are exposed to asbestos from their husband’s / father’s clothing?

Wives / children exposed to asbestos from husband’s / father’s clothing can claim for damages providing exposure took place after October 1965.

7. I would like to bring a claim but how can I pay for legal costs?

We deal with these claims on a no win no fee basis. This means you only have to pay us if you win the case.  In these cases the costs are usually paid by the Defendant’s Insurers.

8. How quickly can I obtain some monies for compensation?

We appreciate that if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos illness, particularly if it is serious, you will want a payment quickly. Once liability has been accepted by the insurers, we can usually obtain an interim lump sum of up to £50,000 for you. You will receive the balance once the case is concluded.

9. DSS Benefits.

If you are suffering from asbestos disease, you may be entitled to a number of benefits from the DSS even if you are still working, including Industrial Disablement Pension, lump sum from the Government and attendance allowance. We have the forms and will complete these for you.

We have been dealing with asbestos claims for over 30 years.  For details of some of the claims we have recently dealt with, please click on ‘News’.

We will provide home visits to people suffering from asbestos disease anywhere in the country.  We represent people suffering from asbestos disease throughout the United Kingdom and Worldwide.

Please contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793 511055 or brigitte.chandler@clmlaw.co.uk

Brigitte Chandler
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Brigitte Chandler

May 14th, 2010 at 8:48 am



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