Asbestos Information Videos

What is asbestos?

An asbestos-related disease is a disease that has been cause by being exposed to asbestos. This could range from pleural plaques, diffused pleural thickening, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma. Unfortunately, you can no longer make a claim for compensation for asbestos-related pleural plaques.

What is pleural thickening?

Diffuse asbestos-related pleural thickening is a thickening of the pleura, which is the lining of the lungs, caused by exposure to asbestos. It is usually diagnosed once an individual has been referred to hospital and has had either an x-ray, a scan, or both.

What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a highly aggressive, incurable form of lung cancer, which, in the vast majority of cases, is caused by being exposed to asbestos. The exposure to asbestos, which causes mesothelioma, can be either a high dose, or a relatively minimal exposure. Very unfortunately, the prognosis for this condition is poor.

What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a scarring of the lung tissue, which has been caused by heavy exposure to asbestos. It results in symptoms that range from wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath and general tiredness. Unfortunately, asbestosis is an incurable condition.

What is an asbestos disease?

An asbestos-related disease is a disease that has been cause by being exposed to asbestos. This could range from pleural plaques, diffused pleural thickening, asbestosis, asbestos-related lung cancer and mesothelioma. Unfortunately, you can no longer make a claim for compensation for asbestos-related pleural plaques.

Asbestos claim after death

A claim can be made, after someone has unfortunately passed away as a result of an asbestos-related condition. Generally speaking, the time limit for bringing a claim in those circumstances is three years from the point of death. A claim can be brought by the executors, in the event that the deceased left a Will; or, if he or she didn’t, it can be made by the personal representatives, i.e. family members.

How much will it cost me to make a claim?

How long will my claim take?

It’s difficult to say how long a claim will take, because each claim is individual and is factually sensitive. There may be involvement from the coroner; there will undoubtedly be medical records that need to be obtained; witness statements will need to be taken and applications may need to be made to the government for state benefits.

How do I know if I am eligible to make a claim?

You’ll know if you can make a claim if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition; for example, asbestosis, diffuse pleural thickening, asbestos-related lung cancer or mesothelioma. In the event of any doubt, always give us a call.

How much is my case worth?

It’s difficult to predict how much a claim is worth from the outset, because it largely depends on the extent to which the symptoms that the individual has, have affected him or her. That, in turn, will be dependent on medical evidence. However, there are other aspects of the claim, other than the actual effect of the injuries, which you can make a claim for, including your out-of-pocket expenses. In addition to that, in the case of a fatality, dependents can bring a claim in their own right.

What evidence will I need for my asbestos claim?

If the person is alive, a diagnosis of an asbestos-related condition may have been made by a GP or the hospital to which the individual has been referred. In the case of someone who has passed away, a diagnosis of an asbestos-related condition may have been made during their life, or after they have passed away, by way of a post-mortem report. In either case, it is possible that even if you have not been diagnosed with an asbestos-related condition, a medical expert, on review of the medical records, may come to the conclusion that you have, in fact, suffered from an asbestos related disease.

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