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ASBESTOS COMPENSATION CLAIMS

Being diagnosed with asbestosis can be both shocking and distressing for the person diagnosed and his family. If you have got been suffered from asbestos-related illness due to someone else’s negligence, you can claim compensation against loss occurred physically or financially.

What is asbestos and how can I get asbestos-related Illness

Asbestos is a mineral that has been mined for hundreds of years and was used due to its fireproof qualities. And Asbestosis is a long term inflammatory disease caused because of asbestos fibre.

People who have been working in fire-fighters or as engineers, plumbers, joiners, dockyard workers are found to be diagnosed with asbestosis. Exposure to asbestos fibre dust occurs when a product containing asbestos is disturbed and asbestos fibres are released into the air. Now, this disturbance can be caused by a third person as well. It can even cause by washing garments of a person exposed to asbestos fibre dust.

What asbestos-related diseases are you able to get from exposure to asbestos?

Inhaling asbestos fibre can cause following serious illness:-

Mesothelioma

Asbestos-related lung cancer

Asbestosis

Pleural thickening

Pleural plaques 

Can I claim for asbestos exposure?

Exposure to asbestos at any point of life makes one more prone to asbestos-related lung disease in future. Asbestos had been used extensively across the United Kingdom in industry and construction. Thousands of workers and labourers had been unintentionally exposed to asbestos during their work. The National Asbestos Helpline,  attempt to provide support and assistance to as many of us laid low with asbestos, and understand if someone can claim compensation for his or her exposure to asbestos. 

Who can claim compensation after exposure to asbestos?

Compensation for a private injury following exposure to asbestos can be claimed by anyone who has gone on to develop and be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease that’s causing a disability.

These diseases include:

Now, claiming asbestos compensation is not easy. A person might have been exposed to asbestos in multiple environments. In order to claim compensation, a person may have to prove how they were exposed to asbestos. Also one has to prove that they worked in the asbestos-exposed environment for thousands of hours. Moreover, asbestos compensation can be claimed for a deceased person who died from an asbestos-related disease. 

Can I get compensation if I have already made a claim?

If someone is diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, they have three years to file claim starting from the date of diagnosis. This three year period is also referred to as the limitation period. If an individual was diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease for more than 3 years (outside of the limitation period), it would mean they have run out of time to make a claim. 

If an asbestos-related disease has been diagnosed, there is a possibility that another one could happen in the future. If a person hasn’t received full and final compensation, then sometimes a person who has already been diagnosed can again file for compensation if his health gets worse. In some cases, the person gets full and final payment but they cant file for future compensation claims.

If the initial claim was made on a “provisional” basis, instead of full and final, then that person may be able to make another claim further down the line. Provisional claims usually distribute a smaller amount than full and final ones. This also allows the claimant to file for future claims in case more serious problems or disease develops later on.

What help is available if you've been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness?

Being diagnosed with asbestos-related disease can be extremely devastating for the person diagnosed and his family.