Asbestos-related illness claims

If you, or a loved one, has been exposed to asbestos at your place of work, you could be entitled to claim for compensation.

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What is asbestos?

Asbestos still kills around 5,000 workers (pdf) each year, according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). And, far from being a past problem, it can still be present in any building that was constructed or refurbished before the year 2000.

Asbestos is a fibrous silicate mineral material, often used commercially and industrially due to its insulating and fire resistant properties. It is classed as carcinogenic.

When materials or areas containing asbestos are drilled, broken or damaged, fibres are released into the air. If the fibres are inhaled they can cause serious scarring, or fibrosis, to the lungs (known as ‘pneumoconiosis’).

Often, asbestos-related illnesses take years to develop. Most commons forms are:

The symptoms of all these illnesses can include:

  • Severe shortness of breath and tightness in the chest
  • Persistent cough
  • Exhaustion
  • Chest pain
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Fluid around the lungs

Why make an asbestos-related illness compensation claim?

It’s our job to take the stress out of putting a case together. Our specialist industrial disease solicitors have many years’ experience of getting results in this area, which takes the pressure off you when it comes to assembling the facts and information in preparation for making the claim. Hopefully this allows you more time to continue with your life and provide for your future.

More about making a claim

How the claim process works


Get in touch

You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you


Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case


Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee* solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you may be able to claim asbestos compensation. You may also have a claim if you are a family member (eg. husband/wife or child) of someone who has died from an asbestos-related disease.

Your first step is to get in contact with us and tell us your situation. We will listen and ask questions, then assess whether you are likely to have a claim. Then we’ll guide you through the whole process, including our No Win No Fee* services.

How much compensation will I receive for an asbestosis compensation claim?

Settlement amounts very much depend on your illness, the severity and duration of your symptoms and how it affects your life. The Judicial College Guidelines range of compensation starts at £13,230, with upper limits of more than £100,000.

Is there a time limit for making an asbestos disease claim?

Asbestos-related claims fall under personal injury law, so should generally be brought within three years of the date of knowledge of the presence of an asbestos-related disease.

This is usually three years from the date of diagnosis by a medical expert. The Court do have discretion to allow exceptions, but you’d need very good reasons to request this.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

The first step is to make contact with us, so we can assess your case. From there we’ll guide you through your options and the process, including our No Win No Fee* services

There’s no obligation on your part to proceed with anything – just contact us using our online claim form, or phone using the numbers at the top of the screen. If you’d rather request a callback, we can call you at a time that’s convenient too.

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Frequently asked questions

I'm nervous about claiming against my employer. Should I be worried?

It’s understandable that you might feel anxious about bringing a claim against your employer.

Many people are concerned that their employer will be so aggrieved about their decision to make a claim due to an accident at work that they will terminate their employment.

However, taking this sort of action against any employee making a claim is actually illegal and you may have reasonable grounds to start unfair dismissal proceedings against them.

Should you fall victim to an accident at work, you shouldn’t have to worry about what your employer would think about you making a claim.

It’s their responsibility to ensure that your workplace is a safe, clean environment that is free from hazards which could harm your health and well-being.

With one of our solicitors by your side, making a claim against your employer won’t be a problem and you can be rest assured that your case is in the best possible hands.

Our solicitors understand that many people have these concerns regarding their employers, and will always deal with your case sympathetically.

Does my working environment affect my ability to claim?

The type of environment you work in shouldn’t affect your ability to claim, but it may affect the types of claim that can be brought forward.

For instance, certain circumstances causing injury may not be avoidable as part of the role, meaning your employers may not be liable.

It’s essential that you seek expert legal guidance before starting a claim, or you could end up out of pocket.

Our expert injury solicitors understand the law, and can find out if you have a basis for a claim – no matter what workplace you work in.

What if I'm self employed? Can I still claim?

It depends.  In many industries, workers will be technically self-employed, while working under the umbrella of another company. In these circumstances they are likely to have a duty of care to you.  This includes construction workers, electricians, plumbers, contractors etc.

It’s not always obvious who can claim (and who you can claim against), but our legal advisors will give you free legal advice about it.  Just get in touch.

What other expenses can I claim for?

You can claim for all out of pocket expenses associated with your injury, such as; lost income, medical bills, prescriptions and travel to and from medical appointments. In addition you can claim for adaptations you needed to make to your home.

Is there a time limit for an industrial disease claim?

Although personal injury claims should usually be made within three years, industrial disease is different.

Symptoms can take months or years to emerge, so generally the time limit starts from the date of knowledge, such as when you receive a diagnosis.

Cases vary greatly, depending on the illness and the circumstances, so please get in touch with us and we can tailor the advice to your specific circumstances.

Are there any catches to No Win No Fee*?

No, there are no 'catches'.  Although there are some exceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee* does what it says on the tin: if you don’t win, you don’t pay the solicitor's legal fees.

When discussing your claim, our advisors will be able to assess whether these exceptions apply to you. We’ll always be transparent, so you can be confident that we won’t land you with any hidden costs.

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee* case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

Can I claim on behalf of someone else?

Yes, if you are a parent, guardian or close family member you can claim on behalf of someone else.

They must be either under 18 years old, or considered a 'protected party' who is mentally incapable of making their own decision. More about making a claim

What percentage do solicitors take out of my compensation?

Our solicitors may take up to 25% of any compensation they win for you.

However, they will discuss the exact percentage that will be deducted prior to any work happening.

At this stage you are under no obligation to choose a First4Lawyers solicitor.  More about making a claim


What is an industrial disease?

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