Asbestosis

If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis after being exposed to asbestos in the workplace, then you may be able to claim compensation.

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What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis causes serious inflammation and scarring of the lungs, usually after prolonged exposure to asbestos.

According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there were 517 asbestosis deaths in 2017 – the most recent statistics available – due to past exposure.

It is a serious, long-term condition, particularly suffered in the building industry and by shipyard workers. When asbestos is broken up, cut and drilled into, it releases harmful particles. If these particles are inhaled they cause damage to the lungs, causing a lot of pain and discomfort.

Symptoms include progressive shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent cough and fatigue. In severe cases asbestosis can be fatal, yet symptoms can take years to appear.

Am I entitled to asbestosis compensation?

If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, you may have a claim against your employer, or their insurer if they are no longer trading. You may also be able to claim on behalf of a loved one who has died if you are their spouse, child or were financially dependent on them.

Find out more about making a claim.

Two other forms of compensation are:

See also: asbestos-related illnesses

How can First4Lawyers help?

We take the stress out of the money side of things by managing any potential claims on your behalf.

Our advisors have many years of experience. They are a friendly bunch and will listen to your situation, before explaining your options and putting you in touch with an asbestosis solicitor.

Our No Win No Fee service (conditional fee agreement) means there are no upfront costs and you are under no obligation to proceed unless you are happy to do so.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25%* of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award-winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

*Excluding Road Traffic Accident related claims where the accident happened on or after 31st May 2021. Here customers you will typically pay 30% + VAT due to changes introduced through Civil Liability Act 2018.

How much compensation will I receive for an asbestosis claim?

The settlement amount for an asbestosis claim depends on several factors. Reduced lung function and the extent of respiratory disability is taken into account, along with the impact on your mobility and quality of life expected. 

Judicial College Guidelines recommend general damages starting at £13,230, with upper levels of around £92,820. This is just a guide though, so contact us to discuss your individual case.

I think I have an asbestosis compensation claim – what do I do next?

If you think you have a claim and would like to explore further, just get in touch. Give us a call, request a call back at a convenient time or start your claim online.

We’ll go through your case and your options with you so you know what the best course of action for you is. You are under no obligation to proceed and there is no charge for the initial consultation.

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