Posted On / 24.07.2017

Asbestos Related Illness Claims - A Brief Guide

If you, or a family member have been informed that you are suffering symptoms caused by exposure to asbestos you may be entitled to make a claim for compensation. Michelle Green from our Personal Injury team explains how and why.

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibre which is mined from the ground. It occurs in three forms commonly known as blue, brown and white asbestos.  

Asbestos was used very extensively as a building material from the 1950’s through to the mid 1980s. Asbestos was initially a very popular material because it has a very high resistance to heat.  

Asbestos fibres are dangerous when inhaled which makes damaged asbestos materials dangerous. Asbestos can cause a number of diseases including certain types of cancer.  

People suffering from asbestos induced illness often do not fall ill for 15 to 60 years after they have been exposed to asbestos. People who are suffering from asbestos-induced illness can usually take legal action against those who exposed them to dangerous amounts of asbestos.  

Even if the companies who have exposed you to asbestos are no longer trading it may be possible to trace their insurer in order for a successful compensation claim to be made.  

There is a time limit for bringing claims for asbestos related illness, typically this is three years from the date when you were advised by a medical professional that you are suffering from an asbestos related illness and that you identify who was responsible for your exposure to asbestos.  

If you are suffering from an asbestos related illness and you would like to speak to one of our specialist lawyers to investigate the possibility of making a claim please do not hesitate to call us on 0800 6528411 or visit www.battens.co.uk/for-individuals/workplace-disease for additional information. There will be no charge to you for discussing this with us. In most cases we are able to offer clients a ‘no-win, no-fee’ agreement. This means that if our client wins they can claim our legal fees from the insurer of the company or individual responsible for their injuries.

If the claim is not successful we do not charge you for our legal fees. Unlike most lawyers we do not make a deduction from our client’s compensation for our own fees.