Posted On / 20.07.2015

Claims for Illness Caused by Exposure to Asbestos

Asbestos is often known as ‘the hidden killer’ because many people do not know that they are working or living with it.  

It is the UK’s single greatest cause of work-related deaths and kills about 5,000 workers each year, according to the Health and Safety Executive.  

Asbestos was used very extensively as a building material from the 1950s through to the mid-1980s. Initially, it was very popular with construction firms because of its high resistance to heat. Since the 1960s it has been widely known within the construction industry that exposure to asbestos was hazardous to health.  

The victims of such exposure can usually take legal action against those who exposed them to dangerous amounts of asbestos. At Battens we are experienced in successfully pursuing such claims.  

People suffering from asbestos induced illness often do not fall ill until 15 to 60 years after they have been exposed to asbestos.  

Often the companies that employed victims are no longer trading, or the buildings in which the exposure occurred have been demolished. However, contrary to popular belief, a claim against such a company can be made. The claim will be dealt with by the insurer of the company, not the company itself.  

As specialist lawyers who deal with claims for workplace disease, we are experienced in tracing the insurers of dissolved companies and obtaining compensation from them even in circumstances where the company itself is no longer trading or is insolvent.  

If you are suffering from an asbestos related illness and you would like to speak to one of our specialist lawyers to investigate the potential for a claim, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

There will be no charge to you for discussing this with us. In most cases, we are able to offer 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 many lawyers, we do not make any deduction from our client’s compensation for our own fees either.  

Please call us on 0800 6528411 or email to see how we can help.  Visit our Personal Injury page here.