Asbestos poisoning has many harmful effects including mesothelioma, pleural plaques, pleural thickening, asbestosis and lung cancer. If you are suffering from any of these asbestos diseases and are likely to have been exposed to asbestos fibres in the past, perhaps due to the nature of your job, then you may be eligible to make an accident claim for compensation.
Asbestos was commonly used in many manufacturing industries including building, motoring and appliances for insulation. Many workers were exposed to asbestos fibres in the past but it was then discovered that the exposure caused cancer in the lungs. There are still people being affected by the disease today as the cancer has been known to take up to 40 years to develop.
If asbestos has been the cause of your illness then it’s your right to receive compensation from whoever is responsible for that exposure. In most cases, it is an employer who is responsible. In many cases the employer may no longer exist, however the insurance firm may still do and therefore a claim for compensation is still possible.
In a landmark 2012 case £600 million of compensation was paid out to 6,000 families who had been affected by asbestos poisoning. In these cases the insurance company which had insured the now non-existent firms were liable for the claim for compensation.
Whether you have been diagnosed yourself or you are enquiring on behalf of a family member our specialist claims solicitors can provide you with the appropriate guidance and advice to make a successful compensation claim.