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Here are some of our Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have a claim?
We endeavour to make the claim process as simple as possible. To assess whether you have a claim all we need is a few details from you about your condition and the circumstances of your asbestos exposure. To find out if we can help you, contact us today

Who will be dealing with my claim?
We have a dedicated team of specialist solicitors who handle all our claims. To speak to a member of the team contact us and see how they can help you.

Are there any time limits for making a claim?
Yes. You have a period of 3 years from the date of knowledge in which to issue Court proceedings. In other words, you have 3 years from the day you become aware that you have an asbestos related condition in which to issue your claim at Court.

Claims can also be made after a person has died. In these cases, you have 3 years from the date of death in which to issue Court proceedings.

It is important to act quickly when pursuing a claim as exceeding the time limit can result in your claim being statute barred. To find out more contact us

Will I have to pay to make a claim?
No. Our solicitors work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. If we win, our costs are recovered from the Defendant. If we lose, we do not get paid. At the outset of the case we take out an insurance policy on your behalf to protect you against any costs. You do not have to pay the premium for this. If we win, it is recovered from the Defendant, if we lose, it is waived.

Whether we win or lose, you do not pay any legal fees and you keep 100% of any compensation you are awarded.

How much compensation should I expect to receive?
Every case is different and each is assessed on its individual merits. There are often two heads of claim, general damages covering pain and suffering, and special damages which includes loss of earnings and any care costs.

How long is my claim likely to take?
Every case is different and the length of time needed to bring a claim to a conclusion depends on a number of factors. We aim to settle cases in the shortest time possible and have on a number of occasions completed mesothelioma claims in just 60 days.

Claims for other conditions allow Defendants 3 months to investigate the circumstances, during this time we obtain any witness evidence and medical reports we need, with a view to settling the claim as quickly as possible once the Defendant’s investigation time has elapsed.

Will I have to go to Court?
The vast majority of cases are settled outside of Court and so it is very unlikely that you would have to make a Court appearance.

Can I claim if I develop another asbestos-related condition?
There are two ways of settling a claim, on a provisional basis or on a full and final basis.

If you settle on a provisional basis, the settlement figure will be slightly lower, however, should your condition deteriorate significantly or you develop a further asbestos related condition, you will be able to claim further compensation for this.

If you settle on a full and final basis, you will receive a slightly higher settlement figure, however, you will not be able to claim again should your condition deteriorate or you develop a further asbestos related condition.

Due to the nature of the condition, mesothelioma claims are only ever settled on a full and final basis.

Am I entitled to any government benefits as a result of my condition?
If you were exposed to asbestos whilst in employment in the UK, you may be entitled to Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit or a one off lump sum payment under the Pneumoconiosis Etc (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979.

If you have been exposed to asbestos whilst self-employed, due to environmental factors such as living near an asbestos factory, or through secondary exposure such as from the clothes of a relative, you may be entitled to a payment through the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme.

If you would like further information or assistance completing the relevant forms, please contact us

I do not live in the UK, can I still make a claim?
Yes. If you were employed in the UK we can help you pursue a claim. We have successfully completed claims for clients living all over the world, including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Spain and France.

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