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If you have been diagnosed with Mesothelioma within the last three years, our expert solicitors may be able to help you recover compensation that is rightfully yours.
Victims of mesothelioma often have a past working in heavy industries such as railway building and shipbuilding where their exposure to asbestos affected the lining of the lung, or the lining around the heart area.
What is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which is nearly always caused by occupational exposure to asbestos. Mesothelioma is a specific disease caused by asbestos and is a thickening of the lining of the lungs (the pleura). It develops into a tumour in the pleura (the lining of the lungs) and can grow into the stomach.
What Are The Symptoms of Mesothelioma?
Symptoms usually include breathlessness, check and back pain, wheezing and coughing, loss of appetite and weight loss lungs. There is usually a build up of fluid (called a pleural effusion) and this may need to be removed with surgery called pleurodesis.
What Action Should I Take?
If you or someone you know has Mesothelioma, it is important that they seek the immediate assistance of a 1stClaims solicitor so that steps can be taken to quantify the claim or bring the claim to court as soon as possible so that money is made available during the lifetime of the injured party. It is also important to obtain as much information as possible as soon as possible.
Is There A Time Limit For A Mesothelioma Claim?
It is important to be aware that you have 3 years from the date when you are aware of your condition or that it was associated with exposure to asbestos in which to ensure that court proceedings are issued. If the person has unfortunately died, the estate have 3 years from the date of the death in which to ensure that court proceedings are issued.
Who Do I Claim Against?
A claim will need to be pursued against all responsible employers. If you know that an employer is no longer trading, it does not necessarily mean that your claim will not succeed since your 1stClaims expert solicitor may be able to identify the relevant insurance company.
Making A Mesothelioma Claim: The Facts
Mesothelioma can take decades to emerge as a virulent form of cancer, though this is commonly recognised as having been the case in terms of seeking legal compensation.
In order to bring about a successful mesothelioma claim you should be able to provide your solicitor with the following information pertaining to your industrial diseases claim:
- Where and when were you exposed to asbestos?
- Were you responsible for your own safety at work; in other words were you answerable to anyone who should have monitored the exposure time for other individuals?
- Do you have medical records as evidence to prove that your condition has come about as a result of asbestos exposure?
These are important factors be considered in any mesothelioma claim, and claims brought about where there is substantial medical evidence can result in considerable compensation for victims and their families if negligence by any employer under the terms of your employment contract can be proved.
Under government employment law any employer has a duty of care toward its employees and the rules are especially strict when dealing with hazardous substances like asbestos. If your exposure to dust was foreseeable within your employment contract and failure to implement health and safety restrictions are in evidence you will be eligible for a mesothelioma claim. The type of asbestos dust you were exposed to will also affect your case, as it determines whether your condition is likely to worsen over time.
It is important to remember however that a recent change in the law states that no one company should pay compensation to an individual if there is evidence that he or she was exposed to asbestos at other companies also.
This change was brought about so that no one company would have to forfeit liability for another company’s negligence within the same industry, even if the second company is no longer in existence. It is important to take this into account when thinking of making your mesothelioma claim in case your solicitor needs to bring about multiple claims.
Your solicitor will also need to see evidence of loss of earnings that your condition has brought about. This will form the basis of your compensation claims worth. Any outgoings resulting from your condition past or future will be taken into account and will determine how much you can claim.
In order to find a good industrial claims solicitor, you can start your search for an industrial claims specialist on the Internet or contact your local Citizens Advice Bureau who will put you in touch with the nearest industrial disease expert.
1stClaims provide Mesothelioma Legal Information to our clients across the UK.
We will advise you whether you can make a claim, how to make a claim, and will help you along every step of the way. Of course this service will cost you nothing as we will recover the costs of the claim from the party at fault for your suffering.
Let Us Help You With Your Mesothelioma Claim
At 1stClaims , we want to make sure that you are happy with the solicitor we choose for you, which is why we are so careful to ensure we choose only experts.
If you would like 1stClaims expert Industrial Disease Solicitors on your side please call us free on 0800 2888 693 or complete our Free Claim Enquiry form now and we will be in touch with you very soon.
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What Happens Next?
Complete a Quick Claim Enquiry and this is what you will benefit from:
- Advice on whether you can make a claim and how the claims process works from a specialist claims solicitor;
- Compensation - what can you claim for and how much are you likely to receive;
- Costs - whether you will qualify for a no win no fee claim or details of other methods for funding your claim; and
- An explanation of what will happen next if you decide to carry on and make a claim (how your solicitor will take care of everything for you).
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