Mesothelioma Compensation Claims
Mesothelioma Compensation Claims
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer, which develops in the mesothelium, a protective lining surrounding the human body’s internal organs. It commonly affects the pleural (the outer lining of the lungs and chest cavity), but it may also occur in the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) or the pericardium (a sac that surrounds the heart). At present, there is no known cure for mesothelioma and sufferers often die within months of diagnosis.
Generally, people who develop the disease have worked in jobs where they inhaled asbestos particles that pierce their mesothelial lining. However, exposure can occur in other ways also such as by washing the clothes of a family member who worked with asbestos, living near a factory utilizing asbestos or a contaminated site, or during renovation work where asbestos is present.
Some of the most common symptoms for mesothelioma are:
- Loss of Appetite
- Ache in the Chest
- Fever and Sweating
- Respiratory Difficulties
- Unpredicted Weight Loss
- Discomfort in the Abdomen
- Deterioration of Muscle Strength
- Short Breath (commonly known as dyspnea)
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Why Should I Make Mesothelioma Compensation Claims?
If you’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it’s probable that you’re by now at your late stage. Because the damage can take years to show up, if you have symptoms that are showing, your disease is likely to be quite far advanced. In such a case, the compensation you receive is intended to help you with everyday tasks because of breathlessness. However, that’s not all. If your household depends on your income, and it’s no longer coming in to the family, then this needs to be reflected too. In circumstances like this, mesothelioma compensation is designed to cover medical expenses, bills, food, council tax and the like, until you get your life back to normal.
In addition, mesothelioma claim for compensation is not just about the money. For many, it is an acknowledgement of what you went through, an admittance of responsibility, and this can lead to modifications in procedure that could help avoid the same mistake happening to some other employee in the future.
If you’re not sure about whether you can claim, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to have a no obligation chat with one of our legally trained industrial disease solicitors, who will be able to help you and guide you with your claim.
When Can I Make A Compensation Claim For Mesothelioma?
It can be devastating to learn that you or a loved one is diagnosed with mesothelioma, particularly when it is the fault of perilous working environments and under such circumstances, you may be entitled to make a mesothelioma claim and be eligible for compensation. As the disease takes around 30-50 years to rear its ugly head. It might be quite possible that you may no longer work for the employer who may have exposed you to asbestos fibres or they may have gone out of business, however, mesothelioma claims can still be made against those not trading and who do not presently employ you, even if this has been the situation for many years.
As the reason of mesothelioma is known to be asbestos, the illness is categorized as an industrial disease. This means that individuals who have mesothelioma is eligible for a compensation claim because the only means he/she is likely to be exposed to asbestos, is to be occupied with it. So, if your employer did not warn you about the risks or offer you with the correct protection apparatus and training for working with asbestos, they were unsuccessful in their duty to keep you safe. When this happens you are entitled to make a mesothelioma claim for industrial disease compensation.
At Turner White Solicitors, our well-experienced mesothelioma solicitors will help you to establish whether you have a valid case for compensation, and will support you throughout your claim while securing the maximum amount of compensation in the shortest amount of time to prevent the process from becoming stressful. Call us on 01772 25 22 22 or request a call back and our expert solicitors will give you free consultation regarding your compensation claim.
How Much Compensation Can I Receive For A Mesothelioma Claim?
The amount of mesothelioma compensation awarded in mesothelioma claims depends on a number of different aspects. These aspects can include the severity of the injury caused, your income, the effect the damage has had on your life outside work, and whether the industrial disease needed further treatment and care.
You can find out how much claim you’re entitled to by getting in touch with one of our leading solicitors today on Freephone 01772 25 22 22 or contact us online and we’ll be happy to help you. We will be able to give you an indication of the potential value of your claim. However, if you want to get an estimated settlement figure before you contact us, you can always use our interactive compensation calculator to find out how much compensation you might be entitled to.
Is There A Time Limit For Mesothelioma Compensation Claims?
Yes. In the UK, the standard time limit within which an industrial disease claim can be filed is 3 years. If legal proceedings are not started within 3 years, the case is considered time barred and you are no longer entitled to claim for compensation. The 3-year deadline starts either from the date that the accident happened or from the date when it was established that your disease was directly/indirectly linked to the your present or past work environment, which is also known as ‘date of knowledge’.
Moreover, the 3 years’ time limit typically start to run from the date of diagnosis, but it may be earlier than this if you have already acknowledged a connection between your symptoms and its causes. If somebody has died because of mesothelioma, the 3 years typically runs from the date of death.
In any kind of industrial disease circumstances, it is advisable to seek legal advice as soon as possible. This is because the details are more likely to be fresh in your mind, so it will be easier to recall. In addition, the paperwork you’ve had that related to your industrial disease will be close to hand.
For a free consultation about an occupational mesothelioma claim for compensation, call our No Win No Fee industrial disease solicitors on Freephone 01772 25 22 22 or start your claim online and we will call you.
When you contact us, you don't have to start your mesothelioma claim for compensation process immediately. Therefore, if you're unsure whether you're ready to step on the first stages of your compensation claim, or whether your disease was caused because of someone else's fault, Turner White Solicitors can provide you the necessary guidance and suggestion you need to establish your claim and know that we will not force you to start a claim.