Trustpilot

Asbestosis claims

If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis after being exposed to asbestos in the workplace, then you may be able to claim compensation.

Start a claim

Not sure what you need?

Request a callback at a time that is convenient to you, or call us 24/7 on 08005677866

What is asbestosis?

Asbestosis causes serious inflammation and scarring of the lungs, usually after prolonged exposure to asbestos. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) , there were 1,050 new cases of asbestosis identified in 2016.

Asbestosis is a serious, long-term condition, particularly suffered in the building industry and by shipyard workers.  When asbestos is broken up, cut and drilled into, it releases harmful particles.  If these particles are inhaled they cause damage to the lungs, causing a lot of pain and discomfort.

Symptoms include progressive shortness of breath, chest pain, persistent cough and fatigue.  In severe cases asbestosis can be fatal, yet symptoms can take years to appear.

Am I entitled to asbestosis compensation?

If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis, you may have a claim against your employer, or their insurer if they are no longer trading.  You may also be able to claim on behalf of a loved one who has died if you are their spouse, child or were financially dependent on them. More about making a claim

Two other forms of compensation are:

See also:  asbestos-related illnesses

How the claim process works

Get in touch

You can contact us 24/7 online or by phone, or use our callback form to request a callback at a time convenient to you

Discuss your situation

One of our friendly, legally trained advisors will get in touch with you. They will assess whether you have a claim and match you with the right solicitor for the case

Manage your claim

Our specialist No Win No Fee solicitors will then manage the entire claim from start to finish, helping you get the justice and compensation you deserve

How can First4Lawyers help?

We take the stress out of the money side of things by managing any potential claims on your behalf.

Our advisors have many years of experience. They are a friendly bunch and will listen to your situation, before explaining your options and putting you in touch with an asbestosis solicitor.

Our No Win No Fee services (conditional fee agreement) means there are no upfront costs and you are under no obligation to proceed unless you are happy to do so.

How much compensation will I receive for an asbestosis claim?

The settlement amount for an asbestosis claim depends on several factors.  Reduced lung function and the extent of respiratory disability is taken into account, along with the impact on your mobility and quality of life expected. 

Judicial College Guidelines recommend general damages starting at £13,230, with upper levels of around £92,820.  This is just a guide though, so contact us to discuss your individual case.

Is there a time limit for making an asbestosis claim?

Asbestosis claims should be started within three years of the ‘date of knowledge’.  This is usually the date when the illness was diagnosed by a medical expert. If you’re claiming for a loved one who has died, then you have three years from the date of death. 

The time limit starts on the ‘date of knowledge’, rather than the date(s) of exposure to asbestos.  For this reason, and the fact that symptoms can take years to emerge, it is possible to make claims dating back decades

I think I have an asbestosis compensation claim, what do I do next?

If you think you have a claim and would like to explore further, get in contact with us through our online claim form or give us a call on the number at the top of the screen.  If you’d like us to call you, just choose a time convenient for you and we’ll do the rest.

We’ll go through your case and your options with you, and let you know about our No Win No Fee services.  You are under no obligation to proceed and there is no charge for the initial consultation.

Get in touch today - we can help with your claim 08005677866

Frequently asked questions

I'm nervous about claiming against my employer. Should I be worried?

It’s understandable that you might feel anxious about bringing a claim against your employer.

Many people are concerned that their employer will be so aggrieved about their decision to make a claim due to an accident at work that they will terminate their employment.

However, taking this sort of action against any employee making a claim is actually illegal and you may have reasonable grounds to start unfair dismissal proceedings against them.

Should you fall victim to an accident at work, you shouldn’t have to worry about what your employer would think about you making a claim.

It’s their responsibility to ensure that your workplace is a safe, clean environment that is free from hazards which could harm your health and well-being.

With one of our solicitors by your side, making a claim against your employer won’t be a problem and you can be rest assured that your case is in the best possible hands.

Our solicitors understand that many people have these concerns regarding their employers, and will always deal with your case sympathetically.

Does my working environment affect my ability to claim?

The type of environment you work in shouldn’t affect your ability to claim, but it may affect the types of claim that can be brought forward.

For instance, certain circumstances causing injury may not be avoidable as part of the role, meaning your employers may not be liable.

It’s essential that you seek expert legal guidance before starting a claim, or you could end up out of pocket.

Our expert injury solicitors understand the law, and can find out if you have a basis for a claim – no matter what workplace you work in.

What if I'm self employed? Can I still claim?

It depends.  In many industries, workers will be technically self-employed, while working under the umbrella of another company. In these circumstances they are likely to have a duty of care to you.  This includes construction workers, electricians, plumbers, contractors etc.

It’s not always obvious who can claim (and who you can claim against), but our legal advisors will give you free legal advice about it.  Just get in touch.

What other expenses can I claim for?

You can claim for all out of pocket expenses associated with your injury, such as; lost income, medical bills, prescriptions and travel to and from medical appointments. In addition you can claim for adaptations you needed to make to your home.

Is there a time limit for an industrial disease claim?

Although personal injury claims should usually be made within three years, industrial disease is different.

Symptoms can take months or years to emerge, so generally the time limit starts from the date of knowledge, such as when you receive a diagnosis.

Cases vary greatly, depending on the illness and the circumstances, so please get in touch with us and we can tailor the advice to your specific circumstances.

Can I call you for free advice?

Yes, our team of friendly experts are more than happy to help, and will answer any questions you have regarding a claim, even if you’re unsure whether you’re eligible.

Contact us for a free and confidential discussion.

How long will a claim take?

The length of time it will take to make your claim depends on your individual circumstances.

Every case is different, so it’s very difficult to say at the early stages how long the process will be from start to finish.

Once your solicitor has completed their initial investigations into your case, they will be in a better position to advise you on how long the process is likely to take.

To give you a very general idea:

  • For a personal injury claim like minor whiplash, for example, the process could be completed in about six months.
    But in more complex cases, such as claims involving a trip, slip or fall, it could take over a year to be settled.
    The process could also be longer if the defendant disputes your claim. 

  • Claiming for a work accident could be between six and nine months. But if the injury is more severe, or there are legal complexities, it could take longer.

  • Medical negligence cases tend to take longer as they can be complex with multiple factors and evidence.  A rough estimate would be 18-26 months.

Or you could contact one of our advisors to discuss your situation.

More about making a claim

Can I make a claim online?

Yes, you can either start your claim online, or by calling us using the number at the top of the screen.

If you want to start your claim now, simply enter a few details into our online claim form, and one of our legal advisors will call you back to discuss your claim in more detail.

When completing the form, you’ll need to describe the type of accident you’ve been involved in, for example: road traffic accident, slip, trip or fall, medical negligence etc. (you can select the appropriate option from a drop down menu).

You should also write a brief description of your accident, including details on what happened and when, if you were injured in the accident and what your injuries were. This helps us to understand the nature of your accident, so that one of our experts will be able to advise you on your next steps.

We’ll also need a few contact details, including your full name, telephone number as well as an alternative telephone number (in case we’re unable to reach you). You can also include your email address, if you’d prefer us to email you with further details.

Let us know what time it’s best for us to call you back - we understand that it’s not always convenient for you to talk, so we'll call at that pre-arranged time, when you'll be expecting us.

Making a claim online will help to save you time and will ensure that you receive a phone call back from us as soon as possible. During the call, we will ask you a few questions about your accident and advise you if you’re eligible to make a claim, and if so, what you can do next.

Start your claim online now

How do I know whether I have a claim?

That's what we're here for! 

If you’ve had an accident and you’re not sure if you’re eligible to claim, then call us through the number at the top of the screen and speak to one of our specialist advisors.

We will give you free advice regarding your case and advise you on the potential of your claim, without obligation.

We believe in working honestly and with integrity – we don’t believe in raising expectations and we don’t encourage false claims.

To be eligible to make a compensation claim, there are three key conditions that your case will need to meet:

  • Your accident must have taken place during the last three years. Please note: different rules apply to industrial disease, medical negligence and criminal injury claims, or if you were under 18 when the accident happened.  We will advise accordingly in each of these cases.
  • There must be a person or organisation who is at fault for your accident.
  • Your injuries will have required medical treatment.

If you have any questions, or are unsure if your case meets these requirements, give us a call or complete our online claim form and we'll be in touch shortly.

Will I have to attend a medical?

Yes, you’ll need to have a medical examination to make a personal injury claim.

It's to provide proof that your injury was caused by the accident and to allow your solicitors to value your claim.

Are there any catches to No Win No Fee?

No, there are no 'catches'.  Although there are some exceptions in Scotland and Northern Ireland, No Win No Fee does what it says on the tin: if you don’t win, you don’t pay the solicitor's legal fees.

When discussing your claim, our advisors will be able to assess whether these exceptions apply to you. We’ll always be transparent, so you can be confident that we won’t land you with any hidden costs.

How likely am I to win a No Win No Fee case?

It depends on the individual circumstances around your claim.

Our legal advisors, who are trained to the highest standard, will discuss the details of your case with you and assess how likely is it to succeed.

This is always discussed with you in your initial phone call so that your time is not wasted and you know where you stand straight away.

Can I claim on behalf of someone else?

Yes, if you are a parent, guardian or close family member you can claim on behalf of someone else.

They must be either under 18 years old, or considered a 'protected party' who is mentally incapable of making their own decision. More about making a claim

What percentage do solicitors take out of my compensation?

Our solicitors may take up to 25% of any compensation they win for you.

However, they will discuss the exact percentage that will be deducted prior to any work happening.

At this stage you are under no obligation to choose a First4Lawyers solicitor.  More about making a claim

Who pays the other side's costs?

As part of a conditional - No Win No Fee arrangement, any costs are covered by either arranging an insurance policy, or by using any existing legal expenses cover you may have.

The solicitor will discuss any need for, and the suitability of, any insurance with you.  

Video

What is an industrial disease?

If your workplace has caused you to be ill, you may have an industrial disease claim. (Duration - 2:08)

Start a claim enquiry

Customers rate us 'excellent'

We have a five star score from thousands of reviews on Trustpilot

Read reviews

Award-winning care

Five time award winners for personal injury services

About our awards

Get in touch today - we can help with your claim 08005677866