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If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, you should be able to claim compensation. First4Lawyers can handle the legal aspects of an industrial disease mesothelioma compensation claim for you.

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What causes mesothelioma?

In 2015, there were 2,542 mesothelioma deaths in Great Britain. Mesothelioma is a type of cancer usually associated with exposure to asbestos at work.  Most cases develop in the lungs (pleural mesothelioma), due to inhalation of the asbestos fibres, but it can also occur in the abdomen (peritoneal mesothelioma).

The mesothelial cells, which cover the outer layer of most internal organs, mutate and become cancerous. In instances of pleural mesothelioma, there is a chance the cancer can spread to the heart.

Mesothelioma cancer symptoms

Symptoms of this form of asbestos cancer can take 20 to 50 years to develop. Because the condition can take such a long time to appear, it’s possible to claim compensation many years after being exposed to asbestos.

Pleural mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the lungs) symptoms can include:

  • Pain in the side of the chest or lower back
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Trouble swallowing (feeling like food gets stuck)
  • Hoarseness
  • Swelling of the face and arms


Symptoms of peritoneal mesothelioma (mesothelioma of the abdomen) can include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Swelling or fluid in the abdomen
  • Unexpected weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation

Diagnosing mesothelioma involves X-rays and CT scans – although diagnosis can prove difficult as some of the symptoms are similar to many other illnesses.

Who is at risk of mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is usually thought of as a work-related illness, as it has a history of being used in industry.  However, there have been cases where asbestos fibres have been spread to family members, through exposure to the fibres on workers’ clothes.

Asbestos also used to be used as an insulator within buildings, which has meant offices, homes and schools carry a risk of containing it. Asbestos should always be disposed of by specialist firms, because of the high health risks.

Professions at high risk of asbestos exposure include:

  • Building or construction workers
  • Miners
  • Industrial and factory workers
  • Firefighters
  • Power plant workers
  • Ship builders
  • Auto mechanics and car manufacture
  • Textile workers

Why claim industrial disease compensation for mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a debilitating disease and it’s important that you get all the help you deserve, including financial security to improve your quality of life. The claim is made against your employer’s insurers for allowing asbestos exposure during your work. More about making a claim

Taking time off work, or even giving up work altogether, and paying for medical bills and ongoing treatment is a stress you could do without at this time. A mesothelioma compensation settlement can help pay for:

  • Specialist private medical treatment
  • Loss of earnings
  • Expenses (such as travel to hospital)
  • Ongoing care needs
  • Adaptations to the home, or any specialist equipment or aids.

How the claim process works

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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?

Using our specialist solicitors means we can talk you through your options and help you build a case for mesothelioma compensation with an expert in industrial disease law.  Our legally trained advisors will listen to your circumstances, free of charge, then assess whether you are likely to have a claim.

If your condition is a result of industrial illness, we often find the company no longer exists due to the time that’s elapsed.  However, the claim would be made against the insurer, which is something we can also help with.

If you’re happy to proceed, we allocate a specialist industrial illness solicitor to deal with your claim. We offer a No Win No Fee service (also called a conditional fee agreement), so you don't have to pay for anything in advance – and if the claim is not successful, you don't pay!

How much compensation will I receive for a mesothelioma claim?

The average settlement for mesothelioma claims will depend on factors such as pain levels, impairment, function and quality of life. It also depends whether your condition is pleural mesothelioma or peritoneal mesothelioma.

Claims for mesothelioma are usually awarded between £61,410 and £110,380. Make sure to check our Compensation calculator if you’re suffering from a different respiratory disease and you want to see how much you could claim. Better yet, contact us on the number at the top of the page and we’ll talk you through it. 

If an employer’s insurer can’t be traced, there are Government compensation and benefits schemes available, such as the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS).  You can find out more on the National Asbestos Helpline website.

Is there a time limit for making a mesothelioma claim?

Injury and accident victims generally have three years to claim, but because mesothelioma symptoms and diagnosis may take years, it’s possible to make an industrial illness claim many years after being exposed to asbestos.

I think I have a mesothelioma claim, what do I do next?

To find out whether you have a compensation claim, just get in touch for a free initial consultation,  using our online claim form.  Or request a callback at the top of the screen,  we will get in touch at a time to suit you and talk you through your options and our No Win No Fee services

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Frequently asked questions

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.

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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.

Can I be compensated for losses as well as my injury?

Yes, you may be entitled to compensation for losses other than your personal injury.

A personal injury claim is split into two parts: general damages and special damages.

  • General damages are paid for the pain and suffering and emotional distress from your physical injury.
  • Special damages relate to damaged belongings or financial losses resulting from the injury.

 

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.

I've been injured. Can I make a No Win No Fee claim?

Yes, if the accident was not your fault, you may have a No Win No Fee claim.

By discussing your accident with one of our trained legal advisors we can assess whether you have a claim.  We will then be able to find a specialist solicitor to suit your needs.

Get in touch with us to find out more.

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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