How to Make and Asbestos Compensation Claim

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, such as asbestosis, pleural thickening, lung cancer or mesothelioma, you are likely to be entitled to compensation or financial assistance.

Mesothelioma claims together with claims for asbestosis and other diseases resulting from exposure to asbestos have the aim of securing financial compensation or assistance. Depending on the individual circumstances, claims may be made through the courts, through government compensation schemes or via the benefits system.

Our Asbestos claims solicitors will guide you through the relevant channels according to your particular situation, ensuring that you are adequately compensated.

Asbestos Exposure

Asbestos was in widespread use around the UK between the 1930s and 1970s. It was commonly used in corrugated roofing, ceiling tiles, partitions and as insulation around boilers and pipework. Some of it was more hazardous than other types, but all asbestos fibres are considered dangerous.

If you previously worked with asbestos, or were exposed to asbestos whilst others were handling it nearby, there is every chance you will be successful in claiming compensation if you have gone on to develop an asbestos related illness. Our Asbestos litigation solicitors are experts in investigating work histories and finding out precisely when and where the exposure took place. These specialists are also able to pursue compensation for people who were exposed to asbestos dust close to where they lived or played sport.

Civil Claims and Government Compensation Schemes

Often, those affected by exposure to asbestos whilst at work decide to pursue civil claims against their previous employers. In these cases, the compensation is paid by the employers’ insurers.

It is commonly assumed that if the employer’s business is no longer trading, a claim will not be possible. This is not the case however, as a good asbestos claims solicitor will be able to trace the company’s former insurance provider.

Failing that, there are government compensation schemes under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Worker’s Compensation) Act 1979 and the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme that can be used to pursue compensation.

Prescribed Diseases and Industrial Injuries Benefits

Where sufferers of asbestos related diseases have one of the conditions known as a ‘prescribed disease’, they can usually apply for industrial injuries benefits from the government. Prescribed diseases for the purpose of asbestos related diseases are:

  • Asbestosis
  • Mesothelioma
  • Lung cancer with asbestosis
  • Lung cancer without asbestosis but where extensive occupational exposure to asbestosis has occurred in specified occupations
  • Diffuse pleural thickening

Asbestos Claims Funding

There are various ways to fund an asbestos claim. Most asbestos claims solicitors offer a no win-no fee arrangement. Other funding options will be explained to you when you have your first conversation with the solicitor so that you can choose the one that best suits you.

How to Make an Asbestos Compensation Claim?

If you believe you could be entitled to compensation for an asbestos related disease, or you have recently lost a loved one to mesothelioma, asbestosis or any of the prescribed diseases listed above, you need to act quickly in seeking legal advice, because strict time limits apply in making a claim. 

There is a three year time limit which starts from the date of diagnosis rather than the date of the exposure, although there are some exceptions in certain cases.

Seth Lovis & Co. is a city based law firm and regarded as leading firm by the Legal 500, 2017 edition. We have a proven track record of winning asbestos related claims including mesothelioma claims and asbestosis claims. You can discuss your situation with the utmost reassurance that it will be dealt with as a priority and by helpful experts who are dedicated to securing the highest possible level of compensation on your behalf. To talk to a member of the team simply call us on 020 3411 6907 or email

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