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Asbestos compensation. Who can make a claim?

Several serious diseases are caused by exposure to asbestos at work. If your employer failed to protect you and you are now ill, you may be due a payout.

If you are suffering from work related lung cancer, mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening and pleural plaques call 0800 633 5730 for legal advice.

Exposure to asbestos fibres and dust was only recognised as an occupational health hazard in the early 1990s, prior to this time little was known about the dangers of asbestos exposure.

The connection between exposure and the potentially life threatening illnesses it can causes is now well known, and over the last 25 years many successful claims have been made against employers by workers and their families.

Asbestosis related claims

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Asbestos related disease takes a long time to develop, and by the time symptoms become apparent sufferers often find out their condition is terminal. For those workers whose illness has resulted in a premature death, a claim for compensation can be made by closely related family members.

Asbestos related illnesses are not always limited to workers in direct contact with the fibres and dust. There have been many cases where family members have also become ill.

Claim case example:

One such case was that of the wife of an electrician who became ill and died after exposure to asbestos dust and fibres at work.

Within 6 months of his death his wife also began to suffer the same symptoms. She was diagnosed as suffering from asbestos related cancer and was given between 6 and 12 months to live. An immediate claim for compensation was made. Investigation showed that years of washing her husband’s works overalls by hand, had exposed her to the same deadly fibres and dust as her husband.

A compensation settle was reached and a payout of £705,000 was agreed.

Making a claim against your employer.

Employers have a duty of care to their workers, this includes:

  • Providing regular health and safety training.
  • Providing safety equipment such as breathing apparatus and protective clothing.
  •  Warning employees of the risk of working with hazardous materials.

If your employer has failed to protect you, then they are in breach of Health and Safety regulations. If you have been harmed by this failure then you are entitled to compensation.

No worker wants to suffer from a life threatening disease, a long life is preferable to becoming ill and making a compensation claim. However workers and their families have a right to compensation if their empoyer has been negligent.

If you or a family member has been exposed to asbestos fibres or dust and have been diagnosed with an illness, a call a solicitor at Imperium Law can get you the compensation you and your family deserve.

For no-obligation legal advice call 0800 633 5730, alternatively fill in our contact form and we’ll call you back at a time that suits you.