Asbestosis Compensation After Death

Asbestosis Compensation After Death
LLB (Hons) & LPC Annabel Chadwick
Written by: Alice Williams Legally reviewed by: LLB (Hons) & LPC Annabel Chadwick Updated: In: Industrial Disease

Can I make an Asbestosis Compensation Claim after the Death of a Loved One?

The health problems that come with having worked with asbestos are often devastating and in worst cases they can lead to death. If your loved one passed away from asbestosis our specialist solicitors can help you with your asbestosis compensation after death claim.

Our expert industrial disease solicitors can construct a solid case and help you win the compensation that you really deserve for your loss.

What is Asbestosis?

Asbestosis is a very serious lung condition that is caused by extended exposure to asbestos fibres. Asbestos is a material that was originally used in buildings for insulation, flooring and roofing.

If it is left untouched, then it is not necessarily dangerous. However, if the material is destroyed then it can create a fine dust. If this dust is breathed in, it can cause serious damage to the lungs that can worsen over time.

If you have worked in a job that has involved disturbing asbestos material over a prolonged period of time, then you will likely have a greater chance of developing asbestosis.

If you worked in an industry such as building or construction, particularly in the 1970s-90s, then you might be more at risk of developing asbestosis or other asbestos-related health conditions. Contact us if you think that your employer may have exposed you to dangerous conditions that have resulted in you developing an asbestos-related disease.

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We can help you claim compensation if a loved one has passed away from asbestosis. Contact us today to find out if you’re entitled to compensation.

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What are the Symptoms of Asbestosis?

Breathing in asbestos fibres over many years can eventually lead to serious scarring of the lungs. Symptoms of this can include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • A pain in your chest or shoulder
  • Swollen fingers
  • Wheezing
  • A persistent cough
  • Extreme tiredness (fatigue)

If your GP suspects that you may have developed asbestosis, they will refer you to a specialist and you may have the following tests:

  • A CT scan of your lungs
  • A lung function test to check the capacity and correct functioning of your lungs
  • A chest X-Ray

There is no cure for asbestosis once it has developed because the damage that has been done to the lungs is irreversible. However, there are some treatments that are known to help the condition.

These are:

  • Oxygen therapy, where you can breathe in oxygen-rich air from a tank
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation, a programme that is designed to teach your exercises and ways in which you can manage your condition

Sadly, asbestosis can often lead to the complications of lung cancer, mesothelioma, and pulmonary heart disease. All of these complications can lead to eventual death due to asbestos.

Can I Claim Asbestosis Compensation after Death of a Loved One?

Claiming asbestosis compensation is an emotionally difficult process if it is for yourself, but it is also very hard when you’re filing a claim in the aftermath of a death.

The process for claiming for asbestos-related wrongful death is often complicated because it is harder to gather evidence. Pinpointing when and where exposure occurred is often crucial to the case, and this is harder without the individual to question. However, it is not impossible with the help of specialist and experienced industrial disease solicitors.

What are the Time Limits for Claiming Compensation after Death of a Loved One?

There are two relevant time limits.

A living asbestos victim has three years from the date of diagnosis to make a claim. Then, provided that the asbestos victim was still within that three-year time limit when they died, there is then a further three years from the date of the death that a loved one can make a claim in their name.

If you think that you may be within these time periods and would like to make a claim, get in touch with us.

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Talk to us About Claiming Asbestosis Compensation after Death

We understand that you will have a lot of emotional turmoil after the death of someone in your family, especially if you have found out that it was because of a disease that could have been avoided.

Our specialist industrial disease solicitors have a great deal of experience with cases like these and can help you successfully present your case with the least stress possible.

Get in touch today to find out how we can help you with your asbestosis after death claim. 

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