Asbestos compensation claims

We can help you claim compensation if you have developed an illness following exposure to asbestos at work. Our expert asbestos solicitors based in Manchester have years of experience helping people claim compensation after suffering from asbestos-related conditions, and can do the same for you too.

We understand how suffering from an asbestos-related illness can affect your life, which is why we want to help you get compensated, so you can focus on healing.

Our careful and compassionate approach allows us to build supportive relationships with all of our clients, so we’re do so much more than just offering legal advice.

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Supporting you with your asbestos compensation claim

Asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma and pleural thickening can affect anyone who has been exposed to asbestos dust in the past. However, illness caused by asbestos often take years, possibly even decades to develop.

We understand that suffering from an asbestos-related disease can have a devastating impact on your life, which is why we want to help you.

We are here to help if you have been exposed to asbestos at work, as we know that many diseases caused by inhaling asbestos dust can be very serious and make you seriously ill.

We also understand that suffering from an asbestos-related disease is very emotionally taxing for you and your family, which is why we offer all our legal services in an empathetic manner, putting your needs first.

We go above and beyond just acting as your solicitor because we want to help improve your life as a whole.

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Who we can help

In their years of experience, our industrial disease solicitors have worked with people such as:

  • Workers exposed to asbestos dust, including individuals employed in demolition and insulation
  • Wives and children of workers who have developed asbestosis by breathing in the dust from dirty work clothing
  • People who have developed an asbestos related disease by living close to factories where the minerals were present
  • Family members who have lost a loved one to an asbestos-related disease

If one of the above situations applies to you, we can help you to pursue a claim against the whoever is responsible.

Even if the organisation you worked for is no longer in business, we will be able to contact their insurance provider so that you receive the justice and compensation you deserve for your suffering.

Inhaling asbestos fibres is likely to cause a variety of debilitating illnesses and diseases, however, even a single fibre is enough to cause a life-threatening condition.

You shouldn’t have to suffer because of someone else’s errors – you deserve to be compensated for your suffering. Asbestos disease claims can help people get back on their feet following diagnosis or the death of a loved one.

Our team understand how serious asbestos-related conditions can be, which is why we want to help you move forward with your life. Ultimately, we want to help you focus on healing.

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Diseases exposure to asbestos can cause:

Asbestosis

Asbestosis is a breathing condition which is caused by exposure to and inhalation of asbestos. It can develop years after you were exposed to asbestos fibres.

There are several symptoms associated with asbestosis, including shortness of breath, high blood pressure and weight loss. The condition can be serious, so it’s important to see a doctor as soon as you notice the symptoms.

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Mesothelioma

Mesothelioma is a painful and debilitating condition caused by exposure to asbestos.

Mesothelioma is a tumour of the abdominal cavity lining or in the lining of the lung.

Time from exposure to first presentation of symptoms can reach 20 years however upon diagnosis life expectancy is very short and can range from one to three years.

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Lung cancer

Lung cancer can be caused by exposure to asbestos with symptoms usually presenting around 10 years later.

The condition is indistinguishable to that caused by smoking, however smoking in addition to exposure increases the chances of developing the disease.

If you have been diagnosed with lung cancer and think that exposure to asbestos has caused it, we understand how devastated and angry you must feel.

Unfortunately, we can’t take away your condition or change the past. However, what we can do is help you claim compensation so that you can focus on healing and hopefully making a full recovery, stress-free.

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Pleural plaques

Pleural plaques does not usually cause any symptoms and is a thickening of the lining in certain parts of the lung.

People with the disease are no longer able to claim compensation in England, but it can heighten the risk of developing other conditions such as mesothelioma so it is worth being aware of.

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Pleural thickening

Pleural thickening is a condition where both the inner and outer layers of the lung lining become thickened. Exposure to asbestos can cause this illness.

With pleural thickening, your lungs’ ability to expand decreases which causes breathlessness. 

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Industrial disease specialists

We can help you

We know that suffering from any of these illnesses can be painful and serious, and it’s not right that you should suffer because of your employer’s negligence.

We are here to help you receive compensation for pain, suffering and financial losses you have experienced as a result of asbestos exposure.

If you were exposed to asbestos at work then our industrial disease team can help you claim against your employer for putting you in danger.

We help people with asbestos compensation claims whether they still work for the employer or not, so you could file a claim for past exposure which has led to your ill health.

If you have some unanswered questions or feel like you need further information, call us on 0844 414 0667 or request a call back for a time suited to you.

Our main aim is to help you through this difficult time and get your life back on track. Whatever asbestos-related condition you have, we want to help.

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FAQ

  • What makes asbestos dangerous?

    It is the fibres that make up asbestos that are dangerous. When materials that are made up of asbestos are disturbed or damaged, these fibres get released into the air.

    The asbestos fibres are so small that they can be inhaled without you noticing, and will lodge themselves into your lungs. This can cause serious diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural thickening and lung cancer to develop over time.

  • Can asbestos kill you?

    Asbestos can technically kill you, yes. However, it can only do so when asbestos is disturbed or damaged, fibres are released and you breathe them in that asbestos becomes a fatal substance.

    It is therefore not the asbestos itself that can kill you, but the damage that its fibres do to your body. For example, by inhaling asbestos fibres you could develop mesothelioma, a rare yet fatal form of cancer.

  • How much asbestos is dangerous?

    You do not always have to be exposed to a large quantity of asbestos to be in danger of developing an asbestos related disease like asbestosis or mesothelioma.

    Even inhaling just one asbestos fibre is dangerous, but of course the more asbestos fibres you are exposed to, the more danger you are in.

  • Does asbestos cause cancer?

    Yes, asbestos can cause cancer to develop in the years following exposure. The main two cancers that people who have inhaled asbestos fibres are at risk of developing are lung cancer and mesothelioma.

    Unfortunately, by the time asbestos-related cancer is diagnosed it is often too late to treat. That's why it's important to have regular check ups with a medical professional if you think or know you have been exposed to asbestos in the past.

  • How long does it take for asbestos to affect you?

    It can take anywhere from a couple of years to decades for asbestos to affect you, depending on how much you were exposed to and how it has affected you.

    For example, mesothelioma can take around twenty years to present symptoms, but could potentially develop sooner if you were exposed for a long period of time, or to more asbestos, in the past.

  • What are the symptoms of asbestos exposure?

    The symptoms of asbestos exposure will vary person to person, and will often depend on what asbestos related disease you have. However, there are some general symptoms that you should watch out for, and seek medical attention as soon as possible if you notice.

    These include:

    • A dry cough or wheezing
    • Fatigue and tiredness
    • Chest pain
    • Breathlessness

    If you are suffering from an asbestos related illness, our industrial disease solicitors are here for you.

  • How to claim for asbestos compensation?

    To claim for asbestos compensation you should contact a specialist asbestos solicitor.

    If you have developed an asbestos related disease like lung cancer, mesothelioma or asbestosis after being exposed to asbestos fibres at work, our industrial disease team could help you make a compensation claim.

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