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 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 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 claiming on behalf of a deceased sufferer of asbestosis

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. We want to help you focus on healing.

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

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What is asbestosis, and what symptoms should you watch out for?

Exposure to asbestos, whether at work or at home, can lead to asbestosis.

The breathing condition is caused by previous inhalation at work, exposure to dust from a family member who worked with asbestos or by living near an asbestos factory.

How long it takes for symptoms to show

Asbestosis can often develop years and even decades after you have been exposed to the fibres.

Many of its warning signs are also associated with other respiratory problems, and how severe and frequent symptoms are will differ from person to person. 

We recommend that you seek medical advice immediately as soon as you or someone close to you starts to develop breathing problems so you can get official diagnosis and the medical care you need straight away.

People suffering can often be unaware of how severe asbestosis can be. The most common asbestosis symptoms you should watch out for include:

  1. Shortness of breath
  2. Tiredness and fatigue
  3. Crackling sounds when breathing
  4. High blood pressure
  5. Swelling
  6. Weight loss

1. Shortness of breath

Shortness of breath is one of the main warning signs of asbestosis. The long-term inhalation of asbestos fibres can scar and inflame your lungs, which can constrict their movement and leave you short of breath.

2. Tiredness and fatigue

The scarring and inflammation of lungs that asbestos causes can also reduce your ability to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide.

This can lead to reduced lung function and leave you feeling tired and fatigued.

3. Crackling sounds when breathing

Lung inflammation and scarring can also make it difficult for oxygen to enter your blood, which can cause a dry crackling noise as you inhale.

If you have this symptom, visit your GP. They will use a stethoscope to listen out for the sound in order to determine whether or not you have asbestosis.

4. High blood pressure

Asbestosis can cause your lungs to fail to fully oxygenate your blood. When this happens, your heart has to work much harder which will lead to an increase in blood pressure.

5. Swelling

A rise in blood pressure can also cause a build-up of fluid around the heart and lungs, which can cause your neck and face to swell.

6. Weight loss

Asbestosis can cause fluid to develop in your abdominal area, which can lead to bloating and tenderness. This can cause a loss of appetite and potential weight loss. If you notice you’ve lost your appetite and weight recently, it’s worth going to your doctor.

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What to do if you experience any of the above

If you are suffering from any of the above symptoms, you should seek medical advice immediately. If you are told that your symptoms are a result of your exposure to asbestos at work, we can help you.

We really do understand how asbestosis and other asbestos-related illnesses can make you feel, physically and emotionally. But your whole life doesn’t need to be turned upside-down because of your diagnosis.

Our team will work hard to make sure you get compensated for the pain and suffering you have had to endure, as well as any time you have had to take off work which has led to financial losses.

We understand that you may feel upset and angry, but we can help. We will work alongside you, supporting you throughout your claim, in order to get you the best possible outcome so you can move forward with your life.

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Other diseases exposure to asbestos can cause:


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.

Whether you still work for them or not, you can 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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