Mesothelioma Compensation Claims
Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma?
We can provide you with compassionate and dedicated legal advice and guidance at this upsetting time, helping you to be fully compensated for the impact that mesothelioma has on your life.
We are experienced in handling mesothelioma claims for both sufferers and their family members.
We understand that dealing with the effects of mesothelioma can be distressing and difficult for both you and the people closest to you, which is why we are so committed to supporting all people affected by asbestos related conditions.
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure.
Although continuous exposure to asbestos is most likely to cause mesothelioma, even a single asbestos fibre is enough to cause this deadly disease.
Mesothelioma affects the mesothelium, which is the protective lining found around all the internal organs of the body. This disease damages the pleura around the lungs and as a result will inevitably lead to breathing difficulties.
In rare cases mesothelioma can also affect the abdominal cavity and areas around the heart, which will likely lead to other serious health issues.
Symptoms of Mesothelioma
Symptoms of mesothelioma are often hard to identify in its early stages due to the damage not becoming apparent until years or even decades after exposure.
Main symptoms relating to a mesothelioma claim
Pleural EffusionThis is where a build-up of fluid makes it difficult for the lung to expand. This can lead to impaired breathing and chest pain, which can subsequently result in diminished breathing sounds and movement of the chest on the affected side.
DyspnoeaAlso known as 'air hunger', this can be particularly alarming and stressful for sufferers. Pleural effusion is the most common cause of this problem, as breathing can become difficult and laboured, which can result in great discomfort and anxiety.
Dry Cough or WheezingA persistent, hoarse cough accompanied by wheezing is a common side effect of pleural effusion and having an accumulation of fluid around the lungs. The cough will typically not be accompanied by any phlegm and seem unproductive to the sufferer.
Fatigue and TirednessThe restricted lung function and laboured breathing can leave the sufferer fatigued and tired following any physical exertion.
Abdominal PainThis is the first symptom that people with peritoneal mesothelioma often suffer from. Enlargement and tenderness of the abdomen can then follow, with fluid build-up occurring later on in the illness. This can cause loss of appetite and subsequently lead to weight loss.
If you suffer from any of the above symptoms or have been exposed to asbestos in the past, we would advise you visit your local GP and seek medical advice.
They will be able to give you a diagnosis and offer you treatments for the condition if you do suffer from this serious disease.
Learn More about Claiming Compensation for Mesothelioma
If you know or suspect that you or someone you love has mesothelioma, please have a read through our frequently asked questions regarding mesothelioma compensation claims.
Here we have provided information about the condition to help you identify whether you or someone close to you with this respiratory disease can make a claim.
We have outlined in detail the legal help and support AWH Solicitors can offer to people suffering from mesothelioma, along with details on the simple and straightforward claims process you can expect from our solicitors.
Who can claim for mesothelioma compensation?
Anyone affected by mesothelioma has the opportunity to pursue a claim for compensation, including:
- If you are suffering from the condition
- If a close relative has passed away from mesothelioma in the past 3 years
AWH Solicitors will help you to achieve a pay-out for any pain and suffering, as well as for any financial and medical setbacks that have been caused by the condition.
How long does a mesothelioma case take?
People tend to be diagnosed with mesothelioma in the later stages of the disease, as the symptoms can take decades to arise. Therefore, many sufferers choose not to pursue mesothelioma claims, fearing that the process will take too long or impact upon their life.
However, it is important to remember that claims for mesothelioma sufferers are usually fast tracked through court. Our solicitors work hard to build and pursue these compensation claims as quickly as possible, and settle them before they reach this stage, allowing you to access the financial support you require swiftly.
What causes mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos.
When the asbestos fibres are inhaled, they can gather and irritate the mesothelial tissue lining the organs. Overtime, this can cause mesothelioma to develop, a rare form of cancer of the mesothelial cells.
What are the symptoms of mesothelioma?
Common warning signs of mesothelioma include:
- Pleural effusions
- Dry cough or wheezing
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Abdominal pain
Sadly, people often think they are suffering from asbestosis symptoms when they are actually dealing with mesothelioma.
So, if you or someone close to you is dealing with any breathing problems, it is vital to contact a medical specialist to determine its cause.
Someone in my family has passed away from mesothelioma. Can I still make a claim?
If a family member or partner has sadly passed away from mesothelioma – which has been caused by the negligence of another person – AWH Solicitors can help you to claim for wrongful death.
We fully understand that compensation won’t be able to take away any of the grief or anguish, however it can provide you with access to the financial support you need following your loss. Our solicitors will be able to help you claim for the following:
- Mental anguish from the loss of friendship, comfort and support
- Expected loss of income of your loved one
- Expected loss of protection, care and assistance
- Any medical treatment and care for the person who has sadly passed away
Mesothelioma solicitors at AWH Solicitors also work on behalf of close relatives affected by the passing of family members.
We can help to claim compensation for the pain and suffering felt together with any financial losses so that you can get your life back on track once again.
Who is most at risk of suffering from mesothelioma?
Those who have been knowingly or unknowingly exposed to asbestos at some point in their life are at risk of mesothelioma.
Our specialists often deal with people who have:
- Worked in close proximity to asbestos
- Lived with someone who worked with asbestos
- Lived in close proximity to an asbestos factory
How long does it take for mesothelioma to appear following asbestos exposure?
Mesothelioma will usually come about decades after a person’s initial asbestos exposure, typically between 15 to 50 years.
People with mesothelioma may be aware or unaware of their previous contact with the hazardous fibres or may disregard asbestos as the cause due to the long time period between their exposure and their condition.
What should people worried about mesothelioma do?
Anyone suffering from mesothelioma symptoms should look to get an official diagnosis from a medical specialist.
They will be able to determine whether or not you are suffering from mesothelioma or another respiratory condition and provide you with access to any medical treatment and support that you need to make life with the condition a little better.
What should you do after an official diagnosis?
If you, a family member or friend has been officially diagnosed with mesothelioma, medical treatment will often be given.
People with mesothelioma may also be entitled to receive compensation for the impact the condition has had on their life.
AWH Solicitors specialises in handling mesothelioma claims. We can help you determine the exact cause of your condition, build a strong case against the responsible party and get you the compensation you deserve as swiftly as possible.
As we understand that dealing with mesothelioma can be incredibly emotional and stressful, our team will work hard to keep the claims process simple and straightforward for you, while being mindful of any special needs and requirements you may have.
How much compensation is paid out to mesothelioma sufferers?
The mesothelioma compensation awarded to sufferers will usually depend on their personal circumstances.
Our team will talk with you before calculating your compensation in order to find out exactly how mesothelioma has impacted on your health, finances and way of life.
This information accompanied by our knowledge of mesothelioma symptoms and the issues faced by sufferers, will allow us to then work towards securing you the sum you need to make everyday life just that little bit easier.
Your mesothelioma compensation will typically include damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of earnings
- Medical support
- Future related expenses
When negotiating your compensation with the responsible party, our legal team will always fight to achieve you the maximum possible amount.
This will ensure that have access to the care and support you need and obtain justice for the impact mesothelioma has had on your health and wellbeing.
Can I get compensation for past exposure?
Mesothelioma sufferers typically develop the respiratory condition decades after their initial exposure to asbestos. Therefore, many of the organisations responsible for causing mesothelioma or asbestosis in people are now closed or out-of-business.
In these circumstances, our solicitors can contact their insurance provider in order to get hold of your compensation.
It is important to remember that even if you were exposed many years ago, you can still pursue a claim for mesothelioma compensation. As long as you start the claims process within three years of your diagnosis, you can receive a settlement for your condition.
Making a Claim with AWH Solicitors
The team at AWH Solicitors are highly experienced in pursuing mesothelioma claims against asbestos manufacturers and employers who have failed to protect their employees from asbestos inhalation.
Our team will provide all our clients an approachable, friendly and professional legal service.
Fully Committed to your Compensation Claim
A claim will need to be made if you wish to receive compensation for your condition.
If we believe that pursuing a mesothelioma compensation claim would be in your best interests, our solicitors can look after the process from start to finish, allowing for as minimum disturbance to your life.
The sensitive and reliable legal service we provide to mesothelioma sufferers include:
- A home visit where we run through the process and answer any questions
- A thorough investigation of your employment history and diagnosis
- The creation of a strong and successful claim for compensation
- Management of negotiations with the responsible party
- The provision of specialist advice on government funding and charitable support
With a rich and up-to-date understanding of legislation and plenty of experience in running compensation claims for mesothelioma sufferers and their families, our solicitors will work hard to award you with the best possible outcome from the claims process.
Further Funding and Support for Mesothelioma Sufferers
AWH Solicitors can also provide you with information on any additional support that is available to industrial disease sufferers.
From government funding such as the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) to charities and support groups, we will make sure that you are surrounded by a high level of help and support, while our solicitors focus on providing you with the legal assistance you need.
For further information on making a mesothelioma compensation claim, contact us on 0844 414 0667 for free, impartial legal advice on the options available to you.
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