Mesothelioma Compensation Claims
It is now illegal in the UK to use asbestos in any buildings, production or manufacturing processes. For any industries that need to deal with asbestos in preexisting areas, such as waste management for example, specially trained workers must be employed. These workers are highly trained and equipped with special safety measures to ensure that they are protected from the dangers of asbestos.
Mesothelioma is responsible for less than 1% of all cancers that are diagnosed in the UK. However, the number of people that were recently diagnosed with the disease is worryingly high at over 2,600 cases in the space of one year alone. It is expected that this number will rise as symptoms of the condition can present themselves decades after exposure to asbestos.
Exposure to asbestos fibres is the only known cause of mesothelioma. Cancer Research UK has published predictions that suggest that mesothelioma diagnoses will continue to rise and will reach a peak in the coming decade before beginning to decline. With that in mind, if you have been diagnosed with the disease and it can be proven that your current or previous employer was liable for the condition, you should be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
What is mesothelioma and how is it caused?
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer that can either affect the lining of the lungs, the heart, the abdomen or the lining of the testicles. It is caused by exposure to asbestos fibres, a lethal material that was used throughout the 20th century in a variety of industries and products. Before 1999, asbestos had been used in a number of industries, with the risks being overlooked for many decades.
Workers who had been employed in industries where asbestos was used may be at risk of developing mesothelioma or other types of asbestos-related diseases. Unfortunately, because mesothelioma presents symptoms several years after the exposure has taken place, diagnoses are often terminal.
There are various types of Mesothelioma, and they include:
- Pleural mesothelioma – occurs when the cancer cells affect the lining of the lungs. Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of cancer that can be developed as a result of being exposed to asbestos.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma – occurs when the cancer cells affect the lining surrounding the organs of the abdomen. Common symptoms include weight loss, weakness, nausea, swelling of the abdomen, etc.
- Pericardial mesothelioma – occurs when the cancer cells affect the lining of the heart. This disease is quite rare and accounts for only 1% of all mesothelioma cases. Common symptoms include heart palpitations, shortness of breath and chest pain.
- Testicular mesothelioma – this is the rarest form of mesothelioma and occurs when the cancer cells affect the lining surrounding the testicles.
Who Is At Risk of Developing Mesothelioma?
People who work in industries where asbestos was used on a regular basis are at a greater risk of developing mesothelioma. Some of the most common occupations at risk of illness include:
- Laggers and boilermakers
- Joiners, carpenters and builders
- Motor mechanics
- Plumbers and pipefitters
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma and it can be proven that liability lies with another party, such an employer, you are likely to be eligible to make a claim for compensation.
Contact our experienced solicitors for a no-obligation and free discussion about your case. We will confirm if you have a valid personal injury claim, explain the process involved and answer any questions that you may have.
How much compensation will I be entitled to claim?
The amount of compensation that is awarded for a mesothelioma claim can vary greatly from one case to another. It will depend upon the severity of your condition, the impact it has had on your life and your prognosis. Generally speaking, the larger the impact on your life and the more severe the illness is, the greater the amount of compensation is likely to be.
Compensation for personal injury and illness is determined with reference to the Judicial Studies Board (JSB) Guidelines. There is also legislation, such as the Pneumoconiosis, etc (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979 and the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme, which also provides guidance on lump sum payments.
Compensation will also take into account any financial losses that have been caused as a result of your illness. This could include loss of earnings from being unable to work, the cost of medical treatments and prescriptions, transport costs and any home care you require.
We provide a No Win No Fee service
If you believe you may have a valid mesothelioma injury claim, contact us today to receive your free case assessment.
If you do have a valid claim, our team of experienced injury lawyers will be able to provide you with a 100% No Win No Fee service. This means there are no upfront costs, and if we cannot win your case, you won’t pay a penny.
There are strict time limits for making a claim, so it is important for you to seek legal advice as soon as possible following your diagnosis. Contact us today to find out more.