If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of mesothelioma you may eligible for compensation.
Legal advice for mesothelioma claims
Our team of legal experts have experience helping individuals who are suffering from mesothelioma. We understand the complications that can arise from this condition, and the impacts it can have on individuals and families.
Below, we’ve answered some common questions surrounding mesothelioma, the sorts of cases we can support with and how we could help you. If you require any further advice please don’t hesitate to contact us.
What is mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the mesothelium that more than 2,500 are diagnosed with each year in the UK. Mesothelium is a thin lining (membrane) that covers the outer surface of many of the body’s organs.
Mesothelioma is generally linked to asbestos exposure. The mesothelium has different names in different parts of the body. In the chest wall and lungs it is called the pleura; and in the abdomen it is called the peritoneum. Rarely, mesothelioma can also occur in the thin membrane that surrounds the testicles or in the membrane that surrounds the heart.
If you require further advice regarding claiming asbestos mesothelioma compensation, call our industrial disease lawyers on 0808 164 0808.
What are the different types of mesothelioma?
- Pleural mesothelioma is the most common type of mesothelioma and results from the individual inhaling asbestos fibres into the lungs. As a result of the inhalation a cancer starts in the pleura, the lining that covers the lungs and the lining of the ribcage.
- Peritoneal mesothelioma is a form of cancer that affects the lining of the abdomen (the peritoneum) and is caused as a result of the ingestion of asbestos fibres. It is much less common than pleural mesothelioma.
- Rarely, a mesothelioma may develop in the outer lining of the heart and this is called Pericardium mesothelioma.
- Mesothelioma of the testicle is also a very rare malignant tumour that accounts for less than 1% of all cases seen.
What is the mesothelioma latency period?
Mesothelioma has the longest latency of any asbestos related disease, generally taking between 20 and 40 years to develop.
Unfortunately, the symptoms of this disease generally only become evident once it has progressed to an advanced stage. Because of this, treatment tends to focus upon maintaining a good quality of life for as long as possible.
What sort of job would put me at high risk of mesothelioma?
High risk environments and occupations that could result in you developing mesothelioma include:
- air-conditioning mechanic
- cable layer
- caretaker and maintenance staff
- chemical technician
- construction worker
- demolition worker
- gas fitter
- heating engineer
- insulation worker
- Ministry of Defence (MOD)
- painter and decorator
- refrigeration mechanic
- roofing contractor
- shipyard worker
- sheet metal worker
- telecommunication engineer
How to make a mesothelioma claim
If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you’ve been exposed to asbestos in your workplace, you may be eligible to bring a mesothelioma compensation claim.
If your role is high risk, and you are exposed to hazardous materials without appropriate PPE being provided, this could amount to a claim against your employer. To start the claim process, we recommend you seek legal advice as soon as possible.
What’s the time limit to make a mesothelioma compensation claim?
Individuals or relatives of those affected by mesothelioma have three years from the date of diagnosis in which to bring a mesothelioma claim.
We recommend you seek legal advice as soon as possible after your diagnosis.
Claiming mesothelioma compensation for hospice care
In certain circumstances it may be possible for us to include a compensation claim for hospice care, for the benefit of the hospice in addition to the main compensation claim for mesothelioma.
Incorporating a claim for the costs of hospice care will not impact the level of compensation for the individual concerned, or their relatives.
Claims for mesothelioma compensation after death in the UK
On the assumption a claim was not already out of time, it may be possible for the estate to bring a claim after the individual in question has passed away.
You may wondering whether you can make a claim for mesothelioma compensation for family members in the UK. Those bringing a claim on behalf of next of kin will still need to provide some, if not all, of the following details:
- where the family member worked
- the dates of employment
- the sources of asbestos exposure
- the nature of the work performed
- the type of work undertaken by colleagues or those working in the vicinity
- the levels of daily asbestos exposure
- details of any witnesses
How much compensation do you get for mesothelioma?
Your compensation will be calculated based on your unique situation. There will be factors to consider, such as the effect it has had on yours and your family’s daily lives, and whether you’ve experienced any loss of income as a result.
Contact our mesothelioma solicitors today
If you’re wondering how to get mesothelioma compensation, the first thing you should do is contact one of our solicitors. Our experts will be able to use their experience from lawsuits for mesothelioma to provide support and guidance regarding your claim.
We try and make this process as easy and swift as possible, whether you need a home visit or a virtual call. Get in touch with us today via telephone on 0808 164 0808 or request a call back, and one of our occupational disease lawyers will call you.