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Asbestosis and Mesothelioma Solicitors in Southampton
Receiving a diagnosis of mesothelioma will be a devastating time for you and your loved ones. Currently, there is no cure for mesothelioma, which is caused through exposure to asbestos. However, there will still be support needed, whether that is financially or by reaching out to the right medical professionals, such as those offering palliative care.
Catriona Ralls and Deborah Foundling, Personal Injury Solicitors in our Southampton office, specialise in claiming compensation for those who have been diagnosed with occupational diseases such as mesothelioma. We will talk you through every step of making a claim, from liaising with your former employers, discussing your medical history, applying for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits, referring you to the appropriate medical professionals and, if required, proceeding to Court. We appreciate that some of these discussions may be difficult for you, so we will work with you and your loved ones with empathy and respect.
Deborah was extremely professional throughout the process. Her communication was constant and I knew what was happening at all times.
We know that you will have many questions following your diagnosis, some of which we have answered here.
What steps should I take to make a claim following a diagnosis?
One of the first things you should do after receiving a diagnosis is to call us. We understand that this will be a devastating time for you and your family, and we can provide you with the support to help you come to terms with the diagnosis and make plans for your future. Our free initial meeting will uncover where you may have been exposed to asbestos, and gather details on your medical history and general health. We will then make contact with the following:
- An expert consultant respiratory professional who can answer your questions and discuss the different care available to you.
- Your GP for your formal medical records.
- Organisations to acquire your various records of employment.
- Your previous employers where you may have been exposed to asbestos as well as their insurer to inform them of the possibility of a claim.
If your former employer is no longer open for business, there are options to enable you to claim compensation, which we can discuss with you at the time.
How much compensation could I receive?
Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for mesothelioma, however compensation can be sought to make your life more comfortable, to assist those around you with your care and to cover your loss of earnings and those who may need to give up work to care for you. It is difficult to know a definite figure that you will receive as this will all depend on the stage of the disease as well as the financial and personal impact it has had. In general, the following factors will be taken into consideration:
- Pain and suffering
- Level of care
- Medical costs
- Loss of earnings
Can I make a claim for compensation due to secondary exposure to asbestos?
You are able to make a claim whether you have been in direct contact with asbestos or if you have developed mesothelioma or asbestosis through secondary exposure. This is normally transmitted through the clothing of workers who bring the fibres home with them and these would then be disturbed when they were changing or being washed. The inhalation of the fibres would then potentially lead to asbestosis or mesothelioma.
I would like to say thank you to Catriona for helping me through out my claim. She was very helpful and gave me all the information I needed. I would recommend them to anyone 10/10.
Our Personal Injury Solicitors in Southampton can also offer advice and guidance in claiming compensation for any of the following:
- Accidents at work
- Accidents on holiday or on a cruise
- Brain and head injury
- Serious injuries and amputation
- Professional negligence
- Product defects and faulty equipment
- Trip, slip or fall
- Road traffic accidents
As well as the advice you can receive from our Personal Injury Solicitors in Southampton, you may also be interested in the following resources:
We know this will be a difficult time for you and your loved ones, and we are here to help and support you. To talk to Catriona or Deborah today, call 0800 91 92 30, or email email@example.com.