If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, while there is no cure, it is important that you receive the support you need, whether that is financially, emotionally or through access to professionals who can support your family, for example palliative care. Making a claim for compensation can provide you and your family with this support.
There are several steps to making a claim for compensation, and the first is to give us a call. We offer a free initial meeting either in our offices or at your home, and work on a no win no fee basis.
We will discuss with you the full history of your employment to see if we can discover where you may be have been exposed to asbestos, or whether it could be due to secondary exposure. It is at this stage where we will also discuss your medical history and your general health. These discussions may be uncomfortable and upsetting for you and your family, but they are important for our understanding to achieve the best result we can for you. We will take care of the necessary paperwork to give you access to the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefits.
Once we have details of your history, we will arrange for you to be seen by a consultant respiratory expert who can answer any queries about your diagnosis and the treatment options available. We will then write to the necessary organisations to have access to your formal medical records and also records of your employment. We will begin the investigation in to where you may have been exposed to asbestos; liaising with your previous employers and insurers to inform them of the possible claim against them, and any further correspondence or negotiations to try to settle out of Court.
If we are not able to do this, we will proceed to Court. Rest assured, we will continue to shoulder any worries and concerns you may have, and traditionally mesothelioma claims are fast tracked due to the nature of the disease.
If your employer is no longer in existence, there are still options for you to have access to compensation. It may be that we are able to trace the insurer for that employer, or an alternative organisation to assume responsibility. If this is also not possible, the Mesothelioma Act 2013 allows a claim to be made, as long as the claim would be likely to be successful if the employer or insurer were traceable, and that the diagnosis was made after 25 July 2012.