How can compensation for asbestos disease help?

Posted: 2nd Mar 20 9:00 AM

The National Asbestos Helpline, and our expert legal team from Birchall Blackburn Law, will always make sure you receive a settlement amount that funds all of your care needs. Compensation can help pay for:

  • Specialist private medical treatment
  • Currently, the only available treatment funded by the NHS for the asbestos-related cancer, mesothelioma, is chemotherapy. Where a claim for compensation is made then the costs of private treatment, such as immunotherapy, can be included as part of your claim.

  • Loss of earnings
  • Being diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease such as diffuse pleural thickening, mesothelioma or asbestosis often means you’ll have to step back and stop working. This can have a significant impact on your family’s finances.

  • Expenses
  • Falling ill can be costly. Compensation can cover many costs you will incur, such as travel costs to medical appointments and consultation fees.

    Our legal team will always act swiftly to secure your funds so your care needs can be met as soon as possible.

If responsibility for you asbestos exposure is admitted by your employer or they are a known defendant we have acted against before, we may be able to get you compensation payments early, before the full settlement of your claim. Early compensation payments like these are known as interim payments, and can help when you need to pay for any ongoing costs of care or treatment or other expenses.

How much compensation do you get for asbestos disease?

The compensation you’re entitled to can only be calculated once we understand the full impact of your illness. Any changes your illness has made to your quality of life and life expectancy will be taken into account, along with considering how it could affect your dependents and changes that need to be made around the house, such as fitting a stairlift.

Benefits and one-off payments

When diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, it is only normal to worry about how it will affect your finances. There are several benefits and one-off payments available to those suffering with asbestos disease. Though not as significant as civil compensation, these benefits can help with your day-to-day costs of living. You can find out more about what is available to you in our post: ‘What government benefits are available to people diagnosed with asbestos-related disease?

How much does it cost to make a claim for compensation?

Birchall Blackburn Law offers all of their clients funding on a ‘No Win, No Fee’ basis. No Win, No Fee means that in the unlikely event you are to lose your claim, you would not have to pay any legal fees or costs, meaning it is risk-free and you will never be out of pocket.

The services and advice offered by the National Asbestos Helpline are completely free. We’re here to offer you support and advice on any of your questions or worries about your asbestos disease.

If you or a loved one is ever diagnosed with mesothelioma, diffuse pleural thickening, asbestosis or asbestos-related lung cancer, or you’re worried about asbestos exposure, get in touch with the National Asbestos Helpline today. We’re here to help you with advice about your condition and can advise on any compensation and/or benefits you might be entitled to. Call us now on Freephone 0800 043 6635 or send an email to enquiries@nationalasbestos.co.uk.

Further reading

What is the asbestos compensation claims process?

What will an experienced mesothelioma lawyer do?

Is there a time limit on asbestos compensation claims?

What government benefits are available to people diagnosed with asbestos-related disease?