What is the asbestos compensation claims process?

Posted: 8th Oct 18 8:30 AM

Have you been diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural thickening? You may be able to claim compensation for your past exposure to asbestos.

If you were wrongfully exposed to deadly asbestos dust and fibres, you are owed justice and financial peace of mind. This isn’t about a “claims culture”, this is about doing what is right.

The National Asbestos Helpline is a free service provided by Birchall Blackburn Law, who have a team of experienced and dedicated specialist asbestos lawyers to support those diagnosed with asbestos-related disease.

Any kind of compensation claim can seem like a daunting and potentially complicated process, but at the National Asbestos Helpline, we strive to keep things as simple and hassle-free as possible for every person who contacts us.

Our process tends to follow these 4 steps:

1. Initial enquiry and consultation

When you first get in touch, we will discuss your exposure history to asbestos, as well as what you understand to be your diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease.

We’ll chat with you about your past work and when you were first told about asbestos affecting your health.

2. Who was responsible?

After we have a firm understanding of your diagnosis, we can dig a little deeper into your work history and investigate when and where you were exposed to asbestos. Even if the company (or companies) responsible for your exposure to asbestos are no longer trading, we are still able to pursue their insurers for compensation.

3. Your needs

How has this illness impacted your life, and how could it affect you and your family in the future?

By asking these questions, we can find out what support you might need, and put you in touch with some of the best care and support services in the nation while we progress with your claim.

We will also help you claim any government benefits you are entitled to, such as the Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit.

4. Placing you in the care of our expert asbestos solicitors

It is important for anyone diagnosed with any form of asbestos-related disease to get the right legal advice swiftly.

That is why at the National Asbestos Helpline we work alongside specialists at Birchall Blackburn Law to provide the legal expertise required to help asbestos sufferers.

When we have identified your eligibility for financial compensation, we will pass your case onto our trusted solicitors at Birchall Blackburn Law to guide your asbestos compensation claim to completion.

If you or a loved one is ever diagnosed with mesothelioma, asbestosis or another asbestos-related condition, or you are worried about asbestos exposure, don’t hesitate to get in touch with the National Asbestos Helpline. We’re here to help you with advice about your condition and can also advise on any benefits and/ or compensation you might be entitled to. Call us on Freephone 0800 043 6635, or email enquiries@nationalasbestos.co.uk.

Further reading

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Why is asbestos dangerous?

What is asbestos exposure?

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