Mesothelioma compensation claims

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one has contracted mesothelioma by being exposed to asbestos dust, then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.

The Hugh James specialist mesothelioma solicitors are highly experienced in helping families and people affected by mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses make successful claims. 

We’re passionate about fighting for compensation and benefits for the families and people afflicted by asbestos mesothelioma.

We offer:

  • A no cost to you service
  • Free initial consultation to discuss your case;
  • Consultations via phone or in person at a location to suit you; and
  • Research on your behalf to establish how you may have come in to contact with asbestos.


What is Mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a cancerous tumour of the mesothelium, a lubricating lining or layer around some of the major organs in the body. It is caused by exposure to asbestos and usually occurs from poor working conditions.

Mesothelioma most commonly affects the pleura (the lining around the lung). It can also affect the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) and less commonly the pericardium (the lining around the heart) or around the tests. Asbestos exposure is by far the most common known cause of mesothelioma. The risk of mesothelioma increases with the amount of mesothelioma asbestos each person someone has been exposed to.

It commonly takes  up to 40 years after initial exposure for mesothelioma symptoms to materialise. Shorter periods of around 20 years are less common but not unheard of. Periods of 10 years or less are very rare, primarily because the tumour is thought to begin to grow about 10 years before symptoms are first noticed.

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How much compensation will I receive for Mesothelioma claim?

This is personal to you and will depend upon the asbestos condition you suffer from. Many mesothelioma claims settle for sums between £100,000 and £400,000.

Our specialist team is experienced in ensuring that you and your family receive the maximum compensation you are entitled to.

Compensation will include an award for the pain and suffering caused by your illness. In addition compensation can also be claimed in respect of care needs, financial losses, medical care and treatment, which may include private treatment options not presently available on the NHS, such as immunotherapy.


How much will my Mesothelioma compensation claim cost?

Your claim will be dealt with under a no win, no fee agreement. If your claim is not successful it will not cost you anything.


What are the time limits for making a Mesothelioma claim?

You have three years from the date you were diagnosed with mesothelioma in which to make a claim. There are exceptions to this and it is worth contacting us in any event, even if you are outside this time. If a loved one has passed away from a mesothelioma, you have three years from the date of their death.


Why choose Hugh James?

We are experts in dealing with mesothelioma and asbestos-related disease claims. The specialist Hugh James team will ensure that you and your family get the help you need.

We regularly help people who have been diagnosed with the following conditions:

  • mesothelioma;
  • asbestosis;
  • lung cancer; and
  • pleural thickening.

Our lawyers have been successfully handling industrial disease and asbestos cases for individuals and families for over 50 years. We understand that the time following diagnosis with a mesothelioma is distressing, so we provide on-going support for our clients and their families and make sure the process is as straightforward as possible.

We are relentless in the pursuit of justice. Our specialist team will provide expert legal advice to ensure you receive the best care, treatment and the highest level of compensation.


My case has been handled with great sensitivity. I can’t thank Hugh James enough and would recommend them to all my friends and family.

Eileen Inman | Client


I am really pleased with the way Hugh James is dealing with my claim. They are most helpful and take the time to explain in detail anything I ask; nothing is too much trouble. I am treated with respect. I would like to thank the team; I would not hesitate in recommending Hugh James.

Peter Ruggles | Client


The service I have received from Hugh James has been fantastic. I cannot fault anything. The team at Hugh James have always been there for me.

Raymond Parr | Client


I cannot emphasise enough the help they have given me; always on hand to give me advice. I would not hesitate to recommend Hugh James to anyone.

Raymond Parr | Client


Hugh James have been exceptional at a very difficult time. From the onset the procedure was clearly explained and if I had a query it was answered straight away.

Eileen Inman | Client

Featured case studies

Watch the stories of Eileen Inman and Wayne Churches. Eileen, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in December 2016 – 48 years after starting work at the high street retailer’s store in Staines, Surrey. She was employed in 1968, at the age of 15, and worked there until 1973. Her condition is terminal and she only has months to live. Wayne, 73, who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017. Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of lung cancer which is exclusively caused by asbestos exposure. Mr Churches was exposed to asbestos whilst working as an engineer at Pen-y-Fai Hospital, Bridgend and Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny.

Compass Sheet Metal employee receives settlement for mesothelioma

Mr W contacted Hugh James specialist asbestos team following his diagnosis with mesothelioma, after a recommendation to get in touch with us from a lung cancer nurse specialist.

Mr W has been employed by Compass Sheet Metal between 1964 and 1975, and during this time was required to mix up asbestos lagging and apply it to pipework.

Hugh James’ specialist asbestos lawyers were already aware of the details of the defendant and their employers’ liability insurers, and were accordingly able to expedite the claim. Liability was quickly admitted, and an interim payment of £50,000 was provided.

The losses and expenses arising from Mr W’s illness, save for future treatment, were agreed in the sum of £235,000. In addition to this monetary compensation, an unlimited financial indemnity agreement was agreed to enable Mr W to undergo private immunotherapy treatment.
The matter was fully resolved within 10 months of instruction.


Claim settled from witness evidence for mesothelioma sufferer

Mr N was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2018 and unfortunately passed away before having the opportunity to instruct solicitors.

Upon instruction by Mr N’s family, a copy of his HMRC schedule was obtained and it was considered likely that Mr N had been exposed to asbestos during the course of his employment with a regional electric company. It was imperative to the claim that witness evidence detailing such exposure was obtained and so extensive investigations were made to track down Mr N’s former colleagues.

After speaking with Mr N’s colleagues, it was established that during Mr N’s apprenticeship in the early 1960s, he had been exposed to asbestos both directly (from dismantling storage heaters that contained asbestos), and indirectly (from working close to carpenters on new residential builds).

After obtaining medical evidence in support of the claim, and preparing a detailed schedule detailing the losses and expenses arising from Mr N’s illness, the matter was resolved swiftly.


Claim settled for widow of mesothelioma sufferer

Ms H’s husband had developed mesothelioma and initially instructed another firm pursue a claim, however this firm were unable to identify the source of his asbestos exposure, and he sadly passed away within 4 months of diagnosis.

Hugh James were then contacted directly by family members, following a personal recommendation, having settled a similar case for a Spanish based claimant.

Hugh James gathered evidence through a variety of sources, and established that Mr H had previously worked for a large company for a number of years within a niche team. It was during this time that he had been exposed to asbestos. The the source of exposure was quickly identified due to our previous experience against this defendant.

Prior to diagnosis, Ms H and her husband had both worked full time. Mr H was an experienced carpenter, helping his children to develop properties in his free time, and Mrs H was left widowed with 3 children and unable to work as a result of his death. The damages received as a result of the claim will there provide invaluable financial support for the family into the future.


Product liability claim for the estate of mesothelioma sufferer

Mr R sadly passed away having suffered with mesothelioma. A claim was pursued on behalf of his estate. Mr R had been exposed to asbestos whilst working on the construction of a housing estate during his employment with Scudamore and Thomas. Unfortunately, it was not possible to identify employers’ liability insurance for the company.

In light of the lack of insurance, a decision was taken to pursue Cape Intermediate Holdings Ltd in respect of a product liability claim against Cape who were the manufacturers of asbestolux, which is what Mr R had used on site.

A product liability claim was pursued; something which is unusual in the UK, and was therefore a novel point of law. The claim settled shortly after it had been issued at court, and before the court proceedings had been formally served upon Cape.


Mesothelioma settlement secured within five months

Mr P contacted us following his diagnosis with mesothelioma.  Mr P had worked at Triang Toys in Merthyr Tydfil in his early 20s where he was exposed to asbestos whilst working in the warehouse. The girders in the warehouse were lined with asbestos insulation to protect against fire. Unfortunately, the asbestos insulation was damaged by forklift trucks which frequently collided with the girders, damaging the asbestos insulation triggering the release of asbestos dust. into the atmosphere and onto the workmen below.

Mr P was keen to settle his case within his lifetime, and we were able to secure an early admission for him, and then settle his case shortly thereafter, in accordance with his wishes.


Hugh James secures settlement for mesothelioma sufferer

We were instructed by Mrs B following her diagnosis with mesothelioma. At the time of her diagnosis Mrs B did not know where she had been exposed to asbestos.

Mrs B had worked as secretary to a factory manager at Harker Stagg Ltd (a subsidiary of pharmaceutical giant Boehringer Ineglheim) for two years after leaving school.

Following extensive investigations it was established that the factory Mrs B had worked in was lined with asbestos sheets. Mrs B was able to recall typing up reports in the laboratory attached to the factory on a daily basis. On occasions the maintenance team repaired and replaced the asbestos sheets located in the ceiling of the laboratory whilst Mrs B was going about her work. The disturbance of the sheets caused asbestos dust to be released into the atmosphere around Mrs B.

Upon confirmation that the building contained asbestos medical evidence was obtained in support of Mrs B’s claim. Following swift negotiations with the defendant our specialist asbestos lawyers settled Mrs B’s claim for £113,000.


Compensation for former Metal Box Co Ltd. Neath mesothelioma sufferer

Mr S was diagnosed with mesothelioma arising from his exposure to asbestos dust during his school holiday at the age of 17, Mr S spent two weeks working for Metal Box Co Ltd in Neath, South Wales. Mr S’s job was to climb inside large industrial ovens which were lined with asbestos and scrape away the old asbestos insulation. Mr S went home covered in asbestos dust each day. Many other schoolboys were employed by the company in similar roles stripping out old asbestos insulation.

Many years later Mr S was diagnosed with mesothelioma caused by his previous asbestos exposure. and following his diagnosis Mr S instructed Hugh James specialist asbestos lawyers. An interim payment of £50,000 was quickly obtained from Metal Box Co Ltd and judgment entered against the company whilst the full value of Mr S’s claim was investigated. The claim was swiftly resolved thereafter for a sum in excess of £300,000.


Key contact

Richard Green specialises in asbestos related disease claims. Primarily mesothelioma, asbestosis, diffuse pleural thickening and lung cancer.

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Your questions answered

How do I make a Mesothelioma compensation claim?


Making the initial enquiry to see if you are able to pursue a mesothelioma compensation claim is easy, simply contact our specialist asbestos solicitors either via telephone or our online enquiry form.

We understand that dealing with a diagnosis of an asbestos related disease is difficult for both you and your family. To make pursing a compensation claim as easy as possible you will not have to visit any of our offices. We can arrange home visits across the country and shall verbally discuss everything with you via telephone.

In our initial consultation we shall discuss your potential claim free of charge, without obligation. If your claim has a reasonable chance of being successful we will then run you through your options and give you the opportunity to instruct us to act on your behalf on a no win, no fee, basis.

Our team of lawyers are accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers and the Solicitors Regulation Authority.

What other financial support are there for Mesothelioma patients?


The most common benefits you may be entitled to include:

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB)

You may be able to claim Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) if you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease arising from exposure to asbestos at work, and your disease is causing you symptoms.

You can make an application for IIDB if you have developed one of the following:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestos related lung cancer
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural thickening

If your application is successful you will receive IIDB weekly for life. If you have mesothelioma, you will receive £182 per week. If you have one of the other asbestos related diseases then the amount you receive will depend upon how serious your condition is. IIDB can also be backdated for up to 13 weeks.

Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979

If you have developed mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural thickening arising from occupational asbestos exposure, and have been awarded Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit, you will also be entitled to a lump sum payment under the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act. You may also be able to claim if a loved one has died from an asbestos related disease.

The lump sum is assessed based on both your age, and the severity of your condition. If you have mesothelioma for instance, the lump sum awarded ranges from £14,578 upwards.

2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme

You may be able to claim a lump sum through the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme if you have developed mesothelioma arising from exposure to asbestos outside of work, for instance if you were self-employed, if you were exposed to asbestos at school or even if you are unsure where you might have come into contact with asbestos dust.

As with the Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act, the lump sum paid depends on the age you were diagnosed with mesothelioma.

Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments Scheme (DMPS)

The Diffuse Mesothelioma Payments Scheme (DMPS) is a scheme set up for those who have developed mesothelioma arising from asbestos exposure at work, but who are unable to make a civil compensation claim because their employer has since been dissolved, and no insurance can be traced for them.

Care related benefits

Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and Attendance Allowance (AA) provide a weekly payment to assist with personal care. In addition PIP also offers a mobility component, which provides additional funds to help if you need assistance travelling. If you are in receipt of PIP or AA, you might also be entitled to apply to your local council for a Blue Badge to assist with car parking.

PIP is available to those aged under 65 and AA is available to those aged 65 or over. How much you will receive depends upon an assessment as to your care needs.

Finally, if a friend or family spends a large amount of time caring for you, they may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance.

Next steps

We understand that the benefits application process can seem daunting. In addition, applying for the benefits listed above might impact on your current benefits entitlement. Accordingly, we suggest that you have a chat with an asbestos specialist lawyer before making any application. Our specialist team here at Hugh James have are experienced in completing benefits application papers and would be happy to assist you with your application(s) for welfare benefits. We do not charge for this service.

Am I able to claim for pleural plaques?


It is no longer possible to claim compensation for pleural plaques in England and Wales. You may be able to claim compensation for pleural plaques if you were exposed to asbestos in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

What if my former employer is no longer trading?


We will trace the employers’ liability insurers of your former employers who will be responsible for paying the compensation you are entitled to.

If your former employer did not have insurance, it may be possible to pursue a claim under the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.

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