Mesothelioma compensation claims

Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the internal organs, almost exclusively linked to asbestos exposure. If you or a loved one has contracted mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos dust, then you could be eligible to make a compensation claim. The Hugh James specialist mesothelioma team is hugely experienced in helping people affected by mesothelioma, and we’re passionate about fighting for compensation and benefits for our clients.

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How can Hugh James help me?

Our specialist mesothelioma team can help mesothelioma patients access financial support from the government (link to our benefits specific page), as well as looking into a legal claim for compensation. Any legal claim would be brought against the entity responsible for exposing you to asbestos dust, which is most commonly a former employer but may also be the owner of a building through which you came into contact with asbestos. If the entity responsibility is no longer trading, then claims can be brought against their insurers, instead.


Our team is ready to help you. A free consultation will help you find out where you stand and what your options are.


Why choose Hugh James?

We offer:

  • A no cost to you service
  • An obligation-free initial consultation to discuss your case;
  • Ongoing meetings via phone or in person at a location to suit you. We have five offices across England & Wales, and so wherever you’re based, we can arrange to come out to see you where you wish;
  • Research on your behalf to establish how you may have come in to contact with asbestos; and
  • A highly experienced team of specialist solicitors who practice solely in the field of asbestos litigation.

We are experts in dealing with mesothelioma claims and will ensure that you and your family get the help you need. 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 a 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.


Our team is ready to help you. A free consultation will help you find out where you stand and what your options are.


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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

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Richard is a Partner and heads a team of solicitors who specialise in asbestos related disease compensation claims. His team assist those who suffer from mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural thickening. Richard continues to build strong relationships with hospitals and their nurses, and often is referred work because of this. The team is also a supporter of Mesothelioma UK and has paired up with them to host joint events. In the independent legal directory ‘The Legal 500’, Richard has been named as a next generation lawyer and is described as 'fantastic' and 'excellent at asbestos-related disease work'.

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Your questions answered

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, often as a result of 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 testes. Asbestos exposure is the only known cause of mesothelioma. Even very low doses of asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma, although the risk of developing the illness increases with the amount of asbestos dust an individual has been exposed to. Around 2000 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the UK each year. There is currently no known cure, although there have been recent breakthroughs in treatment options and we can look to recover the cost of such treatment through a legal claim.

There is a latency period between asbestos dust exposure and the onset of mesothelioma symptoms. Periods of 10 years or less are very rare, and often people don’t develop symptoms until 40 years or more after their initial exposure.

How much compensation might I receive for a mesothelioma claim?


This is personal to you and will depend upon a number of factors which are unique to your individual situation. Compensation includes an award for the pain and suffering caused by your illness, together with sums claimed in respect of any care needs, your financial losses, medical care and treatment. This may include private treatment options not presently available on the NHS, such as immunotherapy.

As a ballpark figure, the majority of mesothelioma claims settle for sums between £100,000 and £200,000, together with an agreement for funding for private treatment options where appropriate. Our specialist team is experienced in ensuring that you and your family receive the maximum compensation to which you are entitled.

How much will a mesothelioma compensation claim cost?


Your claim will be dealt with on a ‘no cost to you’ basis, and so the claim will cost you nothing, regardless of the outcome.  

What are the time limits for making a mesothelioma claim?


You have three years from the date upon which you were diagnosed with mesothelioma in which to make a claim. There are exceptions to this and it is worth contacting us even if you are outside this time period. If a loved one has died from mesothelioma, then you have three years from the date upon which they died in which to claim. 

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