Asbestosis claims

Asbestosis is a fibrosis (scarring) of the lungs caused by asbestos. The term asbestosis is sometimes used as a term for other asbestos conditions but medically this is incorrect.

Asbestosis usually develops 20 years or more after exposure to asbestos. It can develop sooner where someone has been exposed to very high levels of asbestos however.

Far more exposure to asbestos is required to cause asbestosis than pleural plaques, pleural thickening or mesothelioma. Asbestosis is usually a progressive disease which can cause increasing breathlessness and coughing as it progresses. Typically the disease is more extensive the more asbestos you have been exposed to. Asbestosis can however remain stable for many years causing little disability. The risk of developing other asbestos conditions rises when someone is diagnosed with asbestosis because of the high levels of asbestos they must have been exposed to in order to develop the condition. The risks arise out of the exposure to asbestos rather than the presence of asbestosis.

Compensation for asbestosis depends on the extent of the symptoms it is causing and benefits are also available.


How much will my Asbestosis 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 Asbestosis claim?

You have three years from the date you were diagnosed with asbestosis 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 asbestosis, 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 an asbestos-related condition 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.

Key contact

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

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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

Your questions answered

How do I make an Asbestosis compensation claim?


Making the initial enquiry to see if you are able to pursue an asbestosis 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 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.

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