Asbestos claims

Exposure to asbestos may result in serious illness and even premature death up to 70 years after the initial exposure. Exposure to asbestos can be as a result of a variety of different circumstances such as:

  • Employment – many of those that suffer with asbestos related illnesses have previously been employed in a trade that used asbestos products. Most commonly these include, builders, carpenters and plumbers who used products such as asbestos boards, rope, insulation and more.
  • Environment – some sufferers of an asbestos related disease are exposed to asbestos by working in a particular environment such as in factories, steelworks, on buildings site and ships where asbestos is used in and around the work environment. Less common environments also include hospitals, schools and farms.
  • Secondary Exposure – which can occur when dust and fibres released from asbestos related products are transferred from one person to another, an example of this is when a wife washing the overalls of her husband is exposed to asbestos who was working with or near asbestos related products.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis, or pleural thickening then you may have the right to make a compensation claim. Even those who have been exposed to asbestos and have been diagnosed with lung cancer may be eligible to claim.

Our specialist asbestos solicitors represent victims and their families from all over the UK and are highly experienced in investigating asbestos claims to track down the responsible party.

It’s quick and easy to find out whether your illness qualifies for personal injury compensation. Simply call or complete our online enquiry form and you will be put in touch with our specialist asbestos solicitors. We offer free advice and guidance while we investigate your claim without obligation to proceed. We can arrange home visits and can help you access, where appropriate, early interim compensation payments and benefit entitlements on a no win, no fee basis.

Our specialist asbestos solicitors are passionate about fighting for compensation and benefits for those afflicted by asbestos related diseases.

We offer:

  • No win, no fee agreements;
  • Free initial consultation to discuss your case;
  • Consultations via phone or in person at a location to suit you; and
  • Career research on your behalf, to establish how you may have come in to contact with asbestos.

Our lawyers have successfully represented clients across the length of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. We understand what you’re currently going through and are here to help. If you have any questions, big or small, get in touch.

Client story

Watch the story of Stanley Henderson. Hugh James successfully acted on his behalf in respect of his asbestos-related mesothelioma claim. Stan worked in the Merchant Navy for over 15 different shipping lines between 1958 and 1966 and again between 1969 and 1973.  In 1973 he transferred to the British Docks Board. During this time he was exposed to asbestos which later led to him developing mesothelioma. 

 

Asbestos related illnesses

Asbestos related illness can include:

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos condition it is important that you find out as much as you can about your condition from your doctor.

Frequently asked questions

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous mineral that was first mined in South Africa in 1805. There are three different types of asbestos which have varying levels of toxicity; these being blue asbestos (crocidolite) which is believed to be the most potent, brown asbestos (amosite) and white asbestos (chrysotile).

Asbestos was mainly used for its insulation properties and was often mixed with other materials.  It was commonly used in steel production, ship building and construction. Over the years the UK has banned the import of asbestos, with the ban on blue and brown coming into force in 1985 and white asbestos being banned in 1999.

Whilst asbestos is no longer legally imported or used by industry in the UK many individuals continue to be exposed to its harmful fibres. Many buildings, including, schools and hospitals may contain asbestos.

Asbestos related illnesses can take decades to appear and with its heavy industrial use and presence in public and private buildings, we are still seeing large numbers of people being diagnosed with asbestos related diseases each year.

As the effects of asbestos exposure can take many decades to present themselves it is estimated that a further 60,000 people shall die from the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma in the next 30 years in the UK alone.

Can I make an asbestos compensation claim?

If you have been diagnosed with an illness such as mesothelioma, lung cancerasbestosis or pleural thickening then you should contact our specialist solicitors to find out whether you’re eligible for compensation. We will ask you some key questions about your working history and your illness so that we can make further investigations and advise you on the likelihood of your claim succeeding.

Our investigation process is free of charge and we will advise you in detail about the next steps before you agree to instruct us.

We may even be able to help you if your lung cancer has been attributed to smoking, if you have a history of working in an asbestos based environment.

If you decide to instruct us we will act on a no win, no fee basis which will be fully explained to you beforehand.

How do I make an asbestos exposure 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.

Asbestos Case studies

Mesothelioma settlement secured within five (5) months

Mr P contacted Hugh James specialist asbestos team following his diagnosis with the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma. Mesothelioma is an aggressive type of cancer that is solely caused by exposure to asbestos dust.

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 causing deadly asbestos dust to be generated.  The forklift trucks frequently collided with the girders damaging the asbestos and causing significant amounts of asbestos dust and debris to be discharged into the atmosphere and the workmen below.

Sadly Mr P was exposed to this asbestos dust which, over time, led to shortness of breath and eventually the development of mesothelioma.

 

Merchant Navy mesothelioma settlement

Stanley Henderson (Stan) contacted Hugh James following his diagnosis with mesothelioma.  Stan worked in the Merchant Navy for over 15 different shipping lines between 1958 and 1966 and again between 1969 and 1973.  In 1973 he transferred to the British Docks Board.

Stan joined the merchant navy as an Ordinary Seaman and worked up the ranks to a General Purpose One.  He was exposed to asbestos on a daily basis when working on maintenance and carrying out cleaning duties.  When working on board the dredgers Stan spent full shifts in a crane cab which was lined with asbestos which flaked and broke off into the air of the cab.  Stan was never provided with respiratory protection.

Many years later Stan was diagnosed with Mesothelioma.  Stan instructed Hugh James’ specialist asbestos team of solicitors. The claim was quickly settled to ensure that Stan and his wife will be able to use the compensation to ensure that his needs are catered for.

During his time in the Merchant Navy Stan worked for the following shipping lines: P&A Campbell, John I Jacobs & Co, Trinder Anderson & Co, Prince Line Ltd, Rochester Shipping Co, Albright & Wilson, Bolton Steam Shipping Co, Shell Tanker Co, Idwal Williams & Co, British Methane,  Charles Hill & Sons, Regent Line, Devon Shipping Co, British Tanker Co, France Fenwick & Co, Elders & Fyffes, Castle Line, Houlder Brothers, Charles Saville and British Dredging Shipping Ltd.

Stan was kind enough to record a testimonial video for us. To see more about Stan, you can view his video on this page.


Hugh James secures settlement for mesothelioma sufferer

Hugh James specialist asbestos lawyers 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.

Upon confirmation that the building contained asbestos medical evidence was obtained in support of the claim.  Following swift negotiations with the defendant Hugh James 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 as a result of exposure to asbestos.

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 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 previous asbestos exposure.  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 for a sum in excess of £300,000.




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