Asbestos compensation for loved ones

Exposure to asbestos has been known to be extremely dangerous for some time. Those who were exposed decades ago may not have suffered from the consequences until now and could develop serious illness even when their exposure was not recent.

Many have been exposed to asbestos fibres at their work, and many have been exposed even when they did not directly work in places where there was asbestos present. There have been cases of spouses and children being exposed indirectly from the clothes and shoes of workers, brought home with them and spread through the house. Exposure can also have happened as a result of living or working close to building sites and places where asbestos was present.

Asbestos exposure generally doesn’t cause any symptoms or illness immediately, disease generally takes years to develop within the body.

Some of the diseases that can be caused by asbestos dust inhalation include:

Many types of asbestos disease are deadly, and in worst cases death can follow quickly following a diagnosis.

Those who have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease are likely entitled to compensation. It may not be clear to you who is directly responsible, however your industrial disease solicitor will be able to help you to assess this. Claims for compensation can take time, and those suffering from such a deadly disease unfortunately in some cases do not have the time required. Compensation is therefore often for the benefit of those who are left behind.

If you are the loved one of someone who has passed away from an asbestos related disease you may be able to claim for compensation on their behalf.

Time limits for making an asbestos compensation claim

There are two-time limits that are important to know about when making a compensation claim for asbestos related disease.

Firstly, a living asbestos victim has three years from the date of diagnosis to make a compensation claim, even if the exposure to asbestos was decades ago.

Secondly, providing that the asbestos victim was still within that three-year time limit when they died, there is then a further three years from the date of the death in which a loved one can make a claim in their name.

If you think that your situation may fall within these time limits and you would like to make an asbestos compensation claim, an experienced industrial disease solicitor can help you.

Symptoms of asbestos related disease

Some of the symptoms of asbestos related disease include:

  • Extreme fatigue (tiredness)
  • A persistent cough
  • Wheezing
  • Swollen fingers
  • Shortness of breath
  • A pain in your chest or shoulders

If you or a loved one have started to experience any of these symptoms and you suspect that there may have been exposure to asbestos fibres in the past, whether it was directly or indirectly, you should visit your doctor urgently.

Because asbestos-related disease can progress so quickly, those who suffer may not always have time to claim compensation. As a close relative, you may be able to claim for asbestos compensation, even after the death of your loved one.