OH Parsons Asbestos Compensation Claims

It’s becoming increasingly well-known that the inhalation of asbestos fibres can lead to chronic lung disease (asbestosis), breathlessness, scarred lung tissue and sometimes even death. Factory workers can sometimes be exposed to asbestos fibres, meaning they are also exposed to contracting these asbestos-related diseases.

Asbestos-related diseases have become one of the most common reasons for a legal industrial disease claim, and at OH Parsons, we’re proud to have worked on ground-breaking asbestos claims and won landmark victories for our clients.

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Understanding Asbestos Diseases

It’s important to be aware that the initial exposure to asbestos can lead to symptoms which may appear after many years. Those symptoms may not initially be considered linked to the asbestos exposure, which is why it’s important to consult a legal professional before starting asbestos compensation claims. The link between the asbestos exposure and your illness / disease may only be considered after investigations and exclusion of other health issues.

The primary diseases linked to asbestos exposure include:

  1. Asbestosis: A chronic lung condition caused by prolonged exposure to asbestos fibres. It results in scarring of lung tissue, causing breathing difficulties.
  2. Mesothelioma: A rare but aggressive form of cancer that affects the mesothelium, a protective lining around internal organs.
  3. Lung Cancer: Asbestos exposure significantly increases the risk of developing lung cancer. The carcinogenic nature of asbestos fibres can lead to malignancies in lung tissues.

Claiming for Asbestos Exposure: What You Need to Know

If you have been diagnosed with any disease that is caused due to exposure to asbestos, you can make an asbestos related compensation claim within 3 years of that diagnosis.

If the affected person has died, then their dependants and/or family members can also make a claim. These are commonly referred to as ‘wrongful death claims’.

At OH Parsons, our expertise dealing with asbestos compensation claims makes us well placed to provide optimal support to asbestos victims and their family members. We have dealt with countless asbestos / mesothelioma claims, and helped loved ones of victims who have died, either prior to our instruction or during an ongoing case. If this happens, we make sure to continue with the case and secure the compensation that is deserved.

Typical Compensation Amounts

The amount of asbestos compensation you will receive depends on a number of factors. Here are some things that will help determine the exact value of the compensation amount:

  • How the disease has affected your life (or the life of your loved one)
  • Treatment and rehabilitation costs
  • The type of disease (compensation for a mesothelioma claim may differ to that of an asbestosis claim)
  • Costs of care and services provided to you by loved ones and friends
  • Loss of income, job or other financial losses you suffered by being absent from work due to the disease – or will suffer due to any impact on your life expectancy
  • If you are the spouse of a deceased victim, then you can also get compensation for the loss of their income and services

Asbestos-Related Wrongful Death Lawsuits

In cases where a loved one has succumbed to asbestos-related diseases, pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit is an option. Key considerations for wrongful death claims include:

  1. Eligibility: Only certain family members may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Understanding eligibility criteria is essential for those seeking justice for a deceased loved one. If you need more information, don’t hesitate to contact us.
  2. Compensation: Wrongful death lawsuits seek compensation for various losses, including funeral expenses, lost financial support, and the emotional suffering endured by surviving family members.
  3. Legal Support: Engaging the services of an experienced wrongful death lawyer is even more crucial in these cases. These professionals specialise in navigating the legal complexities of such cases, providing support and guidance to grieving families and alleviating as many of the pressures as possible.

Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit is a way to hold responsible parties accountable and seek justice for the loss of a loved one due to asbestos-related diseases. If you would like support in starting a wrongful death claim with OH Parsons, call us on 0800 526 368.

Our Legal Expertise in Industrial Diseases

Navigating the complexities of industrial disease claims like those relating to asbestos exposure demands a legal team with specialised expertise and a deep understanding of both legal intricacies and the healthcare aspects of such cases.

At OH Parsons, our solicitors bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table, making us a trusted ally in your pursuit of justice for industrial diseases.

From the initial consultation to case resolution, our legal team provides comprehensive support at every stage of the claims process. We meticulously investigate each case, gather relevant evidence, liaise with medical experts, and construct a robust legal strategy tailored to your specific situation.

The OH Parsons No Win No Fee Guarantee

The ‘No Win No Fee’ principle on which we operate relieves you of any financial responsibilities that you would have had to incur for the proceedings of the claim. You do not have to pay us any upfront fees, and if for whatever reason the case is lost, no fees will be incurred at all.

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More About Asbestos Compensation Claims

Asbestos exposure can lead to a range of diseases including:

  • Lung cancer
  • Mesothelioma
  • Pleural thickening
  • Asbestosis
  • Symptomatic Pleural
  • Plaques

People who are at risk of developing asbestos related diseases are:

  • Those working in industries where asbestos was used in abundance, such as asbestos manufacture, plumbing, ship repair and building and construction industries
  • Those who attended or were employed at schools where asbestos was used within the boiler rooms or classrooms or were part of the building
  • Those who lived near asbestos factories
  • Those who were exposed while washing overalls of people working with asbestos or were present when this was being done

Workers who suspect asbestos exposure in their workplace should take immediate steps to ensure their safety, since this can lead to potentially life-altering diseases. Below, we cover some key points about workplace asbestos.

  • Health and Safety Regulations: Employers are obligated to adhere to health and safety regulations that govern asbestos exposure in the workplace. Further details can be found here.
  • Protective Measures: Implementing protective measures, such as proper ventilation, personal protective equipment, and employee training, is essential to minimise the risk of asbestos exposure. If your employer is not doing this, or you as the employer have not yet made steps to minimise asbestos risks, this is something that should be rectified immediately.
  • Employer Responsibilities: Employers have a duty to create a safe and healthy work environment. Failing to fulfil this duty can lead to legal consequences if employees suffer from asbestos-related illnesses.

If you have concerns that asbestos regulations are not being followed in your workplace, there are several steps you can take to address the issue:

  1. Report to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE): The Health and Safety Executive is the primary regulatory body overseeing health and safety in the workplace in the UK. Concerns regarding asbestos regulations can be reported to the HSE, which may then conduct investigations and take necessary actions.
  2. Contact the Local Authority: If the workplace is not a construction site, concerns can be reported to the local authority’s environmental health department. For construction sites, contacting the local authority or the HSE is appropriate.
  3. Raise the Issue Internally: Employees can raise their concerns internally through the appropriate channels within their organisation, such as reporting to supervisors, managers, or the health and safety representative.
  4. Seek Legal Advice: We can support you if you have concerns about asbestos exposure and related health risks.

In asbestos compensation claims, the significance of medical evidence and a proper diagnosis cannot be overstated. A conclusive diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis, is foundational for a successful claim. Therefore, seeking medical attention from specialists familiar with asbestos-related illnesses is key, as it ensures a comprehensive understanding of the health impact, contributing vital evidence to the compensation process.

As with personal injury claims, industrial disease claims must have strong foundational evidence to prove that the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment costs are directly linked to the case. If you need more information or support with regards to the evidence you will need to provide to ensure a successful asbestos compensation claim, please get in touch with an OH Parsons legal advisor.

Occupational diseases, especially those arising from exposure to hazardous substances, can be complex when it comes to the legalities of compensation claims.

Navigating through occupational disease claims demands expertise in both medical and legal domains. Professionals at OH Parsons, specialising in industrial disease claims, can guide victims through this complexity, offering insights into the legal processes and ensuring that all aspects of the case are thoroughly examined. From gathering evidence of workplace exposure to presenting a compelling case, navigating complex occupational diseases requires a comprehensive approach that our legal experts are proud to provide.

Lengtsi Curran

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Chris Lewis of OH Parsons has been nothing but Professional, Courteous, Knowledgeable and PATIENT. Navigating me throughout these 4 1/2 years with prompts and good advise to a final successful conclusion.
My sincere gratitude and thanks to all involved. Would highly recommend.

Client Success Stories

We’re proud of the positive outcomes we have achieved for our clients, and their feedback speaks to our commitment to securing the maximum compensation for their injuries. 

We have successfully represented numerous clients in their claims for injuries compensation, particularly those involving serious injuries such as whiplash and spinal cord injuries. Read some of our client success stories to see how we have made a difference in the lives of those we have represented.

Man Awarded £508,000 Compensation For Injury At Work

5/5

The judge found that the claimant’s work had made a material contribution to his injury and that if it wasn’t for the injury the claimant would have continued to do this job until the age of 67 and was awarded over £508,000. 

£4.15m Settlement For Man Blinded At Work

5/5

This case settled at JSM for £4.15m, net of any deduction for alleged contributory negligence. Whilst not formally sub-divided, the award is broadly commensurate with care and assistance of over £2m, general damages of £335k, loss of earnings of £450k, accommodation of £350k, travel/transport expenses of over £200k, case management of £350k and equipment of £200k, plus lesser heads of loss. 

Airport Worker Awarded £150,000 Compensation for Personal Injury

5/5

We succeeded in obtaining a gross settlement of £150,000 for our client to compensate him for his pain and suffering, as well as his past and future financial losses. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Asbestos Compensation Claims

Generally, the claim for asbestos related diseases should be made within 3 years of diagnosis. However, asbestos-related diseases usually take many years to develop and show symptoms. Our professional asbestos solicitors can help you even in the following situations:

  • If the company you used to work for has ceased operations
  • You are not an employee of the company which you feel is the reason for your disease
  • You are unsure of the time of exposure

OH Parsons has a team of experienced expert asbestos disease lawyers waiting to help you to make an asbestos compensation claim. Our specialist team of highly qualified and well-experienced asbestos lawyers has a history of important victories in asbestos related cases.

To be eligible for an asbestos compensation claim, individuals typically need to meet the following criteria:

  • Diagnosis of Asbestos-Related Disease: The claimant must have received a medical diagnosis confirming an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, or lung cancer.
  • Exposure History: There should be evidence or a documented history of asbestos exposure, often linked to the claimant’s occupation or workplace.
  • Time Limit: In the UK, the general time limit for making an asbestos compensation claim is within 3 years of the date of diagnosis. However, exceptions may apply based on specific circumstances.

Yes – our professional asbestos solicitors are experienced in handling cases where the responsible company is no longer in business. They can navigate the legal complexities and explore avenues to secure compensation for your asbestos-related disease.

Meet Our Industrial Disease Solicitors

At OH Parsons, our seasoned team of solicitors prioritises understanding the intricacies of your case, ensuring minimal disruption to you and your family throughout the claims process. Acknowledging the anxiety that initiating a legal claim may bring, we delve deeply into cases, collaborating with top-notch experts and barristers.

About OH Parsons

Discover a dedicated team of industrial disease solicitors ready to guide you through the intricate process of claiming compensation for the harm caused by workplace conditions. From asbestos-related illnesses to repetitive trauma injuries, our legal experts specialise in a wide array of industrial disease cases.

Contact OH Parsons

For personalised guidance and assistance with your industrial disease claim, connect with our solicitors at OH Parsons. We’re here to champion your rights and facilitate the compensation you rightfully deserve.

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