In recent years there have been changes to the rules that relate to claims on asbestos-related conditions. In late 2011 the UK supreme court determined that those individuals who had contracted pleural plaques due to being exposed to Asbestos have the right to compensation. Asbestos personal injury claims have slightly different rules compared to other kinds of personal injury claims due to fact that their nature is unique.
You are entitled to make a claim if you are suffering from, or have suffered from any of the following: asbestosis, lung cancer, mesothelioma, pleural thickening, or pleural plaques.
- You may make an asbestos related personal injury claim even if:
- You were self-employed or a contractor at the time you were exposed;
- Your employer(s) are not trading any longer;
- You were exposed to asbestos as the result of working for numerous employers;
- The exposure that is the cause of your injury happened many years ago.
However, you must bring action within a three year period of being diagnosed with the condition. Asbestos related health issues in some cases might take decades for them to develop. Clyde Valley and Aberdeen during the 1950s through the 1970s was a hub of heavy industry where many men became exposed to asbestos while working in the manufacturing, construction, rail yard, and ship yard industries. If you are or were in employed in one of these types of industries then contact us today to receive your no obligation advice on how to make a claim for personal injuries that are related to asbestos.
The exact cause of mesothelioma and other related conditions are not known. The best guess from the legal and medical professions is that being exposed to one fibre of Asbestos might be sufficient to result in a person developing a serious medical condition that is asbestos related. Therefore it might be possible to contract these types of diseases within a fairly short period of time. There are some cases where families members have ended up contracting the condition after being exposed to a family member’s clothes who had been working with asbestos. In those cases, the family member who is afflicted might be able to seek compensation as well.
Mesothelioma is the most serious of these types of conditions. It is fatal quite often within a couple of months. If you were diagnosed with mesothelioma, then you should seek advice about making a claim as soon as possible. If mesothelioma has claimed life of a loved one, then we might be able to make a claim for compensation on their behalf for you.
If you worked over the years for several different employers and all of them were negligent in exposing you to asbestos, then the claim you will make is directed against them in proportion to how much of your time was spent working for them.
Here are the current compensation guidelines:
mesothelioma compensation calculator
£35,100 – £83,850 Life expectancy following diagnosis and duration of pain and suffering will influence the amount of compensation that is awarded in these types of cases. The court also considers quality of life and remaining lung function.
Lung Cancer Calculator
£51,600 – £66,100 The same factors that are considered for Mesothelioma are also considered for lung cancer.
£31,600 – £69,600 Although during its early stages this condition might be symptom less, it may lead to breathlessness and other severe symptoms. According to the current guidelines a 10%-20% reduction in the person’s respiratory capacity would attract a £46,000 award.
Pleural Thickening Calculator
£25,350 – £51,600
£4,450 – £7,350 In situations where there isn’t any risk of asbestosis, lung and other types of cancers, or mesothelioma, the this level of compensation would be considered to be appropriate.
If you or a loved one has suffered from any of the injuries discussed above, and someone else was at fault, contact us today.
If you contracted food poisoning or have suffered from another type of non-traumatic injury, you might still be entitled to claim compensation. Normally these types of cases arise with some kind of formal travel. If you were abroad on holiday [cross link w/ claims abroad page] and contracted food poisoning or a disease-related loss or injury, you might still be able to claim compensation.
The amount of compensation will depend on whether the illness is a long standing complaint, is permanent or temporary.
The following is the compensation levels you can expect:
£25,350 – £34,600 Severe toxicosis that leads to fever, vomiting, sickness, diarrhoea, and severe pain. In a majority of cases there would have been a hospitalisation period of weeks or even months. There also would need to be ongoing symptoms like incontinence or irritable bowel syndrome and those would have a detrimental effect on the work and life of the sufferer.
£6,400 – £12,700 This compensation level is awarded for fairly brief, but still serious, food poisoning episodes. Diarrhoea and vomiting pass within a 2-4 week time period, but there is ongoing disturbance of enjoyment of life and bowel function. If there are more severe symptoms, the court might make an award that is in between the top of this range and bottom of the one that is above.
£2,700 – £6,200 Food poisoning that causes significant cramping, discomfort, fatigue and alterations to bowel function. There also needs to be hospitalisation for a couple of weeks with a complete recovery within a couple of years.
£700 – £2,700 These are the most minor cases. Normally there will have been some pain that lasted for a couple of weeks, that was accompanied by Diarrhoea and vomiting.