Mesothelioma Compensation Claims
If you have been affected by mesothelioma, we can help.
If your injuries were caused by someone else's actions or negligence, you may be entitled to claim compensation.
Claiming injury compensation with a solicitor
You can make a compensation claim with the help and support of a personal injury solicitor.
Your solicitor will ask you about what happened, and they will collect evidence to prove what caused your injuries. Your solicitor will also work out how much money you can claim, based on your injuries, lost earnings and other expenses.
We can help you make a personal injury compensation claim on a No Win No Fee basis.
In this article
Mesothelioma accounts for less than 1% of all cancers diagnosed in the UK. According to the charity Mesothelioma UK, over 2,500 people are diagnosed each year. Over the next decade, this number is expected to rise.
Exposure to asbestos fibres is the only known cause of mesothelioma. Although exposure to asbestos estimated to have peaked in the 1960s, symptoms commonly develop around 40 years after asbestos exposure. A very few cases occur within 15 years of exposure. Some cases have been diagnosed up to 67 years after exposure.
Statistics from Cancer Research UK predict that mesothelioma incidences will peak in the 2020s before declining.
Who is likely to be affected by mesothelioma?
46% of mesothelioma cases occur in people aged 75 and over, and 8% occur in those aged under 60.
Mesothelioma is 5 times more common in men than women due to occupational asbestos exposure which occurred mainly in male dominated manual industries such as construction and shipbuilding.
Asbestos was once widely used in industry, including in the building trade, car manufacture and in the engineering industry.
Asbestos use declined once the health risks were better understood, but a comprehensive ban on the material was only imposed in 1999.
Mesothelioma can develop even after exposure to relatively low levels of asbestos or where the exposure took place over a relatively short period of time.
Some who have developed mesothelioma may have contracted it through contact with the work clothes of their relatives. People who lived close to factories that released asbestos fibres into the surrounding environment may have been exposed.
The panel of solicitors have represented claimants from various occupations who have developed mesothelioma, including:
- boilermakers and laggers,
- joiners and builders,
- motor mechanics
Symptoms of mesothelioma
There are two main types of mesothelioma.
The most common is Pleural Mesothelioma when a tumour forms on the lining of the lungs (pleura), making breathing difficult and painful. Other symptoms may include pain in the chest or lower back, fever and sweating, particularly at night, a persistent cough and unexplained weight loss.
Peritoneal Mesothelioma is less common but is also caused by exposure to asbestos. A tumour develops on the peritoneal lining of the abdomen preventing it from lubricating the abdominal organs. Symptoms may include abdominal pain or swelling, nausea or vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation, loss of appetite or unexplained weight loss.
Quittance's solicitors can assist with claims for pleural or peritoneal mesothelioma, in addition to other, rarer forms of the illness.
Do I need a diagnosis before I can make a mesothelioma claim?
If you have been injured and are awaiting the results, you should still seek legal advice as soon as possible. The sooner you start a mesothelioma claim after an accident, the more likely your claim is to succeed.
Howard Willis, Personal injury solicitor
About the author
Howard qualified as a solicitor in 1984 and has specialised in personal injury for over 25 years. He is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) and is a recognised Law Society Personal Injury Panel expert.