Here are some common questions and answers about asbestos related illnesses.
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How Are Asbestos Illnesses Caused?
If your job or workplace exposed you to asbestos dust or fibres it is possible that you may have developed an asbestos related illness as a result. Such exposure has been regarded as an occupational hazard for many years and your employer should have taken steps to minimise your exposure.
Are There Different Types Of Asbestos Illnesses?
Yes. The different types of illness can vary in severity from a minor condition with few physical symptoms to malignant and fatal conditions. You may have grounds for a claim if you are suffering from mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis or pleural thickening.
Can I make a claim?
You need not be still employed by your employer to make an asbestos related illness claim. You don’t need to have had a formal diagnosis of your illness or to have received medical treatment for your condition in order to make a claim. You can claim even if you were exposed to asbestos many years ago. Asbestos related illnesses can take many years to develop. If you have suffered an asbestos related illness, we will give you free, no obligation advice as to whether you have a claim.
What do I have to pay?
Since our firm was established, we prided ourselves on our clients receiving 100% of their compensation. As solicitors, we claim our legal fees from our opponents on top of any compensation and therefore, we gave the guarantee that our clients receive 100% compensation.
However, following Government changes and the introduction of the Legal Aid, Punishment and Sentencing of Offenders Act which came into force on the 1 April 2013, we are now not able to recover all of our legal fees from our opponent and therefore only on successful cases, we do make a small charge from our client’s compensation. Therefore, if you are successful in your claim there will be a charge of up to 20% (plus 4% VAT) of your compensation. If for whatever reason, you are unsuccessful we will make no charge for our work and therefore our agreement remains a no win, no fee agreement. Given the new rules will allow solicitors and claims management companies to charge a fee of up to 50% of the compensation awarded (and we are aware of firms who do this), we think our small deduction is very competitive and keeping in the tradition of ensuring clients get the maximum, and as much of the compensation as possible.
What does “No Win, No Fee” actually mean?
It is simple: if you do not succeed in your claim, you pay nothing.
Will I have to fill out loads of paperwork?
No, we will be able to do most of the necessary paperwork for you. You will have to check the details of your claim before it is submitted, but we will assist you with this.
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Is There Any Other Support Available?
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness, you may wish to view a support website and forum which can be found at www.mesothelioma.uk.com. This is an independent web site. We do not contribute to or modify the content in any way.