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Boyes Turner’s mesothelioma and asbestos claims team is one of the most experienced industrial disease teams in the country and is nationally recognised for its handling of complex and substantial cases. 

We have helped recover over £3.5 million in compensation in the past 12 months for those with asbestos related diseases. 

The team has long standing relationships with many agencies and charities that help people with asbestos related diseases, and their families, receive as much assistance and support as possible during a very difficult time.

What is asbestos?

Asbestos is the single greatest cause of work related deaths in the UK. It was used extensively from the 1940s to the 1980s as a building material and any building built before 2000 could potentially contain asbestos. It was widely used for its heat resistant properties in both residential and industrial buildings, ships, schools and other public buildings.

Why choose our asbestos experts?

Boyes Turner’s mesothelioma and asbestos claims team is one of the most experienced industrial disease teams in the country and is nationally recognised for its handling of complex and substantial cases. 

Laura Magson

Director

Meet the team

Boyes Turner’s mesothelioma and asbestos claims team is one of the most experienced industrial disease teams in the country and is nationally recognised for its handling of complex and substantial cases. 

How our solicitors can help you

Which asbestos related conditions can I make a compensation claim for?

There are a number of different asbestos conditions which you can claim for:

Mesothelioma is a tumour which affects the mesothelium, most commonly in the lining of the lung, but can also affect the abdominal cavity, heart or testes.

​It is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos and has a long latency period of typically between 20 and 50 years. Mesothelioma can develop even after relatively low levels of exposure to asbestos. It can also occur following indirect exposure to asbestos, for example when washing overalls which have asbestos fibres on them, exposure within a school, or environmentally as a result of living close to an asbestos factory.

Lung cancer can be caused or contributed to by asbestos exposure. There are no clinical means of distinguishing between lung cancer caused by asbestos and lung cancer caused by smoking.
People who smoke and have been exposed to asbestos are at a significantly increased risk of developing lung cancer. Those who have not smoked but who have had asbestos exposure are also at risk of developing lung cancer.

 Asbestosis is fibrosis of the lungs caused by breathing in asbestos fibres. It is usually individuals who have had significant exposure to asbestos over several years who go on to develop asbestosis. The effects normally appear 20 years or more after exposure. It can cause breathlessness and may become more severe over time.
 

Asbestos related diffuse pleural thickening is a benign thickening of the pleural membrane surrounding the lungs. It can cause breathlessness and may become more severe over time. The effects normally appear 20 years or more after exposure. 

How much compensation can I get for an asbestos claim?

General damages

In a successful case, general damages are awarded for the asbestos related condition itself and the accompanying pain, suffering and loss of amenity. The Judicial College Guidelines provide a framework for the assessment of general damages and give the following brackets (as at 2019) for asbestos related diseases:

  • Mesothelioma - £55,830-£100,350 
  • Asbestos related lung cancer - £61,410 - £85,340 
  • Asbestos related diseases - 10% and above – £33,700 - £92,820 
  • Asbestos related diseases - 1-10% lung function impairment – £13,230 to £33,700

The independent medical evidence we will obtain to support your claim will assist us in valuing your claim. 

Special damages

In addition to general damages, other financial losses arising as a direct result of your asbestos related condition can also be claimed in the event of a successful claim.

This can include:

  • Care and assistance – where you have or will have to pay for professional care then we can include the cost of this in your claim.  Furthermore, we can include an equivalent cost of care provided by family members or a hospice
  • Lost income – both past and future loss of earnings can be included in appropriate cases, for example where you have to take time off work or retire early because of your condition
  • Services – if you now have to pay for help around the home as a result of your asbestos related condition, for example for cleaning, DIY, gardening or window cleaning then the cost of this can be included in the claim
  • Dependants – if you are claiming for the loss of a loved one following an asbestos related death there may be a claim for statutory bereavement damages, for services and/or care provided and for financial dependency
  • Out of pocket expenses – you can include in your claim the cost of aids and equipment reasonably required, for travel expenses incurred as a direct result of your condition, prescription charges and increased living costs
  • Medical treatment – the cost of private medical care or alternative therapies can also be included in your claim

Settlement on a provisional damages or full & final damages basis

If the independent medical evidence we obtain supports that there are future asbestos related risks then there will be the option of looking to settle your claim on a provisional damages basis instead of on a full and final damages basis.

A provisional damages settlement enables you to recover compensation for your current condition on the basis that any future risks do not materialise but there will be a court order specifying certain terms which will enable you to re-open your case and return for further compensation, often where your asbestos related condition deteriorates or a new asbestos related condition develops.

On the other hand, settlement on a full and final damages basis will give you an enhanced award of compensation, taking into account (and “buying off”) any future risks.

You would be unable to return for further compensation in the future if you have settled your claim on a full and final basis, even if your asbestos related condition deteriorates or a new asbestos related condition develops.

Types of asbestos claims

Asbestosis compensation

It is usually individuals who have had significant exposure to asbestos, over several years, who go on to develop asbestosis. The effects normally appear 20 years or more after exposure. It can cause breathlessness and may become more severe over time.

Hospice claims

When we act for someone suffering with an asbestos-related disease who has had some hospice care or support, we look to include the hospice’s costs, excluding any NHS-funded element, in the compensation claim. If the claim is successful, we can then reimburse the hospice their charitable outlay.

Mesothelioma compensation

It may be that you did not come into contact with asbestos through your work. We also act for people who contracted mesothelioma through washing a loved one’s overalls, by living near to an asbestos factory or by attending a school where asbestos was disturbed. We may also be able to bring a claim on behalf of those who believe they were exposed to asbestos whilst they were self-employed.

Asbestos related lung cancer

Even if you were a smoker, it is possible that asbestos exposure has contributed to your lung cancer. This is because the risk of developing lung cancer increases in direct proportion to the level of your exposure to asbestos dust.

Expat asbestos disease compensation

If you are suffering from an asbestos related disease or condition and may have been exposed to asbestos whilst working in the UK, or for a UK based or owned company, you may be entitled to claim compensation.

Coroner inquest representation

If someone dies from an asbestos related disease, or there is a concern that a death is in some way linked to asbestos, an inquest or investigation into the death will be carried out by a coroner.

Pleural thickening compensation

Pleural thickening can occur due to asbestos exposure if airborne asbestos particles become embedded in the pleura, causing inflammation and scarring. The effects of pleural thickening normally appear 20 years or more after exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos compensation after death

If you have lost a loved one due to mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestosis, pleural thickening or any other disease caused by exposure to asbestos, claiming compensation can never truly make up for that loss, but it can make life much easier for you and your family during this difficult time.

How long do I have to make an asbestos claim?
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Can I make a claim on behalf of a loved one who has died?
Who will be paying for my asbestos claim?
What if I was not exposed to asbestos at work?
What can I claim for?
What benefits are available for different asbestos related diseases?
How should my employer have protected me against asbestos exposure?
Will my asbestos case go to court?
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Awards & Accreditations

Our teams have been nationally recognised over the past decade for their dedication and commitment to securing maximum compensation for our clients

What our clients say

Our clients constantly recognize us as the most experienced, professional, efficient and supportive

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"It has been a long battle but we got there in the end"

I would like to take this opportunity to say a big thank you to you and your team for all your hard work, passion, dedication and professionalism which resulted in my successful claim.It has been a long battle but we got there in the end. Whatever happens in the future I now have the financial security that I deserve for myself and my family. I can now focus on my health and happiness.

M - Boyes Turner Client

"Friendly, warm and professional throughout"

Laura's handling of my Father's case has been excellent. She gave us every confidence in her from the moment of the first telephone conversation through to the conclusion of a successful claim· and beyond. The care and compassion·-she has· shown to my parents through the most difficult time of their lives has been incredible. Friendly, warm and professional throughout, Laura expedited Dad's case against his former employer to a successful conclusion within 5 months. Giving my parents peace of mind that they are financially secure and Dad can pursue further treatment options if he wishes, which will be funded by the former employer.aura explained everything to us as a family and made the process as simple as it could possibly be. She held our hands (figuratively), explaining, guiding and answering all of our questions, communication throughout was superb. The excellent support and service provided by Laura and her team wasn't held up or interrupted in any way, even through the difficult months of the Covid-19 Lockdown. Laura has been a pleasure to deal with. We will be forever grateful that Laura agreed to take on my Father's case.

Suzanne Dyble

"I am glad that I came to your firm "

Just wanted to write to let you know just how much I appreciate all the work you have put into my case since you took over. I am now looking forward to being able to try and put all this behind me. I am more than happy at the way that this has finished and I am glad that I came to your firm as if it was not for your help I would not have gained this result. You have changed my life for the better. 

Boyes Turner client

"We cannot thank you enough "

I must say we were both staggered at not only succeeding in a claim of any sort (as you know I never did believe I had a snowball’s chance in hell), and that the amount you have obtained on my behalf. We cannot thank you enough. 

Mr & Mrs W, Northumberland

"It has made a significant difference"

May I take this opportunity to thank you for your support with my case. My family and I are very pleased with the outcome and without your efforts we would not have been successful. Over the months I feel we have gained a mutual friendship and I fully appreciate all your support on both a professional and a personal basis. It has made a significant difference. 

Mrs K