Q. What causes mesothelioma?
A. 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 contain asbestos. Asbestos was widely used due to its heat resistant properties, in both residential and industrial buildings, ships, schools and other public buildings.
Malignant mesothelioma is extremely rare in the absence of asbestos exposure and there is a direct correlation between the level of exposure to asbestos and the risk of developing mesothelioma.
Mesothelioma can however occur even after relatively low levels of exposure to asbestos. It can also occur following indirect exposure to asbestos for example when women have washed the overalls of men who have asbestos fibres on their clothing, or environmentally as a result of living close to an asbestos factory.
Q. Does mesothelioma get worse?
A. Until very recently it was believed that malignant mesothelioma was an untreatable disease. The average life expectancy following diagnosis is just over a year, with some people surviving three years or more.
Some cases do however respond to aggressive treatment such as radiotherapy or chemotherapy and extensive surgery, although careful consideration should be given to the side effects.
Q. Is compensation available for mesothelioma?
A. Compensation for malignant mesothelioma is available.
If you receive a diagnosis of mesothelioma then you should get in touch with us to discuss the possibility of making a compensation claim. This is even if you haven’t worked directly with asbestos or cannot recall the circumstances of your exposure. It may well be that, after careful questioning, it becomes apparent where and when your exposure to asbestos is likely to have occurred.
Q. How much will it cost to bring a claim?
A. We always provide an initial interview free of charge. At that meeting we will discuss how to fund your claim. We offer Conditional Fee Agreements (CFA's or "no win no fee") and as a client with mesothelioma you will receive 100% of your compensation.
Q. What should I do next?
A. We are happy to discuss the possibility of bringing a claim, without any obligations to take matters further. This is also the case for the families of those with mesothelioma who are entitled to bring a claim on behalf of the estate.
We are also able to assist in making applications for benefits.
Q. Have you helped others like me with mesothelioma?
A. We have many years of experience. Read our case studies to find out how we have helped others.