Mesothelioma claims

Asbestos was known to have harmful effects as far back as 1898, yet employers still expose staff to it without adequate safety equipment or training.

The result of this extensive exposure to the substance is tens of thousands of people who have found themselves suffering from devastating diseases such as mesothelioma.

What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a form of cancer which develops when tiny asbestos particles work their way into the pleura (the lining of the lungs). 

The cells that are created as a result then divide and multiply, attacking and damaging nearby tissue. 

In addition to permanently damaging the lungs, these cancerous cells can spread to other areas of the body including the peritoneum (the lining of the abdominal cavity) and the pericardium (the sac that surrounds the heart).

Symptoms of mesothelioma

The symptoms of mesothelioma are often mistaken for pneumonia and include:

  • Coughing which is unlike previous coughs
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Hoarseness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weight loss
  • Pain in the chest (or in the abdomen if the mesothelioma occurs in the peritoneum)

Making a mesothelioma claim

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with the condition, you could be eligible to make a mesothelioma compensation claim, you can pursue a claim against your employer at the time of your original exposure.

Mesothelioma claims must commence no later than three years from diagnosis but if the claimant has already died, then the claim can still be pursued by their family within three years from the date of death.

In most cases, claims are made against former employers. Even if an employer closed down a business many years ago it is still possible to pursue a compensation claim, as long as their insurers can be traced. The insurers of the employer or company who exposed the claimant to asbestos will then be liable to pay the claim.

How we can help

At YouClaim we have helped many victims receive the compensation they deserve after contracting mesothelioma as a result of coming into contact with asbestos.

If your employer has failed to provide an adequately safe working environment in which to handle asbestos, then you are in your legal power to pursue a mesothelioma compensation claim.

Call our expert solicitors team today on 0800 10 757 95 or fill out an online enquiry form and we will be in touch.

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