If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, such as mesothelioma, and can identity that you were exposed to asbestos at work, you may be entitled to compensation. If you are not able to establish when you were exposed to asbestos or if the company you worked for and their insurer are both untraceable, you may be able to claim under a government scheme.
If you have developed mesothelioma in a non-work environment, there is another government scheme that you may be able to make a claim through. Speak to a solicitor with expertise in this area and they will be able to guide you through the different laws and avenues for making a claim.
Two families have won compensation after a family member died following cancer caused by exposure to asbestos, considered to be at a ‘low level.’ The claims were made against a local council who argued that the claims would need to prove that exposure had at least ‘doubled the risk’ of developing mesothelioma. However, the Supreme Court ruled that the families were entitled to compensation and that whether the level of asbestos was too low to be considered was a decision to be made by judges according to the circumstances of individual cases. It is hoped that this decision will help many other families to claim the compensation they are entitled to.