At Macks Solicitors, we understand the devastating emotional and financial toll that mesothelioma can take on a family. For those who receive a diagnosis, this is an incredibly difficult time and it is hard to know where to turn.
Our specialist solicitors are on hand to answer your questions about mesothelioma claims and to help you clearly understand what compensation you may be entitled to.
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What Is Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is a rare cancer that impacts mostly the lungs. It is thought that mesothelioma makes up less than 1% of cancer cases in the UK, but this still equates to roughly 7 new cases every single day. Even worse, 94% of mesothelioma cancer cases are thought to be entirely preventable.
This condition is caused by exposure to asbestos, often in the workplace or in buildings that were built or underwent significant structural work between the 1930s and 1970s. Mesothelioma is relatively prevalent in the UK because of the country’s long history of using asbestos-containing materials in the industry. Someone who has been exposed to asbestos may not see symptoms or receive a diagnosis of mesothelioma for many years, often decades, after being exposed.
Those who are most at risk include laggers, construction workers and those working in shipyards, chemical plants or steelworks. Hospitals and school buildings can also contain asbestos, so it’s important to be aware that those working in deteriorating buildings or unmaintained environments could be at risk of exposure too.
If you suspect that you have been exposed to asbestos in the workplace and are suffering health-related consequences, you may be able to claim compensation. Workplace claims for occupation-related illnesses vary considerably case by case so it is recommended that you speak to an experienced asbestos claims solicitor to see what is possible in terms of compensation.
What Are The Symptoms Of Mesothelioma?
Most mesothelioma symptoms are linked to the lungs and respiratory system and often include shortness of breath and a consistent cough or wheezing. Symptoms can also include fatigue, loss of appetite, back pain and weight loss.
Can I Get Compensation For Mesothelioma?
It is possible to receive compensation for mesothelioma in the UK.
In the UK, those who have experienced occupational exposure to asbestos can potentially claim compensation to help them to better deal with this life-altering cancer.
There are a number of factors that can impact the amount of compensation you are entitled to, including your life expectancy, the care you will need, your earnings and your family situation.
To best understand your options for compensation, speak to a specialist mesothelioma solicitor today to explore what is possible for you.
What Is The Average Payout For Mesothelioma?
There are a number of important contributors that can impact potential compensation for mesothelioma. Your age and the severity of your illness can play a large part in the amount you are eligible to claim, as can your financial situation. Claims can vary from about £50,000 to over £1,000,000. We recently settled a claim that was worth more than £1 million for a sufferer of mesothelioma.
In the UK there are a number of avenues to explore when it comes to mesothelioma claims.
You can choose to explore the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS), industry-related disability schemes, or you can try and claim through your employer’s liability insurance. The DMPS scheme ensures that those suffering from mesothelioma can still receive financial support if they are unable to track down their employer and the employer’s insurer.
An experienced solicitor will be able to advise you on which avenues are best and will be able to guide you in a way that helps you to achieve the compensation that you are entitled to.
How Can I Prove Mesothelioma?
Mesothelioma is directly linked to asbestos exposure and there are a few ways to prove that your condition is directly related to work.
Diagnosis – A medical diagnosis of mesothelioma can be achieved through a number of tests and scans.
Occupational history – Recalling your working history may help you to pinpoint the point of exposure and identify which employer may have exposed you to potential asbestos-containing materials.
Witnesses – You may have co-workers, colleagues or even family members who can attest to your exposure and employment in a specific role.
Expert reports – You may be able to request an expert attend the scene of exposure to find evidence of asbestos on site.
The specific evidence you need will vary depending on your case. It is always best to speak to a solicitor who can offer free initial discussions to look at your case.
Our team at Macks Solicitors will be able to help you identify whether your case could mean you are entitled to compensation.
Asbestos Claims After Death for Mesothelioma
If you or your family has experienced a loss directly related to mesothelioma or asbestos exposure you may be able to make a claim to support you financially through this difficult period.
Those claiming on behalf of a loved one who has passed away are usually the executors of the will. They can be direct family members such as a spouse or child but may also be anyone who is financially reliant on the person impacted by mesothelioma.
We understand how hard this time can be and are happy to have a no-obligation initial discussion with you about your options.
How To Make Mesothelioma Claims
At Macks Solicitors, we are experienced in handling mesothelioma and other asbestos claims.
Our dedicated team is uniquely positioned to assist victims and their families in mesothelioma-related claims.
We understand the devastating impact that mesothelioma can have on individuals and their loved ones. That’s why we offer a no-obligation initial consultation, providing advice and support to anyone affected by this devastating asbestos-related cancer.
Our compassionate team is committed to supporting you through every step of the legal process, ensuring your rights are protected and helping you to access the compensation you deserve.
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