If you have Mesothelioma and it can be proved that someone else was responsible for your asbestos exposure, you may be able to take legal action to claim compensation.
The estate and dependants (wife, partner, children and others) of a Mesothelioma sufferer can also take legal action to claim compensation. Claims by the dependants can be commenced following the death of the Mesothelioma sufferer.
Legal action taken against former employers is mainly dealt with by the employers’ insurance companies and action may still be possible even if the employer no longer exists provided the employer’s insurance company can be traced.
If you are thinking of making a claim for compensation it is advisable to seek legal advice quickly as there is a statutory 3 year limit for making a claim. It is important that the Mesothelioma sufferer’s evidence is recorded in statement form as soon as possible. The Mesothelioma sufferer’s recollection of events can be essential to the success of a claim.
The 3 year limit applies from when you knew you had an asbestos related disease and also 3 years after the death of someone with Mesothelioma. However, the 3 year limit is not always strictly enforced – your solicitor will be able to advise you on this matter.