In this guest post, solicitor Fozia Hussain demystifies the claims process to help people who may be uncertain about whether pursuing a claim is the right option for them.
Fozia is one of the partners at the Asbestos Law Partnership, one of the solicitors that form our Legal Panel, a group of solicitors who have years of experience providing specialist legal advice to people diagnosed with mesothelioma. Find out more here.
Should you get a solicitor?
Many people feel uncertain about getting legal advice when they are first diagnosed with mesothelioma. You may not have had much to do with solicitors over your lifetime, and the need to see one when diagnosed with mesothelioma is probably not the first thing on your mind.
But it is worth thinking about, and in this blog post I hope to help you decide whether it is the right option for you.
Where and when were our clients exposed to asbestos dust?
We have dealt with a wide range of situations in which our clients were exposed. Some of our clients were exposed as recently as the 2000s.
- A primary school pupil exposed due to Cape’s asbestos factory in Hebden Bridge, in the 1950s.
- A housewife who lived opposite a council tip where asbestos was dumped between the 1960s and 1970s.
- A female school cleaner in a Leeds school in the 1980s.
- A science teacher working at a school in Manchester from the 1980s to 2000s.
- A female office worker in an engineering company in Birmingham.
- A service engineer working for an industrial vacuum company in the 1980s.
- A fitter working at a West Midlands power station in the 1960s.
- A welder working for a shipping company in Southampton in the 1970s.
- A maintenance electrician working for hospitals in Manchester from the 1980s to 2000s.
- A labourer in a window factory in Doncaster in the 1960s.
- A warehouse worker in Halifax in the 1970s.
- A turner at a factory in Birmingham in the 1960s and 1970s.
- A lagger working around the UK in the 1960s.
- A maintenance worker for Sheffield City Council in the 1970s.
- A coachbuilder at York Carriage Works in the 1950s.
- A cook in the Merchant Navy in the 1960s.
- A joiner working for a building company in Bolton in the 1960s.
- A manager at GSK in Cheltenham in the 1990s and 2000s.
How long did these cases take?
The majority of the cases for our clients living with mesothelioma were finished within 3 to 9 months.
How much compensation did these clients receive?
These clients received compensation ranging from £200,000 to £1million.
What about the payment of medical treatment including immunotherapy?
All cases for mesothelioma sufferers included provision for the payment of medical treatment in addition to the payment of compensation.
Did any cases go to trial?
No, all the cases were settled without our client attending a court hearing.
Was anyone asked to pay anything or were any legal costs deducted from damages?
No, in all the cases our clients received all of their compensation and were not asked to make any payments for legal costs.