Mesothelioma Disease Claim: How to claim compensation in the UK for the most common types of mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos dust
Mesothelioma disease claim solicitor explains how malignant pleural, peritoneal and pericardial mesothelioma are contracted from exposure to asbestos dust; how long it takes for symptoms to develop; who can make a asebstos related disease claim; how to claim from a former employer who is no longer trading, what to do if you are diagnosed with mesothelioma and how to obtain free online legal help from a specialist solicitor.
What are the types of mesothelioma disease you can claim compensation for in the UK?
Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer caused from exposure to asbestos dust fibres – which is either breathed into the body or ingested in some other way.
Mesothelioma can be caused by one asbestos fibre embedding in the mesothelium and becoming malignant.
It is generally believed that mesothelioma is more likely to be caused from the straight fibres of either blue or brown asbestos. See our asbestos claim UK article to read about the different types of asbestos dust.
The mesothelium are the sacks which contain certain of the organs in your body – such as your heart and lungs.
There are three main types of mesothelioma, which can develop from exposure to asbestos dust, which include:
1. Pleural mesothelioma
“Pleural mesothelioma” is a malignant cancer affecting the pleura – the sack around your lungs and chest.
2. Peritoneal mesothelioma
“Peritoneal mesothelioma” is a malignant cancer affecting the peritoneum – the sack around your abdomen.
3. Pericardial mesothelioma
“Pericardial mesothelioma” is a malignant cancer affecting the pericardium – the sack surrounding your heart.
How long does it take for the symptoms of mesothelioma disease to develop?
Mesothelioma can take decades to develop and show symptoms from the initial exposure to asbestos fibres.
Regretfully, mesothelioma is fatal – once symptoms start death typically follows a relatively short time afterwards.
Who can make a mesothelioma disease claim?
A mesothelioma disease claim can be made by the victim or by the estate of the deceased mesothelioma victim.
Family members are also entitled to claim in their own right for compensation for the premature death of the mesothelioma victim.
Who can you make a asbestos injury claim against?
Mesothelioma disease claims are generally made against the person or business who is legally at fault for the exposure to asbestos dust. This will generally be an employer or former employer.
A mesothelioma disease claim can still be made even if a former employer is no longer in business – a specialist asbestos compensation solicitor can trace the employer’s liability insurance your former employer had in place at the time of your exposure and hold that insurance company accountable for paying compensation for your injury.
Which employer do you make a mesothelioma disease claim against?
If you had several employers who exposed you to asbestos it is virtually impossible to establish which employer exposed you to the one fatal strand of asbestos which led to your mesothelioma.
Do not despair – an asbestos compensation lawyer can claim against all of the employers who exposed you to asbestos dust.
What should you do if you are suffering from mesothelioma and wish to consider making a claim?
As soon as you are diagnosed with mesothelioma you must act quickly and contact a specialist industrial injury solicitor to commence a mesothelioma disease claim.
Once your compensation claim is commenced should you die before the claim is over – your estate can continue the claim until a resolution is achieved.
Free Online Legal Help If You Are Considering A Mesothelioma Disease Claim
Diagnosis of mesothelioma will be an extremely emotional time and you might want to speak with a specialist solicitor about your potential mesothelioma disease claim or have your claim assessed online free of charge.
We offer a number of asbestos compensation solicitor free help options – choose the free help you require, including asking an online question or speaking to our specialist solicitors about your mesothelioma disease claim.