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Mesothelioma claims

Mesothelioma, or ‘meso’ as it is commonly known, is a devastating and fatal form of cancer caused by breathing in asbestos dust.

More than 2,500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma in the UK every year.

Mesothelioma is typically associated with professions where asbestos use was commonplace for example, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, labourers and laggers. Asbestos was used extensively in industry and buildings in the UK until the late 1970s and even into the 1980s in some areas. Exposure to the substance also occurred as a result of working in places such as boiler rooms, schools and public buildings. It often takes in excess of 40 years for symptoms to develop and there is currently no cure for the disease.

If you or a family member has developed mesothelioma, then you could be entitled to compensation. Contact Thompsons Solicitors today to begin your mesothelioma claim.

Sandra was diagnosed with right pleural mesothelioma in September 2017. She speaks out about how her mesothelioma diagnosis has affected her and her loved ones.

Why you should trust Thompsons Solicitors with your Mesothelioma claim

Thompsons Solicitors is a member of the Mesothelioma UK Legal Panel, which recognises the firm’s significant expertise in fighting for the rights of asbestos victims.

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We are experts in all asbestos claims and have a team of specialist mesothelioma solicitors. We will be able to advise you whether or not you have a valid claim for mesothelioma compensation.

Our mesothelioma lawyers also work closely with asbestos support groups to offer vital support to individual clients and family members who have been affected by mesothelioma.

As a firm, we’ve signed the Mesothelioma Patient Charter which promotes the highest standards of care and legal advice for mesothelioma patients and their families, and calls on the government and employers to maximise services, funding, safety and prevention to protect and support those who have been exposed to asbestos.

We will be happy to talk you through the process of making a claim for mesothelioma compensation in plain English and will be able to answer any questions or queries you may have. Call us today on 0800 0 224 224 or complete our online claim form.

Frequently Asked Questions about Mesothelioma claims

1. What is mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer which is caused by exposure to asbestos. It is most commonly contracted due to exposure to asbestos at work.

There are two main forms of mesothelioma; pleural mesothelioma, where a tumour forms on the lining of the lungs, and the less common peritoneal mesothelioma, where a tumour develops on the lining of the abdomen.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for mesothelioma and normal life expectancy will be reduced after a diagnosis is confirmed. It will usually be investigated whether surgery, chemotherapy or radiotherapy would be of benefit to the victim, however, mesothelioma is considered to be a terminal illness.

2. Who is at risk of developing mesothelioma?

Mesothelioma is associated with certain professions where asbestos use was commonplace. This includes boilermakers, electricians, carpenters, builders, pipe fitters and plumbers, however, it is not limited to these professions.

3. Who can claim for mesothelioma compensation?

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with mesothelioma within the last three years, or if a family member has passed away from mesothelioma within the last three years, then our solicitors can help you make a mesothelioma claim. The three-year time limit is from the date of the diagnosis or death – not the date the exposure took place.

Contact our mesothelioma solicitors for legal advice on how to make a claim.

4. Can I still make a mesothelioma claim if the company I worked for when I was exposed to asbestos no longer exists?

Yes. Even if the employer no longer exists, your mesothelioma lawyer can still pursue a claim for you either by tracking down your employer’s former insurer and making a claim against them or if the relevant insurers cannot be located, your mesothelioma lawyer will re-direct the claim to the relevant Scheme. Speak to us today and we can explain your options to seek mesothelioma compensation

Thompsons Solicitors has a long history of acting for those who were exposed to asbestos – we pursued the first-ever claim in the UK for asbestos-related disease – which means that we have an extensive database of employers and insurers. Sometimes former employers try to hide their history of exposing workers to asbestos in the past or try and hide who their insurers were at the time. In these circumstances, we can use our extensive knowledge to help you win your claim.

5. My loved one has died of mesothelioma. Can I still hold their employer to account?

Yes. Certain people associated with those who have died from mesothelioma can still make a claim. This should be done within three years of their death.

6. How much does it cost to make a mesothelioma compensation claim?

If you are a trade union member, you and your family are entitled to free legal advice and support from our mesothelioma solicitors. You’ll also keep 100% of the compensation we secure.

There are other funding options available to those who are not part of a trade union. This includes our ‘no win, no fee’ conditional agreement. You can find more information on how to fund your mesothelioma claim on our fees and payment page.

7. How much compensation could I get for a mesothelioma claim?

The amount of compensation we can secure differs between every case. Though relatively high, mesothelioma compensation is case specific and is calculated by looking at a range of factors including financial losses and care costs. Our mesothelioma solicitors will be able to advise you on the likely level of compensation if the claim is successful.

8. How do I make a mesothelioma claim?

Contact our mesothelioma experts at Thompsons Solicitors on 0800 0 224 224 for legal advice on how to get compensation. Alternatively, you can fill in our online claim form to begin your mesothelioma claim. One of our lawyers will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your case.