Asbestos disease is caused by the inhalation of asbestos dust. An asbestos disease can take decades to develop and symptoms, treatment and a patient’s prognosis vary according to the type of asbestos disease a person is suffering from.

If you or someone you know has developed an asbestos-related disease, then you could be entitled to asbestos compensation. Contact Thompsons Solicitors to begin your asbestos claim.


Thompsons Solicitors is established as one of the leading firms of asbestos litigation solicitors. We brought about the first-ever successful case for asbestos-related disease compensation in the UK in the House of Lords in 1972.

There are several different types of asbestos-related diseases, such as pleural thickening, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. Thompsons Solicitors specialise in the full range of asbestos claims.

Lisa’s dad, Billy, passed away after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. We helped Lisa trace the companies responsible for exposing her dad to asbestos.

Our asbestos solicitors will support you through every step of your claim and will provide expert legal advice, as well as access to a network of support services and medical professionals.

Call us today on 0800 0 224 224 or fill in our online claim form to start your asbestos compensation claim.


1. What is asbestos?

Asbestos is a natural fibre that was widely used in construction and other industries until it was banned in the 1990s due to its links with serious illnesses, including cancer.

It was mainly used as insulation and to protect buildings from fire. It’s often found around pipes and boilers, but also in homes, workplaces, schools, hospitals and public places.

2. What is an asbestos compensation claim?

An asbestos claim is a legal process taken by someone who has developed an asbestos-related condition as a result of being exposed to asbestos. The claim aims to secure financial compensation from those responsible – often an employer, past or present, who allowed the asbestos exposure to take place. Typically, their insurers will pay out the asbestos compensation awarded.

If you are diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness in the UK, you may appoint one of our asbestos solicitors to explore your claim.

3. Who can make a claim for asbestos compensation?

Anyone who has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease within the last three years should contact Thompsons Solicitors to find out if they can make an asbestos claim.

The three-year time limit for making an asbestos claim relates to the date of diagnosis – not the date the exposure took place, which is often decades in the past.

Family members and loved ones of people diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease can also bring claims against those responsible on their behalf.

4. Could I have been exposed to asbestos?

Asbestos was widely used and it can still be found in buildings today, so a huge range of people could have been exposed to asbestos.

People who are likely to have been in contact with asbestos are:

• Plumbers
• Electricians
• Fitters
• Boilermakers
• Shipbuilders
• Carpenters
• Joiners
• Family members of people working in these industries.

Thompsons Solicitors has also supported clients who have lived or played near areas where asbestos was present.

5. The company I worked for when I was exposed to asbestos no longer exists. Can I still make an asbestos claim?

Even if the employer no longer exists, Thompsons Solicitors’ team of specialists can still pursue a claim by tracing their former insurer.

Where we cannot trace the insurer, there are other schemes through which you may be entitled to claim for asbestos compensation. Thompsons has an unrivalled track record of winning asbestos claims on behalf of people whose former employer sought to hide their history of exposing workers to asbestos.

6. My loved one has died of an asbestos-related illness. Is it too late to hold their employer to account?

It is possible to make a claim for asbestos compensation for a relative who has died of an asbestos-related illness. Ordinarily, this should be done within three years of their death, though there are exceptions to this rule.

For more information about these exceptions, contact our asbestos solicitors.

7. How much does it cost to make an asbestos compensation claim?

There are many ways to fund an asbestos claim. If you are a trade union member, you and your family are entitled to free legal advice and support from our specialist asbestos solicitors.

Every year, Thompsons Solicitors provides free support to thousands of trade union members who keep 100% of the compensation we secure.

If you do not belong to a trade union, there are other funding options to consider. These include a ‘no win, no fee’ or conditional agreement. More details can be found on our fees and payment page.

8. What is the average asbestos compensation amount I could receive?

Compensation is case specific and calculated by looking at a range of factors, including your level of pain or suffering, any disability it has caused, financial losses and care costs.

9. How long will it take for my case to be settled?

It is the priority of every specialist asbestos solicitor at Thompsons Solicitors to quickly establish the facts of the case, identify the parties responsible, make applications to the courts for interim payments (an immediate payment to meet an immediate need) and ultimately work towards achieving a successful outcome within the lifespan of the affected party.

Every case is different but Thompsons Solicitors will always seek to secure maximum compensation in the shortest time possible.

10. How do I make an asbestos compensation claim?

If you or a relative believe you may be entitled to compensation for asbestos-related disease, fill in our quick online claim form and a member of our legal team will be in touch within 24 hours to discuss your asbestos claim. Alternatively, you can call us on 0800 0 224 224.