The use of asbestos may now be banned in the UK, but it still has a devastating impact on families today.

According to research from the Health and Safety Executive, there are over 5,000 asbestos-related deaths every year in the UK. Around 2,500 of these deaths are due to mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. Asbestos is one of the most common causes of lung cancer, behind smoking, and the number of people killed by asbestos exposure will continue to rise until 2020.

Nothing can ever compensate for the loss of a beloved husband, father or sister. However, with asbestos still devastating thousands of lives today, it is only right that those who negligently exposed people to asbestos are held to account for the pain and suffering they have caused and provide financial security for the bereaved.

Seeking asbestos compensation after the death of a loved one

For many, seeking asbestos compensation after the death of a loved one can be a difficult decision. Asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma usually develop decades after exposure and people are often worried that it was too long ago or the companies that exposed them to asbestos are no longer trading. However, with specialist advice, these issues can be overcome and financial support secured.

If you have lost a loved one as a result of an asbestos-related disease, here is what you need to know about starting an asbestos compensation claim for a family member.

The family member’s working history

Contact with asbestos is most likely to have occurred at a workplace. Helping to locate the family member’s former places of work can be vital in pinpointing where to seek compensation for an asbestos claim after death. Our specialist asbestos team solicitors can help you to track down previous employers and hold them accountable, even if their workplace is no longer operating. We use national insurance records to trace former employers and the Employment Liability Tracing Office to find their insurance companies. We also have access to an extensive database of witnesses who have indicated their willingness to speak out in support of others exposed to asbestos.

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

We can draw on this database to find evidence of asbestos exposure in numerous workplaces around the country, including workplaces in Scotland and Northern Ireland. We can also utilise our own extensive experience, stretching back to the first ever asbestos claim in 1972, to help families identify where people might have been exposed to asbestos in the past.

Building up a picture of your family member

When making an asbestos compensation claim it is important to have as much information as possible about the person who has suffered from the disease. We speak with family members, former work colleagues and review medical records to create a picture of the deceased, their history of asbestos exposure and the impact that asbestos disease had upon them and their family. We work with leading specialist medical experts who can provide more information about the asbestos-related disease to support your claim for compensation. We also offer experienced support by helping with the Coroner’s inquest at what we know can be a distressing time for the family.

Leonard, whose wife passed away after being exposed to asbestos

Local specialist help

Once you have contacted us we can also put you in contact with local asbestos support groups. These groups are members of the Forum of Asbestos Victims Support Groups and are recognised charities working to support families affected by asbestos related disease.

They can offer specialist benefits advice, bereavement support and access to information about asbestos related diseases which you may find interesting or helpful to you. They also offer a community of people who have been on the same journey, and are ready and willing to offer whatever support you may find you need, either immediately or in the future.

We also work closely with national charity, Mesothelioma UK, who can also offer information and support about asbestos related diseases, and related issues. To find out more, please visit their website at www.mesothelioma.uk

Of course, nothing can mitigate the emotional devastation caused by losing a loved one to an asbestos-related disease. However, when the family is ready, our specialists can help them to make a claim for compensation.

Make a claim for an asbestos disease

If you have lost a family member to an asbestos-related disease you can call our asbestos specialist team on 0800 0 224 224 or contact us online.

For more information on making a claim, or for information on our specialists in your area, please visit our asbestos claims page.