At Thompsons, our specialist asbestos solicitors work tirelessly to secure the maximum compensation possible for clients suffering from mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases.

We consistently secure six-figure compensation amounts for individuals who were exposed to asbestos at work. We have also helped secure compensation for those who were exposed in other ways, for example at school or through a family member who worked with asbestos.

In this guide, we outline the average compensation amounts for different types of asbestos claims and provide examples of settlements we have won for our clients.

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If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, contact us today to talk to one of our asbestos solicitors. In your free, no-obligation consultation, we can talk you through the claims process and provide you with an estimate of how much compensation you could be entitled to.



How much is the average compensation payout amount for asbestos claims?

The amount of compensation paid out in an asbestos claim can range from £10,000 to £1,000,000+.

The amount you receive in compensation depends on the impact the asbestos exposure has had on your life. Factors that will be used to calculate the payout amount include:

  • Any financial losses, such as loss of earnings
  • The amount of pain and suffering that has been caused
  • The type of asbestos-related disease the individual is suffering from.

Diseases caused by asbestos include mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening, and lung cancer.


What is the average compensation payout for mesothelioma?

The compensation amount awarded to people with mesothelioma can vary significantly but is often between £50,000 and £1,000,000+.

The level of damages awarded in each case depends on a range of factors, including age, ability to work, care requirements, the effect on life expectancy, and the effect on any loved ones the person lives with or looks after. Mesothelioma is a life changing disease that often causes serious disability and leads to premature death, which means the impacts are usually significant.

For those unable to locate those responsible for their exposure to asbestos, a government scheme awards compensation to people who were diagnosed with mesothelioma after July 2012. The average amount awarded through this scheme is around £144,000.


Examples of mesothelioma settlements

Thompsons has been involved in all test cases around asbestos-related disease. We have extensive experience of recovering mesothelioma compensation for our clients, including:

  • £900,000 for a woman from the West Midlands who developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos while working as a junior clerk.
  • £351,000 plus ongoing private treatment costs for a 77-year-old from the North East who was exposed to asbestos while working as a mechanical fitter for ICI. So far ICI has paid £95,000 in private treatment costs.
  • £185,000 plus ongoing private treatment costs for a woman from Swadlincote. She developed mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos dust from her father’s contaminated work clothes in the late 1960s.
  • £510,000 for a 59-year-old electrician from Nottinghamshire who was exposed to asbestos while working for several electrical contractors in the East Midlands.
  • £180,000 plus the costs of private immunotherapy treatment for a heating engineer from London. His job involved using asbestos rope and cutting up asbestos flues to size.
  • £130,000 plus ongoing private treatment costs for an 80-year-old man who developed mesothelioma as a result of working with asbestos lagged pipework at various refineries in Pembrokeshire.
  • £85,000 for a 79-year-old cafeteria worker who was exposed to asbestos while working for Cornwall Council in school kitchens in St Ives and Hayle.
  • £610,000 for the family of an architect from the West Midlands who passed away from his disease.


What is the average compensation amount for asbestosis?

Payouts awarded to those suffering from asbestosis vary depending on the extent that people have been affected by their condition.

Asbestosis impacts lung function, leading to breathing difficulties that affect physical activity, social and working life.


Examples of asbestosis compensation amounts

Thompsons has secured many asbestosis settlements for our clients, including:

  • £42,500 for a 75-year-old man who developed asbestosis as a result of working for the CEGB at Aberthaw in South Wales. He had since moved to New Zealand, so we managed the claim remotely.
  • £168,000 for the estate of a man from the West Midlands who was exposed to asbestos while working as a joiner.
  • £90,000 for a 90-year-old man from Great Yarmouth, who was employed by the CEGB as an engineer at two local power stations. The payout has helped fund the costs of his home help.
  • £55,489 for an 83-year-old woman from Ingleby Barwick, Stockton-on-Tees, who worked as a packer for Cork Insulation Company at their factory in Thornaby.
  • £66,549 for the family of a man from North Shields who passed away from his condition. He was exposed to asbestos while working at a power station.


What is the average compensation payment for pleural thickening?

Those suffering from pleural thickening can expect to receive at least £10,000, depending on the severity of the condition and the impact on daily life.


Examples of pleural thickening compensation amounts

Pleural thickening settlements that our asbestos solicitors have secured include:

  • £15,000 in provisional damages for a 64-year-old project manager from the north-east of England, who developed asymptomatic pleural thickening. He worked as an engineer in the shipyard in Barrow in Furness and in the Merchant Navy. An award of provisional damages allows our client to return for further damages in the event he suffers from a significant deterioration in his condition.
  • £14,641 for a sheet metal worker from Wallsend, Tyne and Wear who developed asbestos-related pleural thickening.


How much compensation for asbestos-related lung cancer?

The amount of compensation for asbestos-related lung cancer depends on age, ability to work and effect on life expectancy, as well as whether any other factors such as smoking could have contributed to the disease.


Examples of asbestos-related lung cancer compensation amounts

  • We secured £60,000 for the estate of a man who died from asbestos-related lung cancer aged 72. He worked for six different companies as a lagging contractor in various locations around the UK.