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More about mesothelioma claims
Mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure commonly occurs occupationally, environmentally or as a result of secondhand exposure. If mesothelioma was caused by exposure to asbestos at work you may be able to claim from your employer at the time, even if they are no longer in business. These cases therefore require persistence and sometimes a great deal of detective work.
It is often impossible to obtain records of work practices from companies that have ceased trading and sometimes, where the claim is brought after the mesothelioma victim has died, there is no evidence from them as to how they were exposed. In these circumstances, we have to rely upon witness statements from former workmates for information about how the exposure occurred, sometimes using local press and radio appeals.
In other cases someone may have been exposed to asbestos in a public building, council property or by washing a husband's overalls.
Typically, we will also obtain GP and hospital records and reports by medical experts who can give a prognosis and estimate of life expectancy. The claim will also recover any financial losses as well as the costs of any specialist care and equipment that may be needed to make life a little more bearable. Financial provision can also be made for loved ones.
However, unlike other medical negligence/personal injury litigation, a claimant retains 100% of their award in a successful mesothelioma claim. All the solicitor's costs, disbursements and insurance premiums are recoverable from the losing defendant.