Asbestos Disease | Mesothelioma | Compensation Claims
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Types of Asbestos-Related Disease Claims
Asbestosis normally occurs as a result of heavy asbestos exposure over a prolonged period. The disease is a form of fibrosis of the lung. This affects the efficiency of the lungs and the person affected often has symptoms of breathlessness and coughing. This disability generally increases as the person gets older.
Asbestos Induced Lung Cancer
It has been known for more than forty years that asbestos can cause lung cancer. Smokers who have been exposed to asbestos are far more at risk of developing asbestos induced lung cancer than non-smokers. It usually takes 20 years or more from first exposure to develop.
Diffuse Pleural Thickening
Exposure to asbestos can lead to generalised scarring of the pleura, which is the lining of the lungs. This thickening leads to constriction of the lung with consequent loss of lung volume and increasing breathlessness. It can affect one lung or both lungs. It can result in significant disability if it is extensive and affects both lungs. It will generally take 10 years after first exposure to asbestos for it to develop.
Malignant Mesothelioma is the most serious type of asbestos disease. It presents as a tumour on the lining of the lung or sometimes the lining around the abdomen. In the United Kingdom 80/90% of mesotheliomas can be related to exposure to amphibole asbestos fibre. Even relatively low exposure to amphibole asbestos can cause mesothelioma. The average latency period from first exposure to diagnosis is between 30-40 years. Even relatives of people who have worked with asbestos have been known to develop mesothelioma from the asbestos dust brought home on work clothes.
Compensation Payable for Asbestos-Related Diseases
Asbestosis claims can be dealt with on a provisional damages basis or on a full and final basis. A provisional award allows the Claimant to come back to Court for additional compensation, should the degree of disability increase significantly. However, it is more common to have these cases dealt with on a provisional basis. Awards for the personal injury aspect of the disease itself vary between £10,000 and £61,500.
Asbestos-induced Lung Cancer
For the disease itself, awards vary between £50,000 and £66,000. In addition, the Claimant may also be able to claim for loss of past and future earnings, the cost of specialist care, care provided by the Claimant’s family and any special needs such as the cost of a stairlift or special shower or bed.
Diffuse Pleural Thickening
Awards vary, depending on the degree of disability. However, typically, awards for the injury itself range between £10,000 and £50,000.
Awards of compensation for mesothelioma can be significant. Courts frequently award between £35,000 and £83,750 for the disease itself. In addition, it will generally be possible to claim for past and future loss of earnings, the cost of specialist care or equipment and any private medical expenses. As a result, some awards can be in excess of £250,000.
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