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Frequently asked questions

Asbestos is the biggest cause of work related deaths in the UK. Over 2000 people die each year from asbestos related cancers in the UK.

It can take decades for problems arising as a result of asbestos exposure to develop. Cases are expected to reach their peak between 2015 and 2020.

Bringing a claim will help you to ease yours and your family’s financial burdens. It will also ensure that the person or organisation responsible for you contracting an asbestos related condition are held to account. This will help prevent the same mistake happening again.

Securing a compensation payment is important, especially in more complex cases and where long term specialist care and assistance is required. This can be traumatic and give rise to anxiety but establishing a claim means that individuals and their families will not have to struggle financially as a result.

Q. It is many years since I was exposed to asbestos. Can I still claim?

A. Yes, if we can locate the company or person who exposed you, or their insurers. The vast majority of our clients are making claims following exposure to asbestos in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. We are experts in tracking down companies and their insurers.

Q. The company I was employed by is no longer trading or in existence. Can I still claim?

A. Yes, providing we can identify their insurers. We are experts in doing this and have successfully recovered compensation where other law firms have failed.

Q. But nobody knew of the dangers of asbestos all those years ago did they?

A. Many companies and institutions were aware, or should have been, that asbestos was a hazardous substance. Many unfortunately took insufficient steps to safeguard their employees from the dangers of asbestos. Depending on which industry you have worked in warnings about the dangers of asbestos may have been given, even before World War II.

Q. But I did not work with asbestos myself, do I have a claim?

A. Many people believe that in order to make a claim it is necessary to have worked directly with asbestos for a long time. This is not the case.

Our expert lawyers will discuss your employment history with you and advise you on whether a claim is possible. You may only have worked intermittently with asbestos or simply in an area where asbestos was used. You may not even have worked with it at all – it may be you were exposed to asbestos because you lived near an asbestos factory, or because you washed the work clothes for someone who worked with asbestos. You may have been exposed at school and we have even succeeded with unusual cases, for example, claims arising from asbestos fallout from fire.

Q. I have no idea where I might have been exposed. Can I still claim?

A. We do need to provide evidence of exposure. However many people have been exposed to asbestos without knowing. This does not necessarily mean that you cannot claim. As a result of our expertise in asbestos related disease claims, we have archives which describe many processes which give rise to the release of asbestos. We can also advertise for independent witnesses who may well be able to assist.

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related condition you should contact our asbestos claims team at or on 0800 884 0718 to find out if you can make a claim.

Q. I no longer live in the UK. Can I still claim?

A. Please see our section on expat claims.

To talk to our specialist asbestos claims team confidentially and without any commitment or cost call us on our free phone number 0800 884 0718 or email us at

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