Asbestosis compensation claims
Asbestos was widely used in Scotland during parts of the twentieth century with people working in sectors such as construction, ship and dock yards often exposed to asbestos over a long period of time.
Although the use of asbestos is now banned in the UK, thousands of workers were exposed to asbestos and people are continuing to be affected today.
Asbestosis is just one of the diseases that can be caused by asbestos exposure which is a scarring of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos dust, called fibrosis.
What are the symptoms of asbestosis?
Symptoms can include it feeling difficult to breath, breathlessness, persistent coughing and tiredness.
The symptoms of asbestosis often take many years and in some cases decades to develop so it may be that you have developed symptoms some time after working in a sector which used asbestos.
How much exposure would cause asbestosis?
There is no agreed of known ‘safe’ or ‘acceptable’ level of exposure. However, to develop asbestosis would require a high level of exposure to asbestos dust.
There is a relationship between the amount of asbestos dust someone is exposed to and developing asbestosis. Scarring of the lungs can be caused in other ways so it is possible that if a person has only low-level exposure to asbestos, this may not be the cause of their fibrosis.
If you have been diagnosed with asbestosis as the result of asbestos exposure, you are entitled to make a claim for asbestosis compensation.
At Digby Brown, we have the experience and expertise to trace companies, even if they are no longer running, and establish liability.
We are passionate about helping people access justice and get them the best level of compensation that we can using our no win no fee funding, Compensate.
We recently won a landmark case for compensation for pleural plaques, by challenging the agreed framework, and gained double the amount of compensation for any pleural plaques claim that has been previously settled.
No win no fee personal injury solicitors
The expression “No Win – No Fee” is often used in personal injury cases. It is used as a way of funding a compensation claim where the accident victim does not have the means to pay for the costs involved as the case progresses.
A number of solicitors are prepared to handle personal injury cases on a “No Win – No Fee” basis but very few are able to offer their clients complete protection if the case is unsuccessful.
In that event, the client could end up being liable for many thousands of pounds in legal expenses or the case won't be fully investigated and therefore likely to under-settle.
Compensate 'no win no fee' funding
Digby Brown has its own funding company, Compensate, which provides the funding to allow the case to be fully investigated, employ the best experts surrounding the circumstances of the accident and/or injuries sustained and where and if necessary go to court.
If for whatever reason the case is unsuccessful, Compensate pays all your legal expenses and those of your opponent – you pay nothing.
On average our clients receive over 3 times the pre-litigation offer
Because of Compensate funding Digby Brown's success rate is extremely high and on average our clients receive three times the pre-litigation offer.
In the event the case is successful, a small percentage of your damages will be deducted with VAT to pay for this service. The percentage which Compensate will charge depends on the degree of risk involved. We believe that this is the fairest method of giving clients access to justice whilst ensuring their cases are fully investigated, prepared and funded.
Beware of compensation offers which may be too good
We know you will have seen many adverts offering 100% compensation or telling you that you will not lose any of your compensation, however we believe there are a number of problems with companies that do this.
- How do they make their money if they don’t charge you anything?
- If they aren’t taking any money from you, the client, what incentive do they have to ensure you receive the right level of compensation, appropriate to the injuries you have sustained?
- Fully preparing a case, finding out exactly what happened and what the consequences of your injuries may mean in the long term, is expensive, how do they do this properly?
- If they aren’t fully preparing these cases will they just accept the first offer they are given on your behalf by the Insurance company?
- It makes simple business sense, the less work they do the higher their profit margin is - they simply have no incentive to work harder on your behalf.
- These adverts in the main are from English firms on national television which operates in a different way and therefore wouldn’t apply to a Scottish person.
We know from the many client cases we mandate from other firms of solicitors (in the main at the request of the client who is extremely unsatisfied with the service received for the other firm) that many shortcuts are taken in preparation and that the first offer received is being recommended for acceptance, regardless of the value.
Getting something for nothing is usually the first sign of poor service.
Correct level of compensation with Digby Brown
Our experience and statistics show time and time again we will achieve the correct level of compensation which will be substantially more than the insurer is initially prepared to offer.
Even after we have deducted our percentage as a success fee you will gain considerably more than you would have achieved using a 100% compensation model.
Contact Digby Brown's personal injury solicitors
For further information about no win no fee, or anything else, call us on 0333 200 5925 or fill in our enquiry form below and someone will get back in touch with you.
Contact our asbestosis solicitors today
If you think you have developed asbestosis as a result of exposure to asbestos at work, we would encourage you should seek medical advice and contact our specialist asbestosis solicitors as quickly as possible.
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