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If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with an asbestos related illness such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural thickening, or lung cancer, it may be possible to pursue a compensation asbestos claim. If you have sadly lost a loved one due to an asbestos related disease, compensation may also be due.

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Asbestos refers to a set of six naturally occurring

Fibrous Minerals

Among these, chrysotile and amosite asbestos are most common.







Asbestos is classified as a human carcinogen.


Asbestos fibres are microscopic (roughly .02 times the diameter of a human hair), and therefore, are easily inhaled. Once inhaled, the fibres cling to the respiratory system, including the lining of the lungs and inner cavity tissue and the body cannot expel them.

Asbestos has been linked with more than a dozen diseases.

Asbestos Illnesses

The four main illnesses caused by asbestos are:


A form of cancer mainly affecting the lining of the lungs


Related lung cancer


A non-malignant scarring of the lung tissue

Non-malignant pleural disease

Diffuse pleural thickening and pleural plaques

Symptoms of an asbestos-related illness can include


Severe shortness of breath and tightness in the chest

Persistent cough


Chest pain

Unexplained weight loss

Fluid around the lungs

Particularly devastating diagnosis to receive


Mesothelioma is a particularly devastating diagnosis to receive, as there is no cure and the average life expectancy after the disease has been discovered is only 12-21 months. The symptoms of some asbestos-related diseases do not reveal themselves for some time, in some cases up to 40 years after the initial exposure to the substance.

When exposed at work there is a high risk of damage

Work Related

People who have been exposed to asbestos through their work are at the highest risk of damage to their lungs. This includes carpenters, plumbers, electricians, laggers, painters and builders. Those who worked in shipbuilding, railway engineering and factories manufacturing asbestos products are also at risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.

We have represented a number of secondary victims


Secondary-asbestos exposure can also cause fatal diseases. Many wives of asbestos workers who washed overalls and other work clothing have become victims of an asbestos-related disease despite never setting foot in a factory or construction site. We have represented a number of secondary victims of asbestos-related illness and have won significant compensation for them.

If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness, you may be able to claim compensation. You can also claim if you are a family member (such as a spouse or child) of someone who has died from an asbestos-related disease.

Instruct an experienced solicitor who understands the process of making compensation claims

Making a Claim

The first step towards claiming compensation is to instruct an experienced solicitor who understands the process of making compensation claims for asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma in the UK.

Has your employer ceased trading?

Because illnesses born from asbestos exposure can take decades to develop, it is common, due to the length of time elapsed between the employment in question and the start of the claim proceedings, for the employer to have ceased trading. In these cases, our experts will go to great lengths to have the company temporarily reinstated where necessary in order to pursue the claim.

Are multiple employers liable?

Another common factor in asbestos claims is where multiple employers could be liable. If this is the situation, we will issue proceedings against all the parties involved.

Jiva Solicitors

To find out more, please contact our asbestos claims solicitors here at JIVA Solicitors Limited on 0343 212 0838 to discuss your claim further, email us at mail@jivasolicitorsid.co.uk

We’ll advise on whether we think you have a case and discuss your options.

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