Were you in the military in the 1950s, 1960s or 1970s?
If you were, you could have come into contact with asbestos. This deadly substance can cause incurable chronic diseases, including asbestosis and mesothelioma. If you’ve been diagnosed with any of these illnesses and you are ex-military, you should explore the possibility of claiming for compensation.
Our asbestos solicitors are experienced in dealing with compensation cases against the MoD, so they will be able to advise you on the chances of your claim being successful.
What Are Asbestos Related Diseases?
There are a number of illnesses related to exposure to asbestos, these include:
- pleural thickening
- pleural plaque
- lung cancer
All of these conditions are caused by breathing in asbestos dust. This dust is deadly – it’s sharp and fibrous and sticks in your lungs. While it’s in your lungs it causes damage by cutting the tissue – which, when it scars, will cause you problems breathing. It can also progress into the more deadly diseases of mesothelioma and lung cancer.
Asbestos related Diseases Can Take Up To 50 Years to Show Themselves!
As unbelievable as it may sound, it can take up to 50 years for exposure to asbestos to cause any symptoms at all! This means that people suffering with it may not always understand that there is a link between their exposure to asbestos at work and the suffering they now endure.
Why Was I Exposed to Asbestos?
Asbestos is a miracle – it’s also your worst nightmare! It has a number of features that make it really useful in construction, especially the construction of military vehicles and vessels. Asbestos is virtually indestructible, it’s flexible,
non-flammable, does not corrode and is insulating. As you can image, this makes it great for inclusion in ships and submarines, as well as a number of other uses too. So, pretty much anyone working for the MoD at that time, could have been exposed.
And, it’s not just those who worked directly with asbestos who are at risk. The dust is easily transported into the home on the clothes of those in direct contact. As was the norm at the time, those clothes are more often than not, washed by the wife of the worker. This, sadly, means that other people in the household, who’ve never been in direct contact with asbestos, end up breathing in the toxic dust and also becoming ill.
Because of this, it’s not unheard of for the wives and children of those exposed to asbestos to develop mesothelioma, asbestosis, pleural plaque. Pleural thickening and even lung cancer!
Claiming for Compensation From The MoD
If you worked for the MOD, were exposed to asbestos and you’ve now been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you should explore the making a claim for compensation.
However, there are some things you need to keep in mind. The exposure must have been after 1987. If you were exposed before 1987, you will not be able to claim because prior to this date the Mod had ‘Crown Immunity’ to personal injury claims. This basically means that no claims can be made, regardless of how serious the injury or illness is, if the damage occurred before 1987.
Our MoD Asbestos-Related Compensation Claims Experience
If you decide to make a claim for compensation from the MoD, it’s important that you have the best people for the job. That’s us!
Winning compensation for people – just like you – is what we do! This means we have loads of experience helping sufferers of asbestos-related diseases to navigate their way through the claims process.
We’ll keep things simple by using clear, plain English – we don’t like legal jargon. And we’ll be upfront and honest about what fees you’ll have to pay – we also don’t like nasty hidden costs!
Once you’ve decided you’d like to start a claim, we’ll do everything for you. You’ll be given a dedicated claim handler, who will explain everything to you. We’ll also do all the running around – contacting the people involved in your case and dealing with correspondence on your behalf. In short – we take the stress, so you don’t have to.
As well as not being able to make a claim if your exposure happened before 1987, you must also make sure that you bring any claim either within three years of exposure or three years of the date of discovery.
In the case of asbestos related diseases, it’s more likely that it’ll be within three years of the date of discovery – this is the date you realised that your illness is related to asbestos exposure. This is because the symptoms of asbestos can take a long time to appear, so you can have passed the three year time limit before you even realise that something is wrong.
At Asons, we’ll be able to tell if you can make an asbestos-related disease claim for compensation – all we need is a few minutes of your time. If we think a successful claim is possible, we’ll help you through the process – from the beginning right to the end – you’re in safe hands at Asons!
‘No Win, No Fee’
Many people worry about making a claim for compensation, and one of their main concerns relates to paying for the claim.
This is not something that you need to be concerned about if you let Asons deal with your claim. We operate on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis, which means you have nothing to pay until the case is concluded and you’ve received your compensation.
More on ‘no win, no fee’ here.
If you want to explore making a claim for compensation to the MoD, for an asbestos related disease, contact us now. Our team of specialist solicitors are here and ready to help. It’s free, it’s confidential and it’s costs you nothing but your time!