Do you have an asbestos related disease? Were you a shipyard worker in the 50s, 60s or 70s, working in shipyards in the North East? If you answered ‘yes’ to these two questions, you could be entitled to make a claim for compensation.
At Asons, we can help you claim any compensation you are entitled to. All we need is a few minutes of your time and we’ll be able to tell you how likely your chances of a successful claim are.
Speak to one of our experienced compensation claims advisors free of charge today on 01204 521 133 or on live chat for a consultation. Alternatively, you can fill in one of our claims forms or use our Compensation Calculator, and we’ll call you back.
Shipyards and Shipbuilding in the North East
Shipbuilding is big business in the North East. With access to the North Sea from ship yards on the Rivers Tees, Tyne and Wear, it’s an ideal area for a busy ship manufacturer. That’s probably why companies, such as Swan Hunter – probably the most well-known of the ship builders – Palmers Hebburn, Wallsend Slipway, Hawthorn Leslie, Smith’s Docks, John Redhead & Sons, Vickers Walker Naval Yard and Clelands Shipbuilders all chose this location.
Middlesborough and Sunderland also had a number of productive shipyards to their name. In Middlesborough, the main companies were Haverton Hill and Smiths Docks.
But in Sunderland there were lots of shipbuilders. In fact, at one point there were so many that Sunderland became known as ‘the largest shipbuilding town in the world.’ Companies operating out of this area included JL Thompsons, TW Greenwell, Bartrams, William Doxfords, Austin & Pickersgills and Sir James Laing. Many of these firms later merged into the British Shipbuilders Corporation in the 1970s.
Working for one of these shipyards means you were more than likely exposed to asbestos on a daily basis. This can be devastating for your health, and will probably end up with you suffering from an asbestos related disease, such as mesothelioma and lung cancer.
If you think you could have a case for making a claim for compensation, why not discuss your options with us – we’re here to help!
Why Was I Exposed to Asbestos in North East Shipyards
The use of asbestos was wide-spread in the ship-building industry in the 50s, 60s and 70s, before it was banned. Shipbuilders loved it because it has some amazing properties. For starters, it’s resistant to corrosion, highly insulating, fire retardant and it’s flexible too. This meant that could be used in all areas of the ship, so that’s what happened.
Consequently, anyone working in a shipyard at that time would, no doubt, have been exposed asbestos on a daily basis. This often occurred with no warnings about the dangers of inhaling the dust, not any protective equipment being on offer.
Now, years later, there are ex-shipbuilders all over the country suffering from, or with the potential to develop, asbestos related diseases, such as pleural thickening, asbestosis, mesothelioma and even lung cancer. Are you one of them?
If you worked for one of the shipbuilding companies based in the North East, and you are now suffering from an asbestos related disease, talk to us about the chances of making a successful claim against your employer at the time. It’ll only take a couple of minutes, but the compensation you could receive, might change your life forever!
Asbestos Related Diseases Can Take Up To 50 Years to Show Themselves!
Often people who have been affected by asbestos don’t even know it. This is because the symptoms can take from 20-50 years to show up. That’s a very long time and most people don’t make the connection to somewhere they were working years ago and their current illness.
So, if you worked in a North Eastern shipyard in the past, and you now have an asbestos related disease, it’s likely your exposure whilst at work is the cause.
Is My Family at Risk From Asbestos Related Diseases?
It’s tragic that shipbuilders who were exposed to asbestos have also put their families at risk too!
The toxic dust that asbestos creates is easily transported into the homes of workers on the gear that they bring home, such as bags and overalls. There have already been cases where compensation has been paid out to family members of workers who were contaminated with asbestos, so it is a real threat.
Our Shipyard Asbestos-Related Diseases Compensation Claims Experience
Why not let us take the strain of your compensation claim – we’re happy to!
At Asons, we know that making compensation claims can be stressful and having something extra to worry about, doesn’t help. So, we’ve made a commitment to help people who’ve ended up in a terrible situation, through no fault of their own.
If you’re ill and your illness was caused by someone else’s negligence – in laymans terms, it was someone else’s fault – you are entitled to claim compensation for the pain and suffering that has been caused. That’s where we come in. We have lots of experience in claiming compensation for people just like you.
We keep it simple and easy, with no legal jargon and no hidden fees. We’ll do all the complicated form filling and chasing-up the other side, and we’ll make sure you know exactly what’s happening at all times during your case. In short, we’ll take all the stress for you, so you don’t have to!
If you want to explore making a claim for compensation, based on your exposure to asbestos while working in a North Eastern shipyard, contact us today. If you wait, you may lose the chance to claim what could be a life-changing amount of compensation.
Any claim you want to make, need to be submitted no later than three years from the date of exposure, or three years from the date you realised your illness was due to the exposure. A quick chat to find out if you are eligible for compensation is free and take just a couple of minutes, so you’ve nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain.
‘No Win, No Fee’
One of the biggest worries our clients have, is how will they pay for making a claim. At Asons, we’ve decided to work on a ‘no win, no fee’ basis. This means that you pay nothing, absolutely nothing, until we win the case for you.
More on ‘no win, no fee’ here.
If you’ve decided that you’d like to find out if you can make a claim for compensation against a shipyard in the North East, call us. All you need to give us is a couple of minutes of your time and we’ll advise you on how we can help. Our team of specialist compensation solicitors are on hand for advice, it’s free and confidential, so costs you nothing but your time!