A Guide to Making an Asbestos Compensation Claim

The diagnosis of an asbestos-related disease has a devastating impact on a family. While an award of compensation cannot turn back the clock and prevent the asbestos exposure, it can help families hold those responsible to account and provide some financial stability.

Asbestos claims are often more complex than other claims, so seeking specialist legal advice is essential. Learn more about how to make an asbestos claim, and how we can support you, in this guide:

Frequently asked questions about asbestos compensation claims

Can I make an asbestos claim?

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

As with other claim types, your claim must be made within three years from the date of diagnosis, or the date at which you could have reasonably known that the condition was caused by asbestos exposure – regardless of how long ago that exposure took place. Even if your employer no longer operates, we can still help you to pursue a claim.

Can I make an asbestos claim after the death of a loved one?

We can assist you in making a claim if you’ve lost a loved one as a result of an asbestos-related disease. We can help you pinpoint where the exposure took place and gather the necessary evidence to pursue a claim. We can also put you in touch with asbestos support groups who are willing to offer whatever additional assistance and advice you and your family may need.

Read how we helped the wife of a Unite member pursue compensation after her husband died from mesothelioma.

Why choose Unite Legal Services to make your asbestos claim?

Our specialist asbestos lawyers have decades of experience in securing compensation for those who have been affected by asbestos-related diseases. We can support you in making a claim for:

  • Mesothelioma
  • Asbestosis
  • Pleural thickening; and
  • Asbestos-related lung cancer

We also maintain a database of Unite members who believe they were exposed to asbestos at work – this allows us to trace witnesses who may be able to provide evidence if other members are diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease.

How much compensation will I get for an asbestos claim?

Each asbestos case is different and so the amount of compensation you may receive will depend upon your individual circumstances. We will strive to secure the maximum compensation possible for you and your family and, as a Unite member, you will keep 100 percent of the compensation awarded.

Do I have to pay to make an asbestos compensation claim?

No, you don’t need to pay to make an asbestos claim with Unite Legal Services. Your Unite membership entitles you to free legal advice and representation on a range of issues and you will keep 100 percent of your compensation.

What is the next step?

If you are ready to make a claim for compensation for an asbestos-related disease, whether that be for yourself or a loved one, call us on 0800 709 007. Our expert asbestos lawyers will provide you with free legal advice on making a claim and guide you through the process.

Alternatively, you can find out more by visiting our asbestos claims page or by contacting your local Unite office.

Our asbestos-disease clients

We helped the widow of a Unite member continue to pursue an asbestos claim following the death of her husband. We held her late husband’s employer to account and secured £275,000 in compensation.

We supported Antony, who was exposed to asbestos when he was employed in the manufacture and development of anti-aircraft guns from 1974 until 1983, in pursuing compensation after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.