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Understanding Compensation Claims for a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Asbestos inhalation and exposure is known to cause or increase a person’s chances of developing a number of conditions and cancers. Mesothelioma is the name of one type of cancer for which asbestos exposure is directly attributable. Hence, those diagnosed with mesothelioma are almost always entitled to claim some form of compensation.

The symptoms of mesotheliomainclude shortness of breath, sudden and / or dramatic weight loss, unexplained fatigue, difficulty swallowing, a persistent cough and chest pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or a combination of them, especially if you know that you have been previously exposed to or worked with or in an environment in which asbestos was present, it is advisable to speak with your doctor.

Almost all mesothelioma sufferers are those who have worked with asbestos or in an environment in which asbestos was used. Further, mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive form of cancer which can develop in numerous parts of the body and spread to others. Hence, an early diagnosis and treatment is extremely important.

When to Claim?

A diagnosis of mesothelioma is made based on results provided by a number of different medical tests, including blood tests, CT scans, X-rays and biopsies. If the results of these tests show that you are suffering mesothelioma, it is important to know that you will most likely be able to claim compensation in one form or another. And, it is important to know this and to act early when having received a mesothelioma diagnosis as, and as stated via the Macmillan Cancer Charity website: ‘You will have to prove certain things about your exposure to asbestos for a claim to be successful [and] claims must be made within three years of your diagnosis.’

Claims for a Mesothelioma Diagnosis

Level of Compensation a Claimant Can Expect to Receive?

Mesothelioma compensation claims can result in being awarded anything from £3,000 to £30,000, or even £130,000, depending on the case; there is no single amount or set amount awarded to a person diagnosed with mesothelioma who makes a claim for compensation. Rather, because every case is individual and unique so too is the amount of compensation awarded.

That said, in 2014, the UK Government did publish the Press Release: Mesothelioma sufferers’ compensation boosted by extra £54,000 to try and address the insufficient and unfair claim amounts mesothelioma patients were receiving. Hence, most mesothelioma sufferers can expect a claim amount to be substantial and make a definite and positive impact on their situation whilst battling mesothelioma.

Also, it is worth being aware that in cases of mesothelioma, it is sometimes possible for the families of those suffering to claim compensation, especially when caring for a relative or loved one who is diagnosed with mesothelioma.

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How to Claim?

To find out if you are eligible to claim compensation, how a claim is processed and as well how much you might be able to expect in compensation, contact the Asbestos Advice Helpline where you will find all the answers to those questions, and as well means to discuss your situation in person and speak with a professional asbestos claims handler who will be able to provide specific advice, guidance and support.

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