A Brief Guide to Mesothelioma Claims in Northern Ireland

13 March 2014

Mesothelioma Claims in Northern Ireland - a Fact Sheet

What is Mesothelioma ?

Mesothelioma is a particularly aggressive form of terminal cancer caused by exposure to asbestos fibres. It develops many years after the exposure.


1.Primary Exposure: where the victim worked directly with, or in the immediate vicinity of others working with asbestos products such as asbestos lagging around steam pipes in shipyards, power stations, factory premises or in the construction or demolition of buildings. Asbestos has also been found in other locations including schools [pre fabricated structures] and in garage premises [brake linings].

2.Secondary Exposure: where the victim is indirectly exposed to asbestos fibres, such as the wives, children of asbestos workers who washed asbestos covered overalls at home or assisted with same.

Benefits available

Industrial Injuries Benefit and Severe Disablement Allowance may be available. An application should be made to the Industrial Injuries Branch as soon as possible, and within 12 months of diagnosis. Application forms may be obtained through your local Social Security Office or online at www.nidirect.gov.uk. Proof of diagnosis in the form of a medical report or medical records should accompany the application.

Compensation ?

Substantial compensation may be obtained if the relevant Employer/Employer’s Liability Insurance cover can be traced for the period of exposure. If the Employer/their Insurer cannot be traced, the Government operates a scheme, the Pneumoconiosis Byssinosis & Miscellaneous Disease Scheme, whereby a one-off lump sum payment will be made, in addition to any benefits secured.

This is a very brief outline of issues surrounding Mesothelioma.

Worthingtons Solicitors have extensive experience of dealing with claims of this nature, as well as other asbestos related conditions, such as Asbestosis,Pleural Plaques & Pleural Thickening.

Even if you have already pursued a claim we may be able to assist.

If you would like further information please contact: Nikki McConnell or Jonathan Duncan T: 9043 4015 or 9181 1538 for a free initial discussion. Home visits can be arranged at short notice, if required.

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