Worthingtons Solicitors

Asbestos claims

Worthingtons Solicitors have a dedicated team of Solicitors with extensive experience in successfully resolving asbestos related disease claims and securing compensation for victims and their families.

Historically, asbestos based products were commonly used in factories, shipyards, power stations and construction sites throughout Northern Ireland.  

Asbestos claims usually arise from one of two circumstances. The first is primary exposure to asbestos. This would classically involve a worker who used and handled asbestos based products in the workplace or, alternatively, whilst not handling asbestos directly, working around fellow employees who were.  In both scenarios a claim is directed against the former employer or, if no longer in existence, the Insurers who provided insurance cover at the time of exposure.   If the employer is no longer in existence and there was no insurance cover in place, a claim will not be possible. In this event the Government does offer some types of benefit and one off payments for particular types of disease.

You may have also been exposed to asbestos fibres through what is known as secondary exposure. This means that whilst you may have not handled asbestos directly in the workplace, you commonly interacted with someone who did.   An all too common scenario would involve a partner or family member of an industrial worker exposed to asbestos, with responsibility for cleaning overalls and/or tools covered in asbestos.   

Symptoms may not develop until 20-30 years after the asbestos exposure occurred.  If and when an asbestos related disease is identified in the course of clinical care, a Clinician will always request further details of how the exposure did in fact occur, and will invariably remind the patient they should seek specialist legal advice as soon as possible.

Asbestos diseases may include the following:

  • Mesothelioma;
  • Asbestosis;
  • Pleural thickening;
  • Pleural plaques.

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All initial calls are free and entirely confidential.

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