Mesothelioma Compensation Claims by Families


As mesothelioma is a terminal condition it may not be possible to bring or complete a claim for personal injury compensation within the victim’s lifetime.  Should this be the case family members can pursue a claim for compensation providing it can be established that there was negligent exposure to asbestos dust and that the claim is brought within appropriate time limits.

Such a claim must normally be brought with 3 years from the date of death or the date upon which it became apparent that the victim died of mesothelioma. This is provided the claim was not out of time during the victim’s lifetime.

A compensation claim can be brought on behalf of the estate of the deceased and also for anyone who can prove that they were financially dependent upon them. Any compensation recovered by the claim brought by the estate must be distributed to the beneficiaries under the deceased’s Will. Where no Will was made the compensation will be paid out under the rules of intestacy.

Bereavement damages can also be claimed by a limited class of people. The figure for this part of the claim is set by statute and will be increased from time to time. For more information regarding how such claims are calculated see fatal injuries.

All claims must be brought as one action. This will usually be by the personal representatives of the deceased’s estate.

It may also possible for family members to recover compensation even where the negligent party is no longer in existence and the relevant insurance company cannot be traced. For further details see mesothelioma schemes.

At Sintons our personal injury specialists have significant experience of pursuing compensation claims for those suffering from mesothelioma or for their families.

All asbestos compensation claims are pursued on a No Win No Fee basis so you can rest assured that there is no financial risk.

To begin a personal injury compensation claim or obtain further advice with no obligation contact Sintons 24/7.