Asbestos-related Disease Claims

Getting fair compensation for you and the people who depend on you

Discovering that you have an asbestos-related illness can be very upsetting and confusing, leaving you feeling lost and uncertain about what to do. While the asbestos exposure that caused your illness may have happened years ago, there is a good chance you can still claim compensation, which can make all the difference to you and your family.

Where your asbestos exposure happened at work, you may have grounds for a claim against your former employer. If they failed to take property safety precautions, such as providing property training, risk assessments and personal protective equipment (PPE), they may be liable for your illness.

It often takes around 15-35 years after asbestos exposure for the symptoms of an asbestos-related disease to become apparent. However, even if you are unsure which employer may have been responsible for your exposure, or your former employer is no longer in business, this does not mean you won’t be able to claim.

Our experienced, friendly asbestos claims lawyers can advise you on whether you are likely to have grounds for a claim, how the claims process works and how much compensation you could be entitled to. We can guide you through every stage of the claims process, making it as simple and stress-free as possible, while giving you the best chance of securing fair compensation for your illness and its impact on you and your loved ones.

We offer no win, no fee asbestos compensation claims and can resolve most claims through an out-of-court settlement, saving you time, legal fees and unnecessary stress.

Book your free initial consultation now

To arrange your free initial consultation about making an asbestos-related disease claim, please contact your local team in Ash Vale, Farnborough or Fleet.

Or you can use our quick online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.

Our legal expertise with asbestos compensation claims

Our personal injury lawyers have experience in acting successfully on a whole range of asbestos-related illness claims, having won substantial compensation for clients living with conditions such as:

Pleural thickening

Pleural thickening is where the membrane around the lungs (the pleura) becomes scarred and thickens, making it harder to breathe. This scarring can be caused where asbestos fibres become lodged in the pleura, triggering the body’s immune response, which cannot breakdown the fibres and results in damage to the surrounding tissue.


General scarring of the lungs due to exposure to asbestos is known as asbestosis. This can cause a range of symptoms, including shortness of breath, persistent coughing, extreme tiredness and chest pain.  This can lead on to other conditions, such as pleural thickening and mesothelioma.

Asbestos-related lung Cancer

While relatively few instances of lung cancer are caused by asbestos exposure, it is one of the most common asbestos-related diseases and the most deadly, with around half of lung cancer patients dying within one year of being diagnosed.


This is a type of cancer which normally affects the lining of the lungs or abdomen and is almost always caused by exposure to asbestos.

Asbestos-related illness claims explained

How much is an asbestos claim worth?

This will depend on the type of asbestos-related illness, its severity and the impact on the claimants’ life. As a general guideline, compensation for an asbestos-related illness will often be in the region of around £10,000 to in excess of £100,000.

For a general indication of how much your asbestos claim may be worth, please take a look at our guide to compensation for asbestos-related illnesses.

Time limits for asbestos compensation claims

Something many people worry about is that they may have missed the chance to claim because their asbestos exposure happened so long ago.

The important thing to realise is that you will generally have 3 years to bring a claim from the date when you discovered the illness, not from the date when the exposure happened. This means that even if you were exposed decades ago, you can still potentially make a claim.

We recommend getting in touch as soon as you discover you have an asbestos-related illness to ensure you do not miss out on the chance to claim.

Funding an asbestos-related illness claim

Most claims we handle are funded using a ‘conditional fee agreement’. Commonly referred to as a ‘no win, no fee’ agreement, this means you do not have to pay anything to us to start a claim, with our fees only being due at the end of your case if we win compensation for you.

The key advantage of a no win, no fee asbestos claim is that it allows anyone to pursue a claim, regardless of their financial circumstances. It also means that there is no risk to you in pursuing a claim as you will not owe us anything if your claim does not succeed.

Other alternatives for funding an asbestos compensation claim can include legal expenses insurance and trade union funding, where available.

Making a claim if your employer has gone out of business

Even if the business that employed you when you were exposed to asbestos has gone out of business, you may still be able to make a claim. This can be done by making a claim against the insurer who was providing insurance to your former employer at the time of your exposure.

Claiming compensation for a loved one who had died due to an asbestos-related illness

If a member of your family has died due to an asbestos-related disease, you may be able to carry on a compensation claim they started or make a claim of your own.

You will normally have 3 years from the date of death to make a claim of your own and the damages you can claim for may include:

  • Statutory bereavement damages (currently set at £12,980)
  • Your pain and suffering
  • Funeral expenses
  • Loss of financial dependency (both past and future)
  • Loss of the value of care and other services the deceased provided

Confused about how personal injury claims work?

Looking for answers about how the process of claiming compensation for an asbestos-related disease works? Head over to our frequently asked questions on our personal injury claims page or ask us a question.

Why use Wheelers Solicitors for an asbestos claim?

Asbestos compensation claims require careful and sensitive handling, so it important to work with personal injury lawyers who have experience with these types of complex and challenging claims and with providing strong personal support to claimants.

At Wheelers Solicitors, our team have secured compensation for both straightforward and more complex, high value asbestos-related disease claims. Our experience includes claims against businesses, insurers and major institutions such as the Ministry of Defence.

We can guarantee that your case will dealt with by a fully qualified and experienced solicitor specialising in personal injury claims, who will support you every step of the way. You do not need to worry about your case being delegated to inexperienced or poorly qualified “Paralegals”, “litigation Executives” or “Case Handlers”, and you will always be able to speak to your solicitor when you have a question or need an update.

Our personal injury lawyers are highly skilled in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), so we can often resolve claims with an out-of-court settlement, avoiding the need for court proceedings. This allows you to get compensation faster and with lower legal costs, while making the process much less stressful for you.

However, where court action is required, our litigation team can offer the experienced and supportive legal approach needed to help you achieve fair compensation under even the most challenging circumstances.

Wheelers Solicitors is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) providing assurance that we continually meet the highest legal standards.

Start a claim with our asbestos compensation lawyers in Surrey and Hampshire

To arrange your free initial consultation about making an asbestos-related disease claim, please contact your local team in Ash Vale, Farnborough or Fleet.

Or you can use our quick online enquiry form and a member of our team will be in touch shortly.