Our specialist Accidents and Illnesses at work team received this question from Simon in Northumberland:
As a spouse of someone who has passed away from an asbestos related disease, it is still possible to make a claim for compensation after death?
Our Lead Solicitor writes:
As a rule, a claim for compensation against the employer at the time of asbestos exposure must be made within three years of diagnosis of mesothelioma.
In the event of the victim sadly passing away either before a claim has been pursued, during a claim or even prior to a full diagnosis being made (diagnosis is often made in the post mortem),a claim must be pursued within three years from the date of their death.
I would advise that you, as a family member, speak with a specialist asbestos-related disease solicitor to find out what action you can take, the sooner the better, as it is important that you start the claims process as soon as possible.
Whilst the passing of a loved one from a disease as awful as mesothelioma brings by no means an easy time, there are a number of avenues to turn to for support and to help you come to terms with everything. Although it can be difficult to bring yourself to start the claims process shortly after a passing, it is important to remember that there are strict timescales involved and that the sooner the process can be begun, the quicker compensation is likely to be awarded.
If you wish to have a chat with us, please feel free to give us a call on 0191 466 1444 (out of normal office hours please telephone 0191 466 1333) and ask to speak to one of our expert solicitors, or email to firstname.lastname@example.org