Suffering From an Asbestos-Related Illness? Don't Delay in Seeking Legal Advice
- AuthorJCP Solicitors
I have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related illness and I am thinking of making a claim, but I have some concerns. It all happened such a long time ago and I don’t have any documents. How can I prove my claim and are there any risks to me bringing a claim?
Please be assured that you are not alone. People often worry about these matters at the start of, or, before making a claim. Very few people suffering from an asbestos disease will have any documentary evidence to prove their asbestos exposure. This is the normal position and yet the vast majority of people’s claims are still successful despite this.
As most clients have no documentary evidence relating to their asbestos exposure, what we often refer to as ‘your evidence’ in the claim, is a detailed statement. We will take this statement from you at the outset of the claim and, if necessary, update it as more things come to mind later on. In many cases, the court will accept your statement as sufficient proof of your asbestos exposure even if there is no documentary evidence in respect of this. However, we are sometimes also able to trace witnesses and documentary evidence on your behalf as we carry out our investigations.
You should not let these concerns or any others that you may have at this stage, prevent you from taking the initial steps of seeking advice. We will investigate your matter free of charge and, if we are able to proceed, we will act for you on a ‘no win no fee’ basis at no risk to you. We will make sure that everything is fully explained to you and there is no obligation to proceed.
Compensation for asbestos diseases is not a windfall. It enables our clients and their families to live as full a life as possible after their diagnosis. It may also allow you to access expensive medical treatments for these conditions, which are not currently available on the NHS.
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