- Making a Claim
INJURY & NEGLIGENCE
Injury & Negligence
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Quality service? Great reputation? Specialist solicitors
at the top of their profession? Or simply friendly and
At Pannone we offer all of these things. We focus on
providing the highest standard of service with a personal
touch that makes the difference. Our clients describe us as
“honest, professional and committed” and in the words of
the Legal 500 independent legal guide, we are “excellent in
every way, and never falter in support and availability”.
Our lawyers are easy to talk to and will keep you fully
updated with no legal jargon. Whether you are entitled to
legal aid, “no win, no fee” or legal expenses insurance, we’ll
find a way to fund your case and fight for you.
This booklet explains what is involved with Mesothelioma
claims. Call us on 0800 0384 384 to set up a free
“Nothing short of excellent” Emma Holt
Mr G. Essex Managing Partner
Injury & Negligence
WHAT IS MESOTHELIOMA?
Mesothelioma can be caused by a very small exposure to
asbestos dust, but the greater the exposure, the greater
the risk of developing the disease.
Inhalation of asbestos dust causes damage to the cells of
the pleura, the outer lining of the lungs and internal chest
wall, and it is thought that over time this damage results
in changes which can eventually turn them into cancerous
The average time for mesothelioma to develop after
exposure to asbestos dust is around 40 years, but it can
develop (or cause symptoms) after 10 years from the initial
“I am so grateful for the kind, compassionate
and efficient way in which Pannone dealt
WHERE MIGHT I HAVE COME INTO CONTACT
with my husband’s claim”
Mrs C. Derbyshire
Most people who suffer from mesothelioma have been
exposed to asbestos dust at work. They need not have
WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU. handled asbestos themselves but they may have worked
near others who were dealing with it. We have handled
Being diagnosed with Mesothelioma can be both shocking claims where family members working with asbestos have
and devastating news for the sufferer and their family. carried it home on their clothing, and their wives have
Having specialised in cases of mesothelioma for many breathed in the asbestos dust when washing or handling
years, we understand just how much life can change at this their work clothes.
time and it is our aim to make the claims process as easy as
possible for everyone concerned. Just some of the products which may have contained
Whether helping with benefits or protecting any • Sprayed asbestos coatings
compensation awarded, it is our aim to help reduce the • Lagging used to insulate pipes and boilers
burden of dealing with any worrying issues you may have at
such a difficult time. For more information on other ways
we can support and help you, please see our Mesothelioma • Asbestos paper
- Supporting Sufferers & Their Families Guide. • Asbestos cement sheets
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• Asbestos cement pipes WHAT TREATMENT IS AVAILABLE FOR
• Asbestos partitions/roofs MESOTHELIOMA SUFFERERS?
• Fire doors
Although there is no known cure for mesothelioma, there are
• Artex wall coverings/textured paints treatments available which may ease your suffering.
• Soffits, guttering and drainpipes
• Talc Pleurodisis - This procedure is performed to relieve
• Linoleum and floor tiles breathlessness caused by the build-up of fluid around the lungs.
The fluid is drained and talc or a chemical powder is put into
the body cavity surrounding the lungs to prevent further build-
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS up of fluid
OF MESOTHELIOMA? • Radiotherapy - The aim is to kill cancer cells and prevent
the track of the disease. This may relieve the sufferer’s pain,
Many people with mesothelioma experience sudden breathlessness and discomfort.
breathlessness, especially if they exert themselves. This • Chemotherapy - This is sometimes helpful but is only
can be coupled with chest pain and/or back pain. recommended in certain cases. Chemotherapy involves the
sufferer taking anti-cancer drugs to destroy cancer cells. It is no
Other symptoms may include: cure but can help reduce symptoms
• Extrapleural Pneumonectomy - This is radical surgery and is
• Weight loss only suitable for a small number of patients. It aims to remove
• Fever the visible tumour, or as much as possible.
• Sweating (especially at night) • Pleurectomy-Decortication - This operation removes all or
part of the pleura and lung tissue close to it to reduce the
• Hoarseness in the voice
mesothelioma. Surgery usually leads to better lung function,
• A cough that doesn’t go away however it is only rarely recommended
• Abdominal pain and swelling • New treatments - Clinical trials are carried out to research
new treatments all the time. Participation in clinical trials is
an important treatment option for many patients but sufferers
HOW CAN MESOTHELIOMA BE DIAGNOSED? should discuss the option with their doctor first
• Physiotherapy - Physiotherapy is often recommended to help
A diagnosis of mesothelioma will be made by a chest maintain exercise tolerance, strength and functional ability as
consultant following investigations which will normally much as possible
include x-rays, CT Scan and biopsy.
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“Pannone is excellent
in every way”
Legal 500 (independent legal guide)
Your case will be dealt with by a solicitor experienced in
mesothelioma cases and will be completed quickly, as
MAKING A CLAIM we will ensure it is heard by a judge who specialises in
Kim Harrison, Industrial Disease Partner,
talks through what is involved with INTERIM PAYMENTS
making a mesothelioma claim. Where the employer admits fault, it may be possible to get
you an interim payment.
TALK TO US SUPPORTING YOUR CASE
Call us for a free consultation with one of our team of We know from years of experience how developing an
specialist solicitors who will discuss your diagnosis of asbestos illness can change your life and affect your family.
mesothelioma with you and let you know how we can help. We are here to support you.
It is important that you instruct a specialist solicitor who
INVESTIGATION understands such claims and will be able to get you the
Your solicitor will initially take details of your working best possible result.
history and your exposure to asbestos. If they think you Our team of specialist solicitors are very experienced in
have grounds to make a claim, they will then obtain dealing with mesothelioma claims and have been involved
medical evidence on your behalf to with some of the most important and groundbreaking
proceed with your claim. Industrial Disease cases over the last 30 years. 09
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THE COMPANY WHERE I WORKED HAS GONE WHAT WILL IT COST?
OUT OF BUSINESS. WHAT DO I DO? We understand that the cost of legal advice can be a worry,
Don’t worry if the company has gone out of business. It is but if you do have a claim there are options available to
often still possible to trace their insurers. We have a team fund your case which won’t cost you anything - including
with unrivalled expertise in tracing insurers of companies “no win, no fee”.
which have been out of business for many years. We often
take over cases and succeed in tracing the company’s You may have legal expense insurance under an
insurers, where other firms have failed. existing insurance policy which will entitle you to free
representation. We will check this for you.
If you do not have legal expense insurance under an
WHAT CAN I RECOVER IF MY CLAIM IS existing policy, we will represent you under a “No Win,
SUCCESSFUL? No Fee” Agreement. This means if your case fails, you
do not have to pay anything. If you win your case, your
Compensation is awarded for pain and suffering to reflect opponents will pay your costs and you will keep 100% of
the nature and severity of the condition. Other losses and your compensation.
expenses can be claimed such as:
For further information on funding, please refer to our
• Loss of income caused by your illness
• Private treatment costs
• Loss of pension caused by your illness
• Cost of medication and/or aids and equipment incurred “Despite the sad circumstances that
as a result of your illness
• Nursing care costs
necessitated the claim, it was made easier
• Travelling expenses incurred as a result of your illness for us by Pannone’s helpful understanding
and advice. The settlement enabled us to
face the future, however long or short, free
from financial worries.”
Dennis and Rosina, Surrey
Injury & Negligence
WHAT IF I DIE BEFORE SETTLEMENT? TIME LIMITS
In the event of your death, your claim can be continued Please note, you must make your claim within 3 years from
by your estate’s legal representative (the person named the date you were diagnosed with mesothelioma. If you
as executor in your Will if you leave one, or otherwise by a leave it longer than this, you may lose the right to make a
family member). claim.
In the event that you are claiming on behalf of someone
WHAT IF A FAMILY MEMBER HAS ALREADY who has died, the claim must be brought within 3 years
from the date of death.
PASSED AWAY FROM MESOTHELIOMA?
It may still be possible to claim compensation after a family Please note that there are occasions when it may still be
member has died from mesothelioma. If you suspect that a possible to make a claim even if diagnosis of death has
loved one has passed away from mesothelioma we can offer been more than 3 years. Please call us to discuss this
the correct advice and support at this difficult time. further.
WHAT IF I LIVE OVERSEAS? STATE BENEFITS
We act for expatriates in Europe, Canada, USA, South As well as making a compensation claim you may be able to
Africa, New Zealand and Australia. If you worked with claim state benefits. We have a specialist Welfare Rights
asbestos in the UK before you moved overseas, you can Team at Pannone who can advise you about the benefits
bring a claim for compensation in the usual way, even if you are entitled to and help you make the claim.
some exposure took place in the country to which you
moved. Don’t worry that any compensation you receive will
affect your means tested benefits. Our dedicated Trusts
Department can provide you with specialist advice to
ensure that any compensation you receive does not affect
your benefits income.
LUMP SUM PAYMENT FROM THE
If you are awarded Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit
for your asbestos related disease, you may also be entitled
to a one off lump sum payment from the Government. 13
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• Highest quality advice (ranked in top tier by leading
independent legal guides Chambers and Legal 500)
• Free no obligation consultation
• Experienced specialist solicitors – all partners are “Leaders in
• Range of funding options including “no win, no fee”
• National UK coverage and home visits
For more information, or to discuss your claim, please contact
Alicia Rendell on
0800 0384 384
For further information, please go to: www.pannone.com
“I was totally satisfied with Pannone’s
service. It was First Class.”
Norman Fletcher, Merseyside
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contact Alicia Rendell on
0800 0384 384 or email
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