The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Legal advice


If someone has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, it is very likely that they will be able to claim compensation. This is because Mesothelioma can only be contracted after being in contact with asbestos even though many people cannot recall this from happening. 

It is recommended to seek expert legal advice from a solicitor who is a specialist in mesothelioma claims. Many solicitors, even those that work in personal injury, may not be specialists in mesothelioma claims. The specialist solicitor will give advice which will help the individual get the right amount of compensation without charging for the work that they do.  The specialist solicitor sees people at home who have Mesothelioma to go through work history to find out where the exposure may have taken place.

Background to asbestos

Asbestos was used widely in the UK from the 1930's to the 1970's in buildings and in products.

Some asbestos is more dangerous than others for example, asbestos in pipe lagging is more dangerous than asbestos in roofing sheets. All asbestos fibres are dangerous. Some of the products which contained asbestos are: 

  • Insulation around pipework and on boilers
  • Asbestos sheets used as partitions or fire breaks
  • Soffits and fascias
  • Asbestos rope
  • Ceiling tiles
  • Corrugated roofing sheets
  • Asbestos gloves, blankets and mitts.

How to find a specialist solicitor

Please contact the Lung Cancer Nurse Specialist team who will be able to give your more information about this.