Government scheme supports asbestos victims and families

11th January 2015

Government scheme supports asbestos victims and families

With November being designated Lung Cancer Awareness month, much has been written in recent weeks about the damaging effects of exposure to asbestos.  Usually related to lung disease but with an extremely long lead time between exposure and symptoms appearing. 

The courts have long recognised the failings of employers to protect their work forces adequately from such exposure, even if the knowledge of the potential problem was limited all those years ago.  Many families have since been awarded financial support to assist with the health care of members afflicted by lung diseases as a result of exposure to asbestos.

Two recent events have brought more opportunity for families to gain support.

The first has been referred to on this web site before and relates to cases of mesothelioma resulting from the activities of businesses which no longer exist. In such cases where the one time employer’s insurance company also no longer exists the government has developed a scheme to assist families in particular circumstances.  Gotelee lawyers are familiar with which cases are covered and which are not; every case has its own facts so consulting James Davies at Gotelee is the first step.

A second court decision in recent days has significant implications and in essence ruled there to be no difference between an employee being exposed to asbestos and anyone else legitimately in a work place and thereby exposed to the substance.  The owner of the site is responsible for the safety of all on site whether or not an employee.  This ruling increases substantially the numbers of individuals and families who may be entitled to make a claim for financial support for health care and loss of earnings against employers and their insurers.  A major change in favour of those contracting lung disease as a result of exposure by default to asbestos.  James Davies and Tim Humpage at Gotelee are acknowledged experts in this field. If you think you need advice in this area, call them on 01473 298125 or

Blog Posts

Why women mean business…


Today is International Women’s Day, the annual celebration of the social, economic, cultural and…

Read More
Upcoming Events

Inheritance Tax and Wills Planning Seminar


What the seminar will cover... Inheritance Tax: - When does it apply; what are…

Read More
News Posts

Events Firm is the Only Show in Town After Move to New Home


An expanding Ipswich events business is taking centre stage after moving into a new…

Read More


"Everything was dealt with in a compassionate and friendly manner"

- AW

"Pat's service is always extremely efficient and very approachable"

- AO

"Relieved that I could leave you to deal with the legal aspect of my late husbands estate"

- DG

"We cannot thank you enough for all your hard work and sticking with us. You have been amazing and showed a lot of patience when dealing with this case and all for no reward for yourself, thank you."

- Dean Kentfield

"Approachable, very efficient, always willing to take my calls and update me."

- SH

"We were very pleased to have Jade as our solicitor, the service was excellent and we felt kept in the loop which minimised stress"

- CT

"I have used Tracey Hammond at Gotelee on a number of occasions and in my opinion, she is simply the most efficient conveyancing solicitor I have ever worked with. From the outset, she took the time to understand my specific business requirements and to date, she has exceeded all of my expectations."

- Dale Fiddy - Portobello Developments Ltd

"I don't think this house sale would have pulled together without Jo's determination and expertise. Excellent!"

- MT

"Jade Shelton was absolutely fantastic!! Professional and proactive at all times."

- JH

"This is by far the go-to firm for any issues. You are made to feel valued from the outset and they are so confident in what they do. Wouldn't recommend any other. Thank you Hugh and Max."

- Ros Jones

Please select preferred method of contact

* We will only contact you by telephone if you select this as primary form of contact.