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Compensation for mesothelioma or an asbestos-related disease can’t turn back the clock, but it can help give justice to you and your loved ones.

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We are experts, we understand the issues, and we’ll do everything we can to get you the compensation you deserve – even if you think your claim might be out of time, or other solicitors have been unable to help you.

We can help you with your asbestos-related disease compensation claims including:

  • mesothelioma
  • lung cancer
  • asbestosis
  • pleural thickening
  • other asbestos-related diseases
  • we can also help you access bespoke medical treatment
  • We have offices in Bath, Bristol, Swindon, Marlborough, Oxford and London, and our expert lawyers live in these areas as well as in Berkshire and Hampshire. We offer a nationwide service and visit clients at home or in hospital no matter the distance.

An excellent track record of mesothelioma & other asbestos claims

Thanks to our tenacious and determined approach, we have successfully recovered more than £7m in compensation in the last 12 months, and many millions more in previous years. We often succeed where other law firms have failed.

  • We put you and your family first - even available out of hours
  • Independently accredited team of specialist solicitors
  • 90% success rate, including claims that have previously been rejected
  • Compensation often secured in months

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Putting your interests first

We will take the time to understand the nature of your claim, gather all the facts to make the case as strong as possible, and decide how best to pursue it for you. Nobody wants securing compensation to take longer than necessary, and we will do everything we can to bring your claim to a speedy resolution – often in as little as six months.

For those with mesothelioma we will also seek to recover funding for immunotherapy or other treatments not yet available on the NHS – if our clients are potentially eligible for such treatment.

Secondary and environmental asbestos exposure claims

In some circumstances it is possible to claim compensation even if you have never worked directly with asbestos or do not know you were exposed. Mesothelioma can often develop after a low level of exposure so it is not unusual for those who develop the disease to have never worked with asbestos.

We are proud to have acted for the claimant in Carey v Vauxhall Motors Ltd, the first successful laundering of overalls claim at trial, and have acted for many others who have been exposed to asbestos indirectly. We are expert at pursuing these sort of claims for compensation and are always happy to talk things through and advise.

Considering a change of mesothelioma solicitor?

An asbestos claim can be daunting. If you need to pursue a claim, it is often an unfamiliar and sometimes overwhelming experience. So it’s worth knowing that if you are unhappy with legal advice, the speed of your claim’s progression or the solicitor advises you there are low prospects of success, you may have other options.

Is there a right to a second opinion for an asbestos claim?

Everyone has the right to a second opinion – not least because different law firms may take different views of a case. Some may be willing to take on cases that do not meet other firms’ selection criteria, for example some may be deemed ‘out of time’ when in reality the claimant may still have a case.

No solicitor is compelled to take on an individual case, therefore it is always worth having your case reviewed by other firms to see if their opinion differs.

Mr J had been advised by a national law firm in his lifetime and had had his case turned down because that firm felt the prospects of success were insufficient. Mrs J approached us at RWK Goodman for a second opinion, and upon reviewing the case, there was further evidence that could be gathered from other witnesses and other possible angles that could be investigated. Mrs J brought a case on behalf of the Estate of Mr J and it was concluded successfully, despite Mr J being advised by another firm that they could not continue to act due to the case having insufficient prospects of success.

What about the costs when transferring an asbestos claim?

It is often the case that no additional costs need be paid by you when transferring a case to a new solicitor.

In the case of a client of ours, Mrs J, her case had been turned down by a previous firm, so she was able to enter into a new Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA) with us, otherwise known as ‘No Win No Fee’ funding, without having to pay any of her previous solicitor’s costs.

Mrs B, Executrix of the Estate of Mr B, also found her claim being turned down by a national law firm, but her claim succeeded when she instructed us. The evidence was approached from a different angle and the case brought on the basis of the Occupiers Liability Act instead of an employer’s liability claim. Mrs B did not have to pay any additional costs and was able to enter into a new Conditional Fee Agreement with us.

The same thing happened in the case of Lloyd v Humphreys and Glasgow in which we succeeded at trial in 2015 after Mr and Mrs Lloyd’s two previous firms of solicitors had refused to continue with it on the basis it lacked reasonable prospects. Mr Lloyd had developed pleural thickening and his first solicitors had settled it on a full and final settlement basis against some but not all of his previous employers. Our expertise in out of time cases and the impact on Mr Lloyd’s claim of the asbestos “trigger” litigation which was ongoing at the same time as his original claim meant that when we assessed the case on its individual merits – as we always do – we thought is had good prospects.

How easy is it to change solicitors when I am unhappy with my asbestos solicitor?

Whilst a solicitor can charge you for terminating their Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA), solicitors have to abide by the terms and conditions of the CFA agreements in the same way that their clients do. If they have not provided timely advice or advice on the pros and cons of legal action, then they may be in breach of the agreement.

In practice, solicitors will normally make an arrangement with each other, to preserve and recover the costs of the claim on behalf of the original solicitor, meaning that changing solicitors is a viable and usually straightforward process.

Asbestos claims are technically difficult. The Mesothelioma List in London’s Royal Courts of Justice has a special fast track procedure outside of the normal procedure for injury claims. A specialist solicitor will know how to navigate these promptly and efficiently, to progress cases urgently. So if you are unhappy with the progress of your claim, there can be benefits in instructing another lawyer.

In the case of Mr H, he instructed a small regional law firm that did not specialise in asbestos claims. The lawyer who dealt with his claim was not an APIL accredited expert asbestos disease lawyer and the firm were not members of the meso UK legal panel. He had a very strong claim and was in desperate need of an interim payment to fund private immunotherapy treatment, as at that point his treatment was not available on the NHS. Mr H’s solicitor was not progressing his case rapidly, despite the strong prospects and Mr H had to pay for his treatment himself. He was only able to manage this for a short period of time. He sought a second opinion from RWK Goodman and we were able to immediately issue Court proceedings and seek an urgent interim payment, which allowed Mr H to continue with his private medical treatment and recover the cost of what he had already paid.

While there are definite benefits to seeking a second opinion or changing solicitors to a specialist if you feel your claim is not being progressed fast enough, one also needs to bear in mind the practicalities. Files of papers take time to access, and solicitors need time to review and familiarise themselves with the papers. It is essential that practicalities such as limitation dates are kept in mind. As much as a new solicitor may want to help, unless sufficient time is allowed, it may be impossible to achieve. So, if you are considering seeking a second opinion, it is better to act sooner rather than later.

Compensation when you need it most

If you are diagnosed with lung cancer, asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening, you can get a court order which compensates you for your current condition and leaves it open for you to seek additional compensation if you condition deteriorates. This is known as a “provisional damages” award and acts like an insurance policy to protect you and your family in the future. Our team of dedicated lawyers will provide you with the specialist advice to secure the court order which will get you the compensation when you need it most.

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