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Help and advice

­Advice on what financial support you and your partner and dependents might be entitled to when you have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease.

It is natural for people to be very concerned for their own and their family’s financial wellbeing when they have been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease. However, depending on the severity of their illness, people may be entitled

  • to support from various government compensation schemes and welfare benefits
  • and/or to claim compensation through the courts if they were negligently exposed to asbestos at work.

This is a very complicated field. Some of the support is not subject to any means-test, some of it is. Some of the support reduces the amount of other welfare benefits a person may claim, some increases it. But don’t worry, our advisers can guide you through the maze and – where appropriate – will help you to find expert and reliable lawyers to take up your case without leaving you out of pocket.

The following is a brief summary of some of the sources of support that you may be able to call upon. Please note that, by itself, a diagnosis of pleural plaques is not considered a serious disease and therefore the support available to anyone with this diagnosis is more limited than for other asbestos related diseases.

Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) Benefits


There are several ways in which those suffering from asbestos related diseases, and their families, can claim compensation.