Asbestos Related Claims

Asbestos claims solicitors

Have you worked in a job in which there was a risk of exposure to asbestos? Have you recently begun developing respiratory health problems? It may be that you are suffering an asbestos related disease and if so, you may be entitled to claim compensation.


Asbestos is the name of a group of naturally occurring microscopic fibres. They have been mined for thousands of years but large scale use began in the late 19th century. Whilst it has a number of properties useful to a range of different industries it is extremely dangerous. Unfortunately these health dangers only became widely known as the 20th century progressed. Thankfully, various legislation has since passed limiting the use of the mineral.

Health Complications Caused By Asbestos

Exposure to asbestos occurs through breathing in the fibres, usually when the asbestos has been disturbed, for example by chipping, drilling or through fire damage. When these fibres are inhaled over a prolonged period of time they begin to lodge deep in the lungs. This then can lead to asbestos related conditions ranging from Pleural Plaques which itself is asymptomatic or asbestosis which has no known cure. Symptoms can be shortness of breath, persistent cough, wheezing, fatigue, pain in your chest or shoulder and in more advanced cases swollen fingertips. The outlook for this disease can vary. We can direct you to appropriate medical experts for their opinion.

In addition, people suffering from asbestosis carry a greater risk of developing other serious diseases. These include;

  • Pleural disease – Thickening of the lung walls due to scarring caused by asbestos. This can cause breathlessness;
  • Asbestos related lung cancer – People with asbestosis have a greater risk of developing lung cancer;
  • Mesothelioma – This is a type of cancer cause by asbestos which effects the lining of the lungs, chest wall or abdomen.

The above conditions can have a degenerative impact on your life, and in some circumstances can lead to death. It is only fair that you are adequately compensated for the potentially life affecting consequences.

It is a very sad fact that relatives; wives, sons, daughters, of those exposed to asbestos can also contract asbestos related diseases by exposure to asbestos dust that would have attached itself to the work clothes of a Father or husband who would directly exposed.

How Can We Help?

Boyd Rice Solicitors offer a free initial consultation where we can confidentially discuss your employment history and the health problems you are suffering.

Your previous employers may no longer be in existence but we can track down the relevant insurers. If the insurers can be traced then your claim may succeed.

We can arrange consultations with the top medical experts in this field who will be able to provide a review of your lungs and a prognosis.

We can also assist in circumstances where a loved one has tragically passed away as a result of an asbestos related disease, we can obtain compensation for the relatives. We can help where someone has developed an asbestos related disease through secondary exposure.

For many years Boyd Rice Solicitors have been representing people who have suffered asbestos related diseases as a result of prolonged exposure through their employment.

If you have been exposed to asbestos dust and have developed an asbestos related condition, please contact one of the injury claims team on 02891 817715, by email or complete our Online Enquiry and let us explain how we can help you.

We offer a free initial consultation where we will confidentially discuss the circumstances of your accident and will assess how we can assist you in the best way possible. We use leading experts to investigate accidents and our team of medical practitioners are extremely experienced.

You will be under no obligation to instruct us and we will be delighted to advise in any way that we can. Please do not let funding concerns deter you from getting in touch with us. We will discuss all available ways to fund your case enabling you to make a fully informed decision as to whether you wish to proceed with the claim. “No Win No Fee” payment arrangements are not permitted in Northern Ireland however you may be entitled to legal costs insurance or legal aid. We seek to recover your legal costs from the party that has caused your injury.

Free Initial Consultation, Speak to our Specialist Solicitor

Neil McGranaghan
Neil McGranaghan
  • Neil manages the injury claim department in Boyd Rice Solicitors.
  • He regularly appears in the County Court and the High Court on behalf of his clients.
  • Neil is a member of APIL- Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
  • Neil and his team handled more injury claims than any other Firm of Solicitors in Newtownards and the surrounding areas in 2019.
  • For further information, please have a look at Neil’s client testimonials on Google, he is renowned for going above and beyond for his clients.