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Asbestos claims – A Five-step plan to help your claim

Asbestos claims can be difficult. Howard Bonnett, Director at Corries reports on a recent claim where a man diagnosed with mesothelioma five days before his death was able to have a claim settled in his honour by his family.

The Facts

The late Mr F worked as a Gas Board fitter in the 1950’s. He then moved into other work and spent over 35 years abroad before returning to England three years before his death.

In his last few months he suffered with poor health. His doctors could not get to the bottom of this until five days before his death when he was told he had mesothelioma. His son lived 200 miles away.

During a long telephone discussion between them the son took the time to talk to his father. He carefully took his father through his working life and, the work he had done. He found out how he had been exposed to asbestos. The late Mr F had denied any exposure to asbestos to his doctors as he had forgotten about his early work in the gas industry.

Mr F sadly died. His death certificate confirmed Mesothelioma.

His son picked up the claim. Corries’ investigated it with him. No other witnesses could be traced. Using our best efforts we presented the case to the Defendant. The case was resisted but after lengthy negotiations a compromise settlement was reached.


Howard Bonnett, who settled the case said:

“Solicitors tend to brag about the cases that do well. However we are often instructed to make claims after someone has died or with very limited information.  In this case Mr F’s son had the foresight to speak his father about his asbestos exposure. It was this evidence that convinced the defendants to pay the claim.

I am pleased for the family that we secured compensation for this awful condition which caused their father’s early death”

Asbestos Plan
Our Asbestos Claim Five Step Plan

Asbestos Claim – Five Step Plan

If you have of a family member who you think may have been exposed to asbestos then we recommend the following five step plan

  1. Take the time to speak to your family member about their exposure to asbestos
  2. Write down when and where they were exposed and if they can remember the names of any employers and any places they can remember
  3. Date the document
  4. If at all possible get the person to sign it
  5. Keep that document in a safe place


Corries Solicitors have a questionnaire which can be sent to families free of charge. Call our Freephone number 0800 083 7839.

Corries also keep a FREE Pleural Plaque register. This is for people who have been exposed to asbestos but not yet developed a condition we get can get compensation for.

Should you or a family member have been affected by asbestos disease in the last three years then telephone now on Freephone 0800 083 7839 to see if we can help you.



Client Testimonials

£28,000 Awarded

Gloria Langton

“I don’t think I could have coped without you and your professionalism especially on the day of the final inquest which was particularly harrowing for me. Your kindness and patience towards my father whilst he was ill was also very much appreciated.  I have and will continue to recommend you to friends, colleagues and family for your services.”


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Ms Meakin

“I am very happy that this claim is now finally settled and thank you so much for the service you provided. It was exemplary. And you have been most patient with my numerous phone calls.”

£118,000 Awarded

Ms F Johnson

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£90,000 Awarded

Mrs V Rogers

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£22,500 Awarded

Mrs Andrews, Hertfordshire.

“I am delighted to confirm receipt of our cheque concluding our case. Thank you so much for your support throughout the process. I have really appreciated your balanced guidance and sensitivity which gave me the confidence to pursue the claim. Hopefully we won’t need your services again but if we do we will certainly be in contact! So thank you again and wishing you every success in the future.”

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“Ann and I want to thank you very much for all your hard work in the successful conclusion of my case. It has been a great pleasure, once again thank you for everything”

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£9,000 Awarded

Keith Aston, Bristol.

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