According to a survey, conducted by the Home Office, approximately 350,000 Britons decided to move overseas in 2011 – and all of these individuals remained in their new countries for at least a year.
Moreover, the research revealed that the most popular destination for expats was Australia, while others chose countries including Spain, the United States, and Canada. People move abroad for various reasons; some need a fresh start, others seek new employment. The survey also showed that many individuals chose to retire overseas.
Throughout the course of their working lives, retirees may have worked in a number of different professions – such as shipbuilding, construction, or factory work. However, if they were employed in these industries before the 1990s, many could have been exposed to a dangerous material called asbestos.
Before the use, supply, and importation of asbestos was prohibited in 1999, this substance was widely used for a number of different processes due to its heat-resistant and insulating properties. Asbestos was used for a variety of different purposes up to the middle of the 1980s – and many employers did not realise how dangerous this material was or failed to implement adequate safety measures.
Exposure to asbestos fibres and dust can cause an individual to develop a number of asbestos related conditions, such as mesothelioma or asbestosis. However, an individual is unlikely to be diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease immediately after exposure. The development period of asbestosis or Mesothelioma may take up to 50 years after initial exposure.
Consequently, it has been reported that the number of UK deaths from asbestos-related diseases are expected to peak around 2016 – several years after it was rendered illegal. Therefore, those who previously worked with this material could be at risk of developing conditions such as mesothelioma.
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease due to exposure in the UK, you may be entitled to claim compensation – even if you currently live abroad.
Helping expats make asbestos compensation claims
At Seth Lovis & Co, if you are living abroad and asbestos claims appear to be a daunting prospect, our specialist team of asbestosis or mesothelioma solicitors may be able to help you receive damages – while attempting to make the process as stress-free as possible. Our asbestos solicitors often fly and see clients abroad; you will never be expected to travel back to the UK. Asbestos claims are usually dealt with by telephone and post.
If you have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease in the past three years you might be entitled to receive compensation.
Please contact us today on 0370 218 4025 or, alternatively, complete an online claim form to find out if our experienced team of asbestos solicitors can help you claim compensation.