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Types of Asbestos Related Diseases

Being diagnosed with an asbestos related disease is a very worrying time, whether it is you or one of your loved ones.

As your solicitor, the first thing I would need to establish is which disease you have been diagnosed with as there are several different diseases of varying severity.

Most people will be aware that asbestos can cause a fatal cancer called mesothelioma. It is not as well-known that asbestos can also significantly increase the risk of someone developing lung cancer, particularly if they smoke as well.

However, most people diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases have a more chronic condition which restricts their breathing. This can be asbestosis or a slightly different condition called pleural thickening. Both these conditions restrict the movement and flexibility of the lungs. The effect has been described by sufferers as feeling like having an iron band around their chest. 

The final condition recognised as being caused by asbestos is pleural plaques. This is essentiall…

How do I get paid? What will happen if I lose my case?

If you win a personal injury claim then most defendants are insured and you simply receive a cheque from the insurance company sent via your solicitors.

If there is a problem with insurance then this will come up very early on in the case and your solicitor will be able to discuss it with you.

If you are injured in a road traffic accident and the other driver is not insured then you can still make a claim and it is paid for by the Motor Insurers Bureau which is an organisation set up by the government but paid for by the insurance industry.

If you lose the case then, following a change in the law in April 2013, there will normally be no need for you to pay any legal costs to your opponent. The only exceptions to this are if your claim is found by the court to be fraudulent or if the claim was so weak that it should never been taken to court, which  your solicitor will advise you on. If you are still concerned about this discuss with your solicitor the possibility of taking out an insuran…

Legal Bloggers disagree on importance of new court ruling.

Practitioners have been very concerned about the attitude of the Courts since April to short delays in complying with Court Orders and in particular what happens when the parties have agreed to put dates back. This culminated in the Mitchell decision where all of the former cabinet minister’s future legal costs were disallowed because his solicitors had failed to comply with a court order to serve a costs budget.

On Wednesday Kerry Underwood announced on his blog, Kerryunderwoodwordpress.com, that there was a “Major retreat from Mitchell/Jackson” with a new direction approved by the Master of the Rolls and the President of the Queen’s Bench Division which  expressly stated that  in an attempt to reduce extension of time applications the parties could now agree extensions of time of up to 28 days without the need to apply to Court.

However the following day e-mails were circulating with the following heading and short statement:-

“Professor Dominic Regan would like to correct an erroneous…

What are Paralegals?

Q; I saw a court room drama from America and they were talking about paralegals. What are they and do we have them here?

A; A Paralegal is essentially just someone who works in a solicitor’s office who may have no legal qualifications at all. Large firms of lawyers use paralegals for the more routine tasks around the office although some firms may use paralegals to handle files under supervision. There is more information about paralegals on the National Careers Advice Service website
Because I work in a very small office, I don't have a paralegal. You are guaranteed that your case will be handled by me personally, so every step of your claim is managed by a solicitor of 24 plus years experience. 
If you believe you have a claim, you have had an accident at work or out and about that wasn't your fault and you'd like a free consultation or to have your case handled by an experienced solicitor with a no win no fee agreement, 100% compensation guaranteed and home or work visits…