Reducing claims expenditure (on both damages and costs) is a priority for the disease team. We work closely with clients to identify at an early stage which cases to settle and which to repudiate. We help all clients to tailor ways of reducing / avoiding future claims.
Our services and expertise meet the spectrum of needs of a wide range of insurers, corporate clients, brokers, adjusters and insureds that self-fund or are unable to trace their insurers.
Hill Dickinson has a large team with considerable experience and expertise in dealing with all types of disease claims on a national basis.
Our integrated team of lawyers is led by industry acknowledged specialists and combines recognised legal expertise with commercial understanding.
We provide the specialist skills needed to deal with all types of disease claims including:
- Noise induced hearing loss
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome, whole body syndrome
- Carpel tunnel syndrome, upper limb disorders
- Asbestos related diseases
- Occupational asthma
- Stress, harassment, bullying
- Cancers caused by occupational exposure
Our specialist team continues to coordinate pro active strategy responses for all key issues arising across the spectrum of long and short tail disease claims
Regular bespoke training on disease claims is provided for clients as well as regular legal updates and seminars and workshops on topical and developing area of disease law.
As a leading UK law firm we are able to provide additional legal
support from our other areas of practice as required.
Recent case studies
Our specialist team continues at the forefront of key issues / developments in all aspects of disease litigation. Prime examples are:
- Establishing in the Court of Appeal that no liability exists in respect of a fatal asbestos claim arising from domestic exposure in the 1960’s to a widow cleaning the work clothes of her spouse. The Court held the defendants could not have reasonably foreseen the risk of injury due to such exposure.
- Successfully negotiating a settlement at less than a third of a care claim pleaded at over £1.5 million. Complex issue arose in relation to the funding of care and periodical payments where a Claimant has a fatal condition but acts as a primary carer for another disabled person.
- Defeating a potential landmark NIHL claim brought by a motorcyclist Police Officer in relation to alleged exposure from his motorcycle/radio/wind noise during periods between the early 1980’s and 2002.
- Reducing a claim for damages presented at
over £12 million in a fatal mesothelioma claim relating to a
successful business man who had sold his business for a capital
gain of £15 million just prior to diagnosis. Complex issues
arose as to apportionments and quantum. Settlement achieved at
nearly £8 million less than pleaded.