Armed Forces Exposure to Asbestos

Asbestos was widely used throughout the Armed Forces, particularly in shipbuilding and general construction due to its heat resistant properties and non-flammable nature. It was used extensively in the Royal Navy for insulation of the ships and submarines.

Many civilian employees of the MOD and Armed Forces Personnel will have come into direct contact with asbestos.

Ministry of Defence Liability

If you believe that your exposure to asbestos occurred due to the negligence of the MOD, it may be possible to bring a claim for compensation, providing your exposure to asbestos was after May 1987, and you became aware within the last 3 years that your exposure to asbestos has made you ill.

Armed Forces Claims

Armed forces personnel who were exposed to asbestos and later went on to develop an asbestos-related disease may still be liable to bring a claim for compensation.

If your exposure occurred after May 1987 then you should be entitled to pursue a compensation claim in the same way as a civilian.

Exposure prior to May 1987 will mean that in most cases, you will not be able to claim compensation for an asbestos-related disease.

We can however provide you with assistance in War Pension applications and claims under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS).

To discuss your claim free of charge with our award winning team contact us on 0800 124 4444 or start your claim now.

In addition to a legal claim for compensation, if you were a serving member of the Armed Forces, you may also be entitled to make a claim under the non fault Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (AFCS) which covers all regular and reserve personnel whose injury, ill health or death was caused by service on or after the 6th April 2005.