£108K For Former Electrician / Maintenance Engineer With Lung Cancer
Industrial Disease lawyers were instructed by 75 year old Mr T following his diagnosis with lung cancer, which required resection with middle lobectomy.
Mr T worked for G.E. Wallis & Sons (Electrical) Limited during the 1950s and 1960s as an electrician. He worked in the boiler house and underground ducts of Oakwood Hospital during which time he disturbed asbestos lagging on pipework and boilers. Mr T also worked at the Kimberly Clarke and Key Pitch Fibre factories and Reeds Paper Mill at Aylesford Paper Mills for several years. Each factory contained asbestos lagged pipework, which underwent regular maintenance whilst Mr T was working in the vicinity carrying out electrical installation work. At the Key Pitch Fibre factory, raw asbestos was used to manufacture drain pipes and laggers applied new asbestos lagging to newly installed pipework in the area where Mr T worked. Mr T was also exposed to asbestos whilst directly employed by Key Terrain Limited (formerly Key Pitch Fibre Limited) at the same factory during the 1960s as a maintenance engineer.
A medical report from an independent respiratory physician concluded that Mr T’s lung cancer was attributable to his smoking history and previous exposure to asbestos dust. He was estimated to have a 20% respiratory disability; 10% of which was attributable to the effects of Mr T’s lobectomy and 10% due to smoking related lung disease. Mr T’s life expectancy was considered to have been reduced from the average for a man of his age of 12.9 years to 5 years due to the likelihood of recurrence of lung cancer.
We were able to successfully trace Mr T’s former employers as above (both of which had ceased to exist) and their insurers. Several witness statements were obtained from former colleagues of Mr T who had worked for the same employers and were able to support Mr T’s recollection of asbestos exposure. A settlement was achieved in the sum of £108,000.
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