£25,000 Awarded To Mr B Following Asbestosis Diagnosis
We were instructed by Mr B following a diagnosis of asbestosis which contributed to the Claimant suffering from a 30% respiratory disability.
When Mr B was a young man he had worked as a shot blaster at the Berkley Power Station from the late 1950s through to the early 1960s and was employed by John Thompson Water Tube Boilers Limited. Mr B worked in close proximity to others who were carrying out the application of asbestos lagging to large industrial heat exchangers and boilers in close vicinity to his work. Although part of the time Mr B wore an air fed helmet whilst using the shot blaster for periods of time of no more than 20 to 25 minutes at a time, the heat of his work caused him to remove the helmet at regular intervals during which time he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres in his working environment as a result of the activities of the asbestos laggers who were working around him.
A medical report was obtained to confirm that Mr B had developed asbestosis leading to respiratory disability and that he was at risk in the future as a consequence of his exposure to asbestos of developing mesothelioma and asbestos related lung cancer. We investigated the company for whom Mr B worked discovering that it had gone out of business some years before but they were able to establish the identity of an employers’ liability insurer for the period of Mr B’s employment. Settlement negotiations were entered in to with the insurer and although the insurer maintained a denial of liability we were able to secure a settlement of Mr B’s claim prior to the issue of court proceedings in the sum of £25,000 gross.
Due to Mr B’s age and his declining health due to unrelated health issues, full and final settlement was obtained
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