Successful Asbestosis Compensation Claim For Former Plumber
Industrial Disease lawyers were instructed by a70 year old former plumber, Mr R, who was diagnosed with asbestosis having suffered asbestos exposure from the late 1950s to late 1960s.
Mr R worked for Hayward & Wooster Limited working in a number of boiler houses in and around Bath, including Prior Park College in Combe Down. He removed and replaced asbestos lagging from/to boilers and pipework. He recalled seeing “needles” of asbestos floating in the air around him. Mr R also believed that he came into contact with asbestos dust whilst working for J L Frayling pulling down the ceilings in very old residential properties. Asbestos exposure was also alleged against P Drake, Grocock & Day and Avon Plumbing Services Limited where Mr R carried out a range of work, including repairing asbestos roofs on garages and cutting and fitting asbestos flue pipes.
Mr R’s respiratory symptoms caused by his asbestosis meant that he was unable to undertake significant DIY jobs and heavy gardening duties at home as he had done before he developed the condition. Medical evidence was obtained to confirm that Mr R was suffering a respiratory disability of 20% due to his asbestosis.
Mr R’s claim was complicated by the fact that all five of his former employers where exposure to asbestos occurred had since dissolved. Investigations were made to trace the Employers’ Liability Insurers (“ELI”) of each employer so that compensation claims could be pursued against them. ELI was successfully traced for 3 of the 5 employers and it was agreed with their insurers that collectively they were liable for 74% of the claim. We successfully settled the claim against the three employers in the sum of £32,000.
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