07 January 2013
Man makes successful industrial disease claim against Vauxhall
Compensation has been granted to a man who launched an industrial disease claim against Vauxhall.
According to Luton Today, David King took legal action against the leading car manufacturer after he was diagnosed with the asbestos-related respiratory condition pleural thickening in April 2009.
The 58-year-old's claim was based on the belief that he had been exposed to the lethal substance while working as a fitter for the company - which now employs around 35,000 people in the UK - for 16 years between 1970 and 1986.
Due to the severity of his illness, Mr King often feels breathless and has been forced to give up playing sport. As such, Vauxhall has granted him a provisional damages sum which can subsequently be added to should his personal health deteriorate in the future.
Speaking to the news source after the settlement, the claimant explained his condition has had a "huge impact" on his lifestyle.
"I have always worked in manual jobs and kept myself fit and healthy. I no longer have the energy to do the things I used to. It is very frustrating," he noted.
Mr King went on to say he feels a sense of relief that his legal action has been successful, adding that he is pleased the settlement includes a clause that permits him to seek further damages if needs be.
"The worry that I will develop cancer like mesothelioma is a frightening prospect," he added.
Last week, The Cornishman reported that 59-year-old Tony Cock has started a compensation claim against former employer Cable and Wireless after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma in July last year.
Mr Cock believes he was exposed to asbestos throughout his eight-year stint working at premises owned by the telecommunications company in Porthcurno between 1975 and 1983.
"It was a messy job but you did not realise what you were working with. Asbestos was not a big issue in the 1970s. There wasn't really any health and safety - the only protection you got was a boiler suit," he explained.
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Posted by Francesca Witney