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31 July 2014
Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Solicitor Simon Allen reports on recently settled Mesothelioma compensation case.
Simon Allen, who specialises in asbestos disease claims, settled a Mesothelioma case for a client who was employed by the Central Electricity Generating Board (now known as RWE NPower) between 1961 & 1977, initially as an apprentice engineer and then as an assistant mechanical maintenance engineer. It was during this period he was exposed to deadly asbestos dust.
During his apprenticeship he was required to remove asbestos lagging which was cased onto valves and pipes at the Tilbury Power Station. Not only was he exposing himself to the asbestos by undertaking this work directly, he was also working around asbestos laggers who mixed up dry asbestos with water in a drum to form a paste which they then applied by hand.
He also went on to work at the Drakelow Power Station where he again spent a considerable time of his work dry stripping existing asbestos lagging by hand and applying new asbestos lagging which he again made by hand.
On top of this, around five or six times a year he was required to work during the night or on weekends when there were problems and in particular was required to climb into boilers to fix leaks. The boilers were lagged with asbestos lagging which he disturbed because of the nature of the work.
Like many engineers and those who worked in the power industry he also worked during the annual shutdowns in which he was required to remove the asbestos lagging in the boilers using a hacksaw.
At no time did his employer warn him as to the dangers of asbestos exposure, nor did it provide any protective equipment or respiratory protection to prevent the inhalation of the asbestos dust fibres.
As a result of his exposure to asbestos at work, he was diagnosed with the terminal cancer, Mesothelioma in December 2013.
It was pleasing that the insurance company in this case were swift to admit fault on the part of the employers for their failing in exposing Simon’s client to asbestos fibres. Sadly, in the face of good evidence of exposure to asbestos, many still seek to delay the progress of the claim by not making an admission of fault.
In the circumstances of this particular case Paul settled the Mesothelioma compensation case quickly, which allowed Simon’s client to use the monies as he wished.
The client summed up his experience of Slater and Gordon Lawyers by saying:
“[I] wanted to add a few words of personal thanks for the care and interest which you have shown since I was fortunate enough to discover Slater and Gordon and to get in touch with you in January. My legal friends in Canada are impressed with the speed with which this has been settled – I realized that the High Court has set up a system to expedite these claims, but you have certainly helped push things along.
“You came across as showing a genuine interest in my case, no doubt your long experience helps here. Anyway, thanks for your help, I am very grateful.”
This Mesothelioma compensation case was resolved for an undisclosed amount of compensation before going to trial at Court.
Over the past 25 years Simon has successfully represented hundreds of people who developed asbestos related illnesses after being exposed to asbestos at work.
If you have developed an asbestos disease call Slater and Gordon Lawyers for a free consultation about claiming compensation and getting rehabilitation support. Call freephone 0800 916 9046 or contact us online and we will call you.
Simon Allen can be reached at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Sheffield on 0114 2766868
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