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Former Labourer Diagnosed with Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer

31 July 2015

Slater and Gordon Solicitor Edmund Young was instructed by a former labourer diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer.

Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Edmund Young is a Personal Injury Lawyer at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in London.

What happened: Edmund’s client was employed as a labourer by Dunwoodie & Co. Limited (formerly Hammond Bros Limited) from 1967 until 1978. On joining the company he was not provided with any respiratory face masks or protective equipment nor was he advised of the risks or dangers of exposure to asbestos. When he worked in the timber mill he would use a rip saw to cut up large sheets of asbestos into smaller sizes. The asbestos boards Edmund’s client was cutting were grey in colour but were called “blue” asbestos. The asbestos dust generated would fill the mill, after about 3-4 cuts. Each day his client’s hands, face, hair and clothes would be completely covered in asbestos dust.

Impact: Edmund’s client has since been diagnosed with Asbestos-related lung cancer.

How Edmund helped: This was a complicated asbestos related lung cancer case, which required expert engineering evidence to demonstrate that the client’s cumulative dose exposure to asbestos was substantial. As the client had a smoking history this evidence was vital to show that his asbestos exposure doubled his risk of developing lung cancer.

Decision: Case settled out of court for in the region of £62,500 after deduction for contributory negligence (i.e. smoking) and periods of uninsured loss. The gross settlement figure was in the region of £115K.

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