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Significant Damages Recovered for Former School Cleaner Exposed to Asbestos Dust

27 August 2015

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Slater and Gordon was instructed by a former cleaner at Blackheath & Bluecoat School in London who was diagnosed with asbestos-related lung cancer.

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

Settlement value: £150,000

What happened: The client was a member of a team of ten cleaners at Blackheath & Bluecoat School in London. She was employed by the school from 1990 to 1992, 1995 to 1998, and 1999 to 2006. Cleaning equipment and supplies were kept in two very large storerooms - the size of about five classrooms. Pipework ran through these rooms, and the pipework was insulated with asbestos, which was labelled as such.

The atmosphere in the rooms was chronically contaminated with asbestos. Contractors were employed to remove the asbestos; the dust was not contained in the sheeted-off area of this work, escaping to the adjacent classrooms, with the cleaners using a room only ten-feet away. It was the job of the cleaners to sweep away the asbestos dust. At the end of the day, the client’s clothes were covered with asbestos dust.

In her second period of employment at Blackheath & Bluecoat School, the client returned to work in the old building on the school grounds. A “danger asbestos” sign had been hung on the door, and yet the cleaners had to use the room.

Impact: The client has since developed Mesothelioma. This was diagnosed in mid-2014. Her respiratory capacity deteriorated in late 2013. She has since had to give up work as a result of her Mesothelioma.

How Slater and Gordon helped: Slater and Gordon helped the client to recover significant damages for her truly horrendous fatal illness in the face of strong opposition and a denial of liability. It was only when a trial date was obtained for October 2015 that the defendants agreed to negotiate settlement of the claim.

Decision: Slater and Gordon helped the client recover significant damages for her truly horrendous fatal illness in the face of strong opposition and a denial of liability. It was only when a trial date was obtained for October 2015 that the defendants agreed to negotiate settlement of the claim.

Related practice area:

Asbestos litigation

Mesothelioma

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