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27 July 2016
A former marine engineer who worked on board the ships of the New Zealand Shipping Company in the 1960s was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Louise Larkin is a litigation executive in the chest and asbestos group at Slater and Gordon Lawyers in Liverpool.
Settlement Value: £150,000
What Happened: Our client was employed by the New Zealand Shipping Company Ltd from 1964 until 1969 as an apprentice marine engineer. His duties involved removing asbestos lagging in order to access pipework. He also stripped asbestos lagging in the engine and boiler rooms throughout his time on board the ships.
Impact: He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2015. Doctors advised he had a shortened life expectancy as a result of the continued exposure to asbestos.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: We brought a claim against the shipping company. Our client required support throughout the claim and we reassured him every step of the way. He was regularly updated and we avoided intruding upon him as much as possible. Judgment was obtained after issuing proceedings in the Royal Courts of Justice.
Decision: A settlement of £150,000.
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