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Family of Former Gas Board Worker Win Asbestos Claim

17 August 2016

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A former Gas Board worker was diagnosed with mesothelioma after exposure to asbestos in the 1950s. His family pursued a successful compensation claim on his behalf.

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: £95,000

What Happened: Our client worked for the Gas Board in Liverpool as a gas maintenance fitter from 1952 until 1957. He serviced boilers, which involved stripping asbestos to access and carry out repairs, ensuring the boilers ran efficiently. On a daily basis, whilst carrying out his duties, he was repeatedly exposed to quantities of asbestos dust.

Impact: Our client was diagnosed with mesothelioma in January, 2014.  

How Slater and Gordon Helped: We were instructed to pursue a claim, which was issued at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.

Our client died shortly after court proceedings commenced, and the claim was continued by his family.

The case was defended and eventually judgment was entered against the successors to the Gas Board. An offer was made to pay compensation shortly before the trial, which was accepted by the family.

Decision: £95,000. 

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