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09 March 2017
A five-figure judgement was awarded to a former steeplejack for exposure to asbestos that led to a diagnosis of pleural thickening.
Slater and Gordon Solicitor: Pauline Chandler is a principal lawyer specialising in industrial disease claims at Slater and Gordon in Manchester.
Value: Five-figure judgement.
What Happened: Our client was employed as a steeplejack by the defendant throughout the 1980s. During that time his role involved work on chimneys, power station cooling towers, flare stacks and asbestos roofing. He was regularly exposed to asbestos, including asbestos blankets, asbestos rope and working on the removal and replacement of asbestos caulking and distribution pipes.
Impact: Years later he developed asbestos related pleural thickening.
How Slater and Gordon Helped: We pursued an asbestos compensation claim on the grounds his employers did not fulfil their duty to prevent their employee from exposure to asbestos as outlined in the 1969 Asbestos Regulations.
We consulted expert engineers and medical professionals along with evidence to prove the firm should have prevented our client’s exposure to asbestos and provided protective equipment.
Decision: The judge ruled that the defendant was responsible for 39 per cent of the pleural thickening. The rest of the damage was caused by exposure to asbestos elsewhere. The court awarded a judgement of 39 per cent of £40,000 on a provisional damage basis. In the event that our client develops mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or if his pleural thickening gets significantly worse, he will be entitled to claim further damages.
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