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Retired and sadly diagnosed with a fatal mesothelioma condition

04 September 2020

doctor looking at xray of lungs

Peter* was enjoying his retirement after a successful 30 year career in the police. He joined as a young cadet and once he qualified as a police officer a few years later, he rose through the ranks to become a superintendent. Sadly, 20 years into his retirement and now full time carer to his wife who suffers from severe arthritis which affects her mobility, he began to suffer with a distended stomach and swollen ankles.

Peter went to his doctor where he was told he’d developed malignant peritoneal mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos during his police career. It later came to light that Peter had been exposed to asbestos whilst retrieving boxes of files stored in basements near to boiler rooms of the various police stations where he worked and also whilst supervising riot training undertaken twice a year at the former MOD buildings.

As Peter’s condition worsened with loss of appetite and weight, reduced exercise tolerance, side-effects from prolonged treatment, and the mental stress of his fatal condition, he became increasingly more worried about caring for his wife and how he could possibly continue to do so when he too had a debilitating medical condition.

Peter contacted Slater and Gordon where we concluded on his behalf that the buildings where the riot training was carried out more than likely contained asbestos material and as a result of flash bangs being released and riot simulation, there probably would’ve been significant disturbance and subsequent exposure to asbestos dust and particles.

We issued court proceedings at the high court and negotiated a six-figure settlement for Peter and his wife which although doesn’t compensate him for all that he’s had to go through in terms of pain and suffering, it does allow him to get the expert private medical treatment he needs to manage his pain for the rest of his life as well as care support for his wife so that she can continue to be looked after. Peter was very pleased with the outcome and extremely grateful to Slater and Gordon for our expertise, support and empathy throughout his case.

*Our client’s name has been changed for the purpose of anonymity.