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Successful Mesothelioma Compensation Claims

Fighting for Asbestos-Related Compensation

Here is just a small sample of mesothelioma cases that Clear Answers' solicitors have successfully fought, and won compensation for our clients. If you would like to see more examples of our expertise in fighting all types of asbestos-related compensation claims, please visit our Asbestos Compensation page.

For more information on all types of personal injury compensation claims, and our involvement in important asbestos-related campaigns, please go to our News Section which is updated regularly.

Please visit our section on information and advice for more details on making a personal injury compensation claim, or click on one of the links below to read details of our successful cases:

Recently retired plumber succumbs to fatal asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma

Like many people who tragically develop the asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma through the negligence of employers, our client was struck down quickly, once the disease had taken hold. Less than a year after his retirement, following a full and active working life, he was diagnosed with this fatal asbestos-related illness. Six months after this devastating diagnosis, our client sadly died, leaving his widow to continue the fight for their rightful mesothelioma compensation.

A plumber, her husband had followed a fairly typical path of working for several building and construction organisations around the country, moving where the work could be found, before settling following his marriage. There were also brief spells of self-employment and others working for agencies on a wide range of construction and refurbishment projects, including schools, offices and factories.

In many cases, he would be working either directly with, or in close proximity to, asbestos lagging which was being cut or removed, causing him to be exposed to asbestos dust and fibres. The old insulation material would be allowed to fall to the floor and, in the early years of his career, it would be his job to brush it up dry, creating even more dust which he then inhaled. On many occasions he worked inside boiler houses, alongside laggers who were installing new insulation, which was mixed from powder. This powder, which contained asbestos, was mixed with water to form a paste which was then applied to the boiler and pipes, often using their bare hands. This mixing operation caused dust to be thrown up which our client, and his colleagues, then inhaled.

At no time did any of his employers warn him of the dangers of developing mesothelioma, or any other asbestos-related diseases. He was never provided with a face mask. Despite the growing amount of information available to employers to warn them of the dangers of inhaling asbestos dust, they continued to expose our client’s husband, and his colleagues, to the long-term effects of exposure to asbestos.

Around the time of his retirement, her husband began to notice a persistent cough, and bouts of breathlessness. Initially, he put this down to lack of exercise since his retirement and put off visits to his GP until he could no longer ignore his deteriorating condition. During one of several visits with his GP, he was asked if he had ever worked with asbestos. Confirming that he had, his GP referred him to specialists for a CT scan and biopsy, the results of which confirmed that he was indeed suffering from the fatal asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.

Although advised that there was a possibility of surgery to improve his condition, he was informed that there was no cure for this devastating disease, mesothelioma. However, he underwent surgery, referred to as “debulking”. This involves the removal of the pleura (the lining of the lung) and as much of the tumour as possible. It was followed by several courses of radiotherapy, which unfortunately made him feel sick and nauseous. Although the surgery helped a little initially, his condition was not much improved.

Our client had to watch as her husband, in great pain and naturally depressed, withdrew into himself as he tried to deny his condition. He became irritable and, unable to sleep properly or eat, lost weight rapidly. Despite her own health issues, and providing help with even the most basic everyday tasks, our client supported him round the clock throughout his illness, until eventually he was admitted to a hospice where he died a few weeks later.

Not only has this fatal disease robbed her of her long-term partner, but mesothelioma robbed him of the quality time he should have enjoyed with his wife, grown-up children and grandchildren, after a lifetime of hard work to provide for his family’s future and his retirement.

Our specialist mesothelioma lawyers were forced to issue court proceedings when the defendants refused to admit liability. However, shortly before the trial date, our lawyers were able to successfully negotiate a substantial sum in mesothelioma compensation for our client’s loss and her husband’s suffering from this devastating fatal disease.


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Mesothelioma claims the life of a man already suffering injuries from a previous accident at work

Still only in his late 50's, one of our clients was devastated to learn that he was suffering from the asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma. Having already been classed as unfit to work following an accident at work some years earlier, our client now had to accept that his life was to be cut drastically short following the diagnosis of a work-related illness. With a wife and two adult children, he asked us to represent him to claim the mesothelioma compensation which he both deserved, and needed, to make sure his family was taken care of financially after his death.

Leaving school at 15, he had started work as an apprentice cabinetmaker, then spent some time in the Merchant Navy, before settling again in the UK. Working as a carpenter’s mate, carpenter, handyman, mechanic and scenic painter, his work involved a variety of jobs and working conditions, several of which resulted in exposure to asbestos dust in a number of locations, and ultimately resulted in the development of the fatal mesothelioma.

His first exposure to asbestos fibres was during the installation of a roof to garages where asbestos corrugated sheet was used. His job involved cutting the asbestos sheet which released asbestos fibres into the air and which he then inhaled. He was also covered in the dust and frequently had to brush down his clothes during the day. On another occasion he was involved in the demolition of an old factory which contained asbestos sheeting. The factory was literally knocked to the ground and caused the asbestos to be broken and damaged, raising clouds of the dust and fibres into the air.

When his career later took him into the world of Film and TV as a scenic painter, our client was involved in working on sets, including many famous films. Many of these sets were created using asbestos sheets to provide fire protection. This frequently involved cutting the asbestos sheets, firstly manually, but later using power tools which increased the amount of dust. Although not directly involved in the cutting, our client was working in close proximity to these activities and as the debris was never cleared away, the dust was continually disturbed, causing ongoing exposure to the asbestos.

In none of these situations was our client warned by his various employers about the dangers of inhaling asbestos fibres, nor provided with any personal protective equipment. Neither was the working environment made safe by the installation of extraction equipment to clear the air of the dust.

Diagnosed in 2003, our client suffered lung collapse and had to undergo drainage procedures. X-rays and a biopsy confirmed his condition was the asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma. Towards the end, he was unable to walk or even sleep well, and he had to use oxygen as he needed it.

Sadly our client died before his mesothelioma compensation claim was resolved. Court proceedings were issued and in the days before trial settlement was agreed and our specialist mesothelioma lawyers were able to negotiate a substantial compensation payment to ensure his family were financially secure.

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Compensation claim completed within 3 months for mesothelioma client.

Like many who succumb to the devastating disease mesothelioma, our client had lived a full and active life before he became ill. In this case, once the diagnosis was made, it was estimated by the doctors that our client probably had little more than a year to live.

Although he had suffered other minor health problems over the years, our client had been active since his retirement. He enjoyed golf, was a keen walker and played badminton. When he first began to notice difficulty with his breathing, and becoming tired easily, he visited his GP. Initially other health problems were suggested to be the cause, but further check-ups revealed that this was not the case.

He had developed fluid on his lungs, a common early diagnostic sign pointing to the suspicion of mesothelioma. Following an x-ray, he was admitted to hospital where they attempted to drain his lungs. This was not entirely successful, but he was allowed home briefly after a few days. He was re-admitted a short time later for other surgical procedures which improved his condition temporarily. However, he was then given the devastating news that the investigations confirmed he was suffering from the incurable work related illness, mesothelioma. On his release from hospital, his daughter was able to provide care and support during the day, but he was fiercely protective of his independence. He had been advised not to drive and greatly missed this pleasure.

Starting his working life as an apprentice welder, rising through fitter / turner to engineer, our client finally achieved a supervisory position. He worked for a number of employers over the years and also served in the Navy during the war, but our client was exposed to asbestos by only one of his employers. It was there that our client had worked alongside other men who were directly involved in fitting and replacing asbestos lagging to pipes. The asbestos was cut using a handsaw, causing large quantities of dust that contaminated the workplace. The employers took no steps to suppress the dust, or provide suitable masks or ventilation and extraction equipment, or warn employees about the dangers of inhaling asbestos dust.

Once the diagnosis of mesothelioma was confirmed, our lawyers commenced the claim and pressed hard for an admission of liability from the employer's insurers. The intention was to bring the case for mesothelioma compensation to a successful conclusion swifty, so that our client could benefit personally in the time he had left, and have the reassurance that his family would be financially secure.

Our specialist asbestos solicitors were able to obtain a settlement of £90,000 in mesothelioma compensation for our client. Because of our experience of dealing with asbestos related cases, our specialist asbestos solicitors are aware of the need for urgency, leading to this case being finalised only 3 months after the diagnosis of mesothelioma was confirmed.

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Mesothelioma Compensation Claims

Clear Answers’ lawyers have a reputation for obtaining the maximum compensation for people who suffer from an asbestos-related disease as a result of negligence by the employer, especially those where the disease is the fatal mesothelioma. Our teams of experts are waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your personal injury claim. We will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim and to talk you through the claims process in plain English.

Strict time limits apply to making a claim for any type of industrial disease, including asbestos-related diseases, so please contact an experienced solicitor as soon as you think you may have a claim for asbestos-related compensation.

Please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers if you or a family member is suffering or has suffered an asbestos-related disease. Alternatively, a representative will contact you as soon as possible, if you complete one of our on-line compensation claim forms.

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