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Home > News > Family of railway worker receives mesothelioma compensation

13th May 2013

Family of railway worker receives mesothelioma compensation

The devastated family of a widower who had begun a claim for compensation following his initial diagnosis of mesothelioma, has received compensation. Sadly, like so many victims of this fatal disease, he died before the claim could be concluded. His family asked us to continue the claim on their behalf, in order to fulfil the victim’s wishes.

Following robust negotiation by one of our specialist asbestos compensation solicitors we were able to secure a substantial five-figure sum in compensation for the family.

Almost 5 decades of exposure to asbestos whilst working on Britain’s railways

Shortly after leaving school, the deceased joined Great Western Railways, later part of British Rail. Over several years he worked his way through various posts to become a driver, a profession he held until his retirement in 1990.

Throughout his various roles, he had been routinely exposed to asbestos in a number of ways. In his early days he was involved in cleaning engines and boilers which were lagged with asbestos. The asbestos would disintegrate and flake away, causing him to breathe in the asbestos fibres.

Later as a fireman, he was exposed to asbestos fibres in the confined working area as the dust was released from the fire box by the vibration as the steam trains rumbled along. He also had to use asbestos rope to pack out any damaged valves and glands in the engine.

Finally, for many of his working years as a driver, he was exposed to asbestos from behind the panels in the driver’s cab.

At no point during his decades of exposure was the deceased warned of the dangers of exposure to asbestos by his employers. Nor was he provided with any protective measure such as a mask. He was also required to take his asbestos-covered overalls home to be washed, carrying the lethal fibres into his home.

Symptoms of mesothelioma

Just a few months before his death, the deceased had complained to his GP about his increasing shortness of breath. He was referred for an x-ray which confirmed that he had fluid on the lung. This was drained off but returned a short time later when another chest drain was carried out.

A post mortem following his death confirmed that the deceased had died from mesothelioma.

Making a claim for mesothelioma compensation

Clear Answers’ specialist asbestos compensation lawyers are willing to provide you with expert legal advice. We specialise in all types of personal injury compensation claims, but have particular expertise in successfully concluding asbestos-related disease compensation claims such as mesothelioma.

If you or a family member has suffered a personal injury through no fault of your own, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have, and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Alternatively, please complete one of our online compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as quickly as possible.

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