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Home > News > Mesothelioma compensation for engineer exposed to asbestos

2nd February 2009

Mesothelioma compensation for engineer exposed to asbestos

An engineer, our client had led a varied, busy and much travelled life. Even in retirement he continued to work to support a family run business and looked forward to doing so for many years.

He asked for our mesothelioma compensation claim advice when he was tragically diagnosed with this fatal asbestos-related disease, just a few short years after his retirement.

Our specialist asbestos compensation lawyers were able to obtain an award of well over £100,000 in mesothelioma compensation.

Part of this award was paid as an interim payment which gave our client immediate access to funds to help with his on-going needs.

We were able to secure both this interim payment and the final settlement during his lifetime. Not only will he have had the benefit of being able to use the money to allow him to live as comfortable a life as possible, but he has the peace of mind that his family will be financially secure after his death.

Exposed to asbestos on a daily basis

For most of his working life, our client was not exposed to asbestos. However, during one five year period, his employer negligently exposed him to asbestos on a daily basis.

A fitter, he worked in an area where plant and processes would be tested for feasibility. It was an area constantly in a state of change, dismantling and modifying equipment such as vessels, reactors and tanks. Asbestos insulation was used extensively.

He worked in close proximity with laggers who frequently had to mix asbestos from paste with water. Insulation was constantly applied and removed from pipework and vessels as the requirements changed, and maintenance was carried out.

Our client was involved in repairing steam leaks, which routinely required him to strip off asbestos insulation by banging it off with a chisel or hammer. Dust and debris would drop down from higher levels, through open walkways. Our client had no option but to inhale the deadly fibres that were constantly present in the air.

Dust and debris on clothing and overalls

At no time was our client warned of the dangers of working with asbestos, or advised of any precautions he could take to avoid inhaling the deadly fibres. He and his colleagues were issued with fireproof boiler suits, which quickly became full of the asbestos dust. These overalls were taken home on a weekly basis to be washed.

Symptoms of mesothelioma

Still very active in his retirement, our client was on holiday with his family, enjoying their usual habit of taking long walks. During the holiday, he noticed that he was becoming increasingly short of breath, which quickly deteriorated during the short time they were away.

Back home, he went to see his GP who immediately admitted him to hospital for tests and treatment, including draining his lungs and various biopsies. A short time later, our client and his family received the tragic news that he was suffering from the fatal asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.

As is typical in cases of mesothelioma, our client’s condition deteriorated quickly and he had to have a further chest drain, which did improve his condition for a short while.

He also underwent several sessions of chemotherapy, which resulted in significant and varying side effects, and leaving him extremely tired. He has difficulty sleeping and finds his illness particularly frustrating, as he is unable to continue with the voluntary work with young people which he so enjoyed.

Court proceedings issued for mesothelioma compensation claim

Initially the defendant failed to admit liability for negligent exposure. It was therefore necessary for our specialist mesothelioma lawyers to issue court proceedings on behalf of our client.

The claim was brought on the basis of several failures of the Factories Acts 1937 and 1963.

However, before the trial date, liability was admitted and we were able to negotiate an increase on the defendant’s initial offer of mesothelioma compensation, which our client felt able to accept, giving him and his family financial security.

Mesothelioma compensation claims

Clear Answers’ teams of experts are waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your mesothelioma compensation 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.

Our specialist 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.

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

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