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Successful asbestos-related compensation claims

Cases That We Have Successfully Fought For Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer Victims

Clear Answers' solicitors have extensive experience in dealing with all types of asbestos-related compensation claims, including many for sufferers of asbestos-related lung cancer, and we have very many satisfied clients. Below are details of just one example of a successful compensation claim.

Alternatively, please visit our main asbestos compensation page to read about other successful asbestos-related compensation claims.

Widower Brings Compensation Claim After Developing Asbestos-Related Lung Cancer

In his 80's, our client had previously thought himself fortunate not to have developed an asbestos-related disease, as he knew he had been negligently exposed to asbestos dust for many years. Sadly, this was not the case and as asbestos cancers can take decades to develop, his condition was only diagnosed following a routine medical check-up for an unrelated condition.

He had mentioned that he was concerned when coughing, and was sent for a chest x-ray which confirmed he was suffering from asbestos-induced lung cancer. Our client underwent several procedures to try to improve his condition, and establish the most appropriate method of treatment. These exploratory procedures included a bronchoscopy, which was carried out under local anaesthetic, and a lung biopsy. Unfortunately, the tumour had spread such that it made surgery impossible, so a course of radiotherapy was arranged.

He asked for compensation claim advice from our asbestos solicitors who specialise in all types of asbestos-related diseases. Tragically, our client died of lung cancer caused by asbestos before the asbestos claim could be completed, but the case was continued on behalf of his children and grandchildren.

Throughout his working life, our client had worked in and around asbestos. When he first left school he was employed to undertake lagging and insulating work where he was required to mix powdered white asbestos and apply the resultant paste as new insulation material; cut brown asbestos insulation material to size and apply it as new insulation material, and he worked in close proximity to others undertaking that same work.

The conditions in which he worked were dominated by asbestos, which was stored in the area in which he worked. The air was full of asbestos dust and fibres that could be clearly seen when the sun shone. At times, the volume of asbestos dust was so great that he and his colleagues, all of whom were young men, would play with it as if it were snow.

In these early years, our client and his colleagues were required to provide their own overalls. The asbestos dust would cover them, and he would then travel home in them where they would be washed.

After WWII, our client returned to the area and worked in the maintenance area of the locomotive works. His job was to repair and maintain steam pipes throughout the works, removing asbestos lagging from pipe work to gain access for the repairs. He later moved to maintenance of steam cranes that also required the removal of asbestos lagging from the crane's pipes and boilers.

For many of his working years he operated a milling machine, which was used to mill (or grind down) asbestos blocks or pads for various uses. This generated enormous quantities of asbestos dust, which was blown away using an air line, causing the asbestos dust to blow around the workshop where he inhaled it in large quantities.

Neither of these employers provided our client with advice about the dangers of asbestos exposure, the possibility of developing asbestos-related diseases, or what precautions he should take to protect himself. Nor did they provide any protective equipment such as masks or gloves, which would have helped to minimise the risk to our client. During his many years operating the milling machine, no extraction equipment was fitted, which might also have minimised the risk to our client.

During the course of this claim for compensation for asbestos exposure, one of the two defendants admitted liability for our client's exposure to asbestos dust, which resulted in his development of an asbestos-related disease. They made an offer of almost £100,000 in lung cancer compensation for our client. Tragically, this offer came shortly after our client had passed away, but was accepted on his behalf by the deceased's executors.

The life expectancy of those suffering from any fatal asbestos-related disease can be quite short once the diagnosis is made. Clear Answers' specialist asbestos lawyers recognise the importance of concluding these asbestos claims as quickly as possible, so that the victim has the benefit of the asbestos exposure compensation and the knowledge that their loved ones will be taken care of financially after they have gone.

The compensation for this client was agreed only six months after receiving the initial instructions to pursue a claim for lung cancer compensation.

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Asbestos-Induced Lung Cancer Compensation Claims

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

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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