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Helen Tomlin - Asbestos compensation solicitor

Leeds senior asbestos compensation solicitor

Helen has specialised in asbestos claims since qualification. She is passionate about obtaining just compensation for the victims of asbestos-related diseases.

Amongst her successful compensation claims, she has won cases for victims suffering with mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer, asbestosis and pleural thickening.

Based in our Leeds office, Helen represents clients in Yorkshire. She also works closely with local asbestos support groups and lung cancer nurse specialists, to enhance her own knowledge and understanding of asbestos related conditions, and to provide support to other organisations who provide invaluable services to victims of asbestos related disease.

Helen has developed a deep understanding of the effects of exposure to asbestos on the victim and their families. She has gained in-depth knowledge of the investigative processes required to successfully pursue a claim and bring guilty defendants to justice.

1800 victims of mesothelioma die every year. Helen understands that once a diagnosis is confirmed, the victim typically has only a limited time to live. She strives to conclude the claim within the lifetime of the victim, so that they know that their families will be financially secure after they are gone. When this is not possible and the victim dies, she continues to work with the family to secure the compensation to which they are entitled.

Helen’s sensitivity and passion to obtain the best outcome for her client will ensure that you and your family obtain just compensation for your suffering, as quickly as possible.

Successful asbestos compensation claims

Here is just a small sample of the successful asbestos-related claims that Helen has concluded.

Exposure to asbestos – Mesothelioma victim

In the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Mr Brown was constantly exposed to asbestos when he came across thermal insulation engineers (“laggers”) as he went about his work, and when using facilities such as the canteen that was also frequented by laggers. The laggers were working with asbestos constantly and would generate clouds of dust through their work. They would dust themselves off before entering the canteen, leaving clouds of asbestos dust through which Mr Brown and other employees had to walk.

Throughout this period of exposure, Mr Brown had been employed at various power stations. His work was often in the boiler rooms and he was forced to inhale asbestos dust and fibres when the laggers were cutting asbestos sheets, or removing old, crumbling asbestos lagging from the pipework.

As was typical of victims of mesothelioma, Mr Brown did not develop the disease until many years after his exposure. Helen took up his case and was able to bring it to a successful conclusion whilst Mr Brown was still alive. Sadly, he has since passed away but was enthusiastic in his praise of Helen’s efforts on his behalf, comparing her to a “Jack Russell with a rat – she just wouldn’t let go”.

Helen was forced to issue court proceedings and although the case proceeded, neither of the employers contested the case. Mr Brown was awarded substantial compensation for his pain and suffering with such a devastating disease as mesothelioma.

Asbestos compensation claim – Asbestosis

Helen’s client was exposed to asbestos with a number of different companies during his working life. He moved from job to job, sometimes after only very short periods of time with an employer. He was diagnosed with asbestosis, causing 5% disability and pleural plaques.

Due to a change in the law, Helen’s client was no longer able to claim compensation for pleural plaques, and the claim proceeded on the basis of asbestosis causing a 5% disability alone.

Helen managed to trace many of her client’s former employers, and Court proceedings were issued against 11 defendants. The Defendants argued that asbestosis was not sufficient to cause him what amounted to a disability in law, and that he should be awarded either no compensation or minimal compensation.

The matter proceeded to trial, where the evidence was heard by a Judge in Court. The Judge accepted our arguments that the 5% disability had a significant affect on her client’s ability to carry out his usual tasks of daily living, and awarded him a substantial sum. In addition, the Court allowed him to settle the claim on a “provisional damages” basis, meaning that if he is unfortunate enough to go on to develop a worsening of his asbestosis or another asbestos related disease such as mesothelioma, he can return to the Defendants for further compensation in the future.

This means that Helen’s client and his family are protected into the future, and have the security of knowing that he can come back for further compensation if the worst should happen.

Client comments

Here are just a few of examples of thanks expressed by clients for whom Helen has successfully fought for asbestos-related compensation.

“[Helen] was like a Jack Russell with a rat – she may not find that flattering but I mean it to be – she wouldn’t let go."
Mr Bryan Brown – recipient of mesothelioma compensation

"When your company agreed to proceed with this [my brother’s] claim Helen Tomlin our solicitor explained in detail the processes required for the claim to proceed, also painting out problems that may occur. During the course of the claim we had meeting with Helen to discuss problems and provide information, at the meeting Helen was very helpful. We would express our thanks to Helen for all efforts on our behalf."
Recipient of mesothelioma compensation on behalf of his late brother

"I was impressed with the prompt attention I received."
Pleural plaques sufferer

Making an asbestos-related compensation claim

Clear Answers' lawyers have won important decisions in the highest courts in the UK for asbestos victims and have a proven commitment to their rights.

Telephone us now on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms, and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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