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Home > News > Asbestos compensation lawyers win asbestos-related compensation for engineer's son

7th January 2013

Asbestos compensation lawyers win asbestos-related compensation for engineer's son

Our specialist asbestos compensation lawyers were asked to represent a man who had been diagnosed with asbestosis, decades after he had been exposed to asbestos dust on a daily basis. Tragically, he died whilst his claim was being investigated. Following his death, we were instructed by his son to continue with the claim on behalf of his father's estate.

The deceased's employer was a large multi-national organisation that had already been the subject of several asbestos-related compensation claims. The extent of the deceased's asbestos exposure was sufficiently extensive that there was no issue regarding the amount of exposure he had suffered. Through robust negotiation, we successfully settled this claim for a substantial five figure sum in asbestos compensation.

Exposure to asbestos in the workplace

The deceased had worked for the same employer for over 30 years until his retirement. A qualified engineer, he had worked at many locations for his employer and had been exposed to asbestos through working closely alongside colleagues who were working directly with asbestos. This included his work in boiler rooms where laggers would remove asbestos insulation, often by hammering it free, or where they would mix asbestos fibre with water to create asbestos cement paste for re-lagging the pipes.

His work also involved maintaining large finishing machines in the manufacturing plants. These were lagged with asbestos that had to be removed to allow access for the maintenance work. Here too, the laggers would mix asbestos dust to re-lag the machines before returning them to production. The bag of asbestos would be tipped into a wooden trough on the shop floor and mixed with water, generating excessive amounts of dust into the air causing all those present to inhale it.

His exposure was compounded by having to walk home in his asbestos contaminated overalls that were laundered at home. Many colleagues were referred to as “flour men” as they were covered with so much asbestos.

No protection from asbestos-related diseases such as asbestosis

At no time was the deceased advised of the dangers of asbestos dust, or that there was a risk that he may develop an asbestos-related disease such as mesothelioma or asbestosis. He was never given a mask.

Diagnosed with asbestosis

The deceased had suffered with a cough for some years prior to his diagnosis and when this led to difficulties breathing, he visited his GP. He was referred to a consultant for further tests including a biopsy, x-rays and scans. Fluid was taken from his lungs, which briefly improved his condition, but sadly his health deteriorated and he passed away, only a few months after he had received the diagnosis of asbestosis.

Described as a man who enjoyed life, a good, kind man who is greatly missed, his negligent exposure to asbestos had shortened his life by several years. A widower, the deceased left a grown-up son.

Making a claim for asbestos-related compensation

Clear Answers' specialist asbestos compensation lawyers are waiting to provide you with expert legal advice. We specialise in all types of asbestos-related compensation claims.

If you or a family member has been injured 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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