Dave has been successful in resolving many complicated asbestos-related disease claims over the years in which the employer who exposed the client to asbestos no longer exists or the insurance company is difficult to trace.
Dave not only has a vast amount of skill and knowledge of dealing with cases of this nature but also has an understanding of how difficult they can be for the victim and their family.
He always tries to recover the compensation his clients are entitled to in the shortest possible time. This is particularly important in cases involving terminal illnesses such as mesothelioma as it gives the victim some peace of mind that their family will be financially secure after their death.
Successful Asbestos Compensation Claims
Below you will find just a few examples of successful asbestos compensation claims which Dave has dealt with in Thompsons Solicitors' Birmingham office.
Mesothelioma diagnosis following training in derelict buildings
A police officer was exposed to asbestos during training exercises in derelict buildings, including disused factories and hospitals. As a result of breaking down doors and using stun grenades, asbestos dust was released from insulation boards and lagging on old hot water and steam pipes. No risk assessments were ever carried out.
Dave recovered substantial damages for the member’s wife, providing her with much needed financial security although no amount of money would ever compensate for the loss of her husband.
Mesothelioma claim for railway worker
A man who had spent his entire working life as a railway worker for British Rail had been negligently exposed to asbestos by his employers many times. He was never given any warning of the dangers nor was he given any protection such as a facemask.
After experiencing chest problems, medical tests were carried out and the client was diagnosed with mesothelioma. He was given less than a year to live. Dave worked hard to recover compensation in this case just six months after the client originally contacted Thompsons.
Exposed to asbestos by two employers
Dave’s client in this case had been negligently exposed to asbestos by two different employers in his early working life. He was never told of the dangers of working with asbestos and was never given any protection from the dangerous fibres.
Sadly, this client was only in his 50s when he was told that he had developed mesothelioma through his contact with asbestos. Doctors tried to extend his life with surgery and chemotherapy but he died only 14 months after being diagnosed. Dave succeeded in recovering £300,000 damages for him.
Mesothelioma claim which went to Court
A man who had worked for the NHS all his life had been negligently exposed to asbestos on a daily basis by his employers. He was only in his early 60s when his health deteriorated rapidly and he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. His doctors tried to extend his life with surgery and chemotherapy but he sadly died just a year after being diagnosed.
Dave had to take this case all the way to court before the NHS Trust involved would pay the client's family the compensation they deserved. They were awarded £155,000 in damages.
Dave is a Chartered Legal Executive.