Mesothelioma compensation secured for joiner’s family13 April 2015
Thompsons Solicitors secures compensation for family of a man who died from asbestos disease
Thompsons Solicitors has secured substantial compensation for the family of a Lancashire man who died from asbestos disease.
Norman Rees died in 2013 from mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the lungs.
Norman was exposed to asbestos for more than two decades between 1963 and 1985 working as a maintenance joiner at a transport depot in Blackpool.
During this time he was never provided with any protection from asbestos and his employer failed to warn him about its dangers.
Throughout his life Norman had been fit but in 2011 tests revealed asbestos scarring on his lungs. He was diagnosed a year later with the asbestos-related terminal cancer, mesothelioma.
Following his diagnosis, Norman contacted industrial disease specialists Thompsons Solicitors who obtained a detailed history of his exposure to asbestos and made a successful claim against his former employer.
Norman’s son, David, said: “Compensation doesn’t change the fact that my father died from a disease caused by going out to work so he could earn a living and provide for us. However, thanks to Thompsons my mother now has financial security and some peace of mind.
“Thompsons were fantastic throughout this offering an excellent legal service and solid support to our family.”
Steven Dickens, of Thompsons Solicitors, said: “The terrible legacy of asbestos disease in the UK is set to continue for decades. Norman, like so many other workers, should never have been exposed to asbestos and certainly not without his employer warning of the dangers or providing proper protection.
“Working alongside asbestos victim support groups and trade unions we will continue to use our unrivalled experience in asbestos disease claims to hold negligent employers and their insurers to account.”
Asbestos disease diagnosis? Talk to us for advice and support on how to secure compensation.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we can support you with advice on how to make a claim.
The process will be explained in plain English and with no obligation – our priority is to provide you with the best, expert advice on whether you have a valid case for compensation, and to signpost you to further sources of support.
There are strict time limits applied to making a claim – usually three years from the date of diagnosis. It doesn’t matter if the exposure to asbestos took place – as it often does – decades ago, the three year time limit applies to the date of knowledge of diagnosis or date of death.
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