Mesothelioma sufferer receives £200,00004 March 2009
Compensation for asbestos-related disease
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and there is no cure for the disease, which can take up to 40 years to develop.
He was exposed to asbestos while employed as a labourer's mate by one of the companies which subsequently became part of Cape Plc, on the construction of a power station, Rye House, Hertfordshire.
Mixing asbestos used to insulate boiler pipes
He was responsible for mixing asbestos used to insulate boiler pipes. He had taken on the job to earn money before joining the Royal Air Force.
He instructed the asbestos claims specialists Thompsons Solicitors after contacting the Merseyside Asbestos Victims Support Group (MAVSG) for advice. The group provides support and guidance to victims of asbestos related diseases.
Thompsons was successful in securing £200,000 in compensation after producing evidence that led to a judgement being made against Cape Plc who not only denied that they had employed the client but also denied that they had been on this particular site.
The client said: “It was a hard job but it paid well. I was only doing it for the summer before joining the RAF. I had no idea that it would lead to me becoming ill so many years later.
“I decided to pursue compensation after being told I could by MAVSG. I had heard good things about Thompsons. They have done a great job and I am relieved that the claim has been settled in my lifetime.”
Exposed to asbestos while working
John Flanagan from MAVSG said: “This man was unwittingly exposed to asbestos while working for Cape Plc and as a result he is fighting a fatal disease. We are only too pleased to have helped him.”
Joanne Candlish from Thompsons Solicitors added: “Mesothelioma is a devastating disease.
“It was important to this client that his claim was dealt with quickly and brought to a conclusion during his lifetime so that he knew his family would be provided for financially.”
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