Successful fight for asbestos compensation08 May 2008
Exposure to asbestos caused mesothelioma
A proud businessman has told of his successful battle for compensation after he was diagnosed with fatal lung cancer, mesothelioma.
David Smith, 56, from Shaw near Oldham was awarded damages of £400,000 due to developing the illness after he was exposed to asbestos while working as an apprentice electrical engineer for Alstom Energy Limited from 1968 to 1980.
David, who has a wife, three sons and two grandchildren, was forced to give up his business maintaining street lights for local councils as a result of his condition.
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and there is no cure for the disease. Many sufferers have just months to live following diagnosis.
Asbestos claims experts, Thompsons Solicitors
David contacted asbestos claims experts Thompsons Solicitors when he was diagnosed with the disease in November 2007.
He has undergone chemotherapy and is now hoping to take part in trials for a new cancer drug which he hopes may help extend his life.
David was exposed to asbestos when he was just 15 working at Alstom’s Trafford Park premises. He worked with cable ducting which was insulated with asbestos.
He set up his own business 25 years ago maintaining street lights and employed two workers. Sadly, the business which he had hoped his sons would take over in later years, had to fold when he became ill.
No protection from asbestos dust
He said it was important to him to claim compensation because he was concerned about his family’s future.
He said: “After 25 years running my own business I was devastated that I had to close it down. At 56-years-old my life is finished. The compensation will not make me well again. I would rather have my health and be working. This money represents what I would have earned had I not developed mesothelioma.”
He added: “I had no idea back then that what we were working with could be so dangerous. We just got on with the job as we were told. We had no protection from the dust whatsoever.”
Joanne Candlish from Thompsons Solicitors said: “I am pleased we have been able to bring this claim to a successful conclusion quickly for Mr Smith. It was hugely important for him to protect his family’s financial welfare which he had worked so hard all his life to maintain. His claim included the losses caused as a result of being forced to close down his business. It was his wish that the compensation was secured in his lifetime.”
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.
For further information, visit our How to Make A Compensation Claim page.