Damages of £112,500 net of deductions for state benefits were paid to the widow of a former carpenter who died from mesothelioma. The deceased had been exposed to asbestos in the course of repairing and replacing corrugated asbestos roofing on council owned properties during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Compensation included damages for the deceased’s injuries, bereavement damages for his widow, a sum to reflect the nursing care and assistance provided by his widow and other close relatives and compensation for the widow’s past and future loss of financial dependency together with various out of pocket expenses incurred. The Defendant in this case was the London Borough of Havering
A 78 year old former factory worker accepted damages of £35,000 for asbestosis. He had been exposed to asbestos from the late 1960s to the early 1980s cutting marinite boards used for the manufacture of spray booths and was also exposed to asbestos installing trunking for ventilation which required him to cut away asbestos from pipework and also to cut into asbestos corrugated roofing. The Defendant in this case was Burntwood Engineering Limited.
A 67 year old man accepted a provisional damages settlement in the sum of £35,000 after he developed asbestos as a result of exposure to asbestos with 2 former employers who exposed him to asbestos in the course of his work carrying out maintenance and repairs on heating and pipework on the Defendant’s premises, namely an RAF base and a hospital. The provisional settlement allowed him to make a further claim for damages in the event of his asbestosis deteriorating significantly if he developed a new disease, namely mesothelioma, asbestos related lung cancer or diffuse pleural thickening. The Defendants in this case were RAF Mildenhall in Suffolk and West Suffolk Health Authority.
Provisional damages in the sum of £25,000 were agreed on behalf of a 66 year old man previously exposed to asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s with two different employers. He was initially exposed to asbestos working in a factory where he was required to strip asbestos from pipes and later exposed to asbestos working in a forge. He developed asbestosis resulting in a 10% respiratory disability. The terms of settlement allowed a further claim in the event of him developing diffuse pleural thickening, mesothelioma or asbestos related lung cancer. The Defendants in this case were Foseco International Limited and Forgings Presswork Limited.
A 67 year old former carpenter claimed damages for asbestosis having been exposed to asbestos with two former employers. He had been exposed to asbestos when repairing and replacing corrugated asbestos roofing on Council owned properties and was also exposed to asbestos when cutting and installing Asbestolux sheeting as fireproofing within a factory. Initially the Defendants were unwilling to pay any damages because the Claimant had no symptoms of breathlessness but a settlement was reached whereby the damages were agreed at £10,000 gross on a provisional basis allowing him to make a further claim in the future if he suffered a deterioration due to asbestosis or if he developed asbestos related pleural thickening, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
Relatives of a former carpenter accepted gross damages of £35,000 after the deceased died from asbestosis at the age of 81. The deceased had been exposed to asbestos working for three companies in Merseyside shipyards. Two of the Defendant companies had ceased trading and damages were reduced to take into account the fact that there were significant periods of employment for which no Insurer could be traced. Damages were also reduced to take into account the deceased’s other significant medical problems and the fact that he had been unaware of the diagnosis of asbestosis when he died.
A former labourer and pipe lagger was exposed to asbestos for as little as a few months only and was diagnosed with pleural thickening which resulted in him retiring earlier than anticipated. There was a firm denial of liability. Legal proceedings were issued in Court and the client’s case settled for £110,000.
A former heating engineer with a significant heart condition developed diffuse pleural thickening as a result of his exposure to asbestos. We were only able to identify 85% of the past employers/Insurers. His case settled for £44,000 on a provisional basis allowing him to return for further damages should his asbestos condition significantly deteriorate.
The estate of a pipe fitter/plumber who was exposed to asbestos while working on cruise ships in the 1980s and died from mesothelioma received an award of £90,000, the matter being complicated by the deceased having an estranged wife living abroad who in any event was entitled to a limited award for bereavement.
Our client was diagnosed with mild diffuse pleural thickening which was not likely to deteriorate in the future due to his exposure to asbestos. He had been working as a scaffolder in the 1970s. He was awarded £30,000 in final settlement, not wishing to seek a provisional award of damages.
A former stone mason who worked on the stone work of ancient monuments alleged exposure to asbestos and was thought by his Doctors to be suffering from asbestosis. The Defendants did not agree with the diagnosis of asbestosis and the engineering evidence did not support any significant exposure to asbestos which would be needed for a diagnosis of asbestosis. Despite the lack of medical evidence an award of £10,000 was secured.
A former fitter working on power stations was diagnosed as suffering from asbestosis and pleural thickening during his lifetime due to exposure to asbestos but, during the course of the claim, he passed away. At the Post Mortem, insufficient evidence was found of actual asbestos exposure which may have caused any asbestos related illness. In any event, a gross award of £57,637.70 was secured for the deceased’s widow.
We issued legal proceedings in Court on behalf of a former fabricator who had been diagnosed with asbestosis and diffuse pleural thickening. There was no evidence of sufficient exposure to asbestos during his employment with the actual Defendant company. The main and significant exposure had occurred with an earlier untraceable employer. His claim settled for the sum of £18,750.
A former mechanical maintenance fitter exposed to asbestos working at various power stations in the 1960s and 1970s accepted provisional damages of £15,000 for asbestosis resulting in a mild disability and the Court Order allowed him to make a further claim in the event of the asbestosis progressing significantly or if he developed asbestos-related lung cancer, mesothelioma or diffuse pleural thickening. The Defendant in this matter was Tilbury A Power Station.
A former ground stewardess at Heathrow airport developed mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos in the 1960s and 1970s working alongside tradesmen using asbestos materials as part of redevelopment work in the airport. She died before the claim settled and her relatives accepted a damages payment of £72,500 representing net damages after deductions to reflect state benefits received by the deceased from the Government before she died.
The widow of a former electrician accepted damages of £154,000 after her husband died at the age of 79 from mesothelioma. The deceased had been exposed to asbestos working in various power stations and gas works in the South East of England. The Defendants in this case were Dartford Power Station, Bankside Power Station, Tilbury Power Station, Beckton Gas Works and Greenwich Gas Works.
The widow of a former tug boat master accepted damages of £160,000 after her husband died from mesothelioma. The deceased had never personally handled asbestos but was exposed to asbestos when he worked alongside laggers involved in routine maintenance and repairs on tug boats on the River Thames. The Defendant in this case was W.H.J. Alexander Limited, later known as Svitzer Towage Limited.
A former lagger who was exposed to asbestos in the 1950s and 1960s made a claim against three past employers and accepted provisional damages in the gross sum of £50,000 after he developed pleural thickening as a result of his exposure to asbestos . The Court Order made provision for a further claim to be made if the pleural thickening progressed significantly or if he went on to develop asbestosis, lung cancer or mesothelioma.
A 79 year old former tyre factory worker settled a claim for damages for asbestosis causing a moderate disability in the sum of £27,000. Terms of settlement allowed a further claim to be made if the asbestosis progressed significantly or if he developed a new asbestos related disease. The Defendant in this case was Goodyear Dunlop Tyres.
A former pipefitter who developed asbestosis and asbestos related lung cancer as a result of his employment in the 1960s and 1970s made a claim for damages against ten past employers. He died before the claim was settled and his widow continued with the action. The gross damages figure agreed between the parties was £200,000. His widow received net damages of £140,000 after deductions were made to reflect periods of exposure for which no Insurer could be traced and to reflect state benefits received by the deceased before he died.
A former demolition worker accepted an offer of provisional damages of £8,223 for asbestosis and pleural thickening allowing him to make a further claim if the existing diseases progressed significantly or if he developed asbestos related lung cancer or mesothelioma. In this case the damages had been reduced to reflect the fact that it had only been possible to trace the Insurers for approximately half of the period of exposure to asbestos and damages had also been reduced to reflect a lump sum payment already received from the Government under the Workers Compensation Act Scheme.
A former lagger exposed to asbestos for only 2 months in the late 1960s developed diffuse pleural thickening causing a moderate disability and settled his claim on a provisional basis for £37,500. Medical experts for both parties agreed that the Claimant was not at risk of developing either asbestosis or asbestos related lung cancer because of the short period of exposure to asbestos but they agreed that there was a risk of the pleural thickening progressing further and a risk of developing mesothelioma. The terms of settlement made provision for further claims to be made in the event of either a progression of his existing disease or the development of mesothelioma.
A 71 year old welder/pipe fitter exposed to asbestos by 9 different employers developed pleural thickening and asbestosis. Employers’ Insurers traced and case settled just before trial for £70,930 on a provisional basis.
A 65 year old former tile fitter developed mild asbestosis after being exposed to asbestos by two employers, only one of whose Insurers could be traced, accepted a provisional award of £14,000 which enabled him to go back to Court in the future should his condition significantly worsen or he develops an asbestos related malignancy.
A 66 year old navy dock worker who developed diffuse pleural thickening accepted £23,502 by way of provisional damages as he wanted to ensure he could go back to Court for further damages in the future if necessary.
A 77 year old boiler worker, whose initial claim for pleural plaques could not proceed, subsequently developed asbestosis. His case was re-opened and he received £50,000 by way of a full and final settlement of damages without Court proceedings being issued.
A 73 year old commercial electrician suffering from very mild asbestosis with no noticeable health effects requested a full and final settlement and settled his claim in the sum of £10,000 without going to Court.
The estate of a former widowed boiler worker secured an overall award of damages in the sum of £75,000 without Court proceedings, as he had mesothelioma and died after a short illness.
An 81 year old former electrical fitter exposed to asbestos, working in a Power Station for thirty three years, developed asbestosis and settled a claim for damages for £19,000.00 on a provisional basis.
A 72 year old man, who developed pleural thickening and asbestosis as a result of exposure to asbestos in the 1960s, working in an Iron and Steel Works, settled a claim for damages for injuries in the sum of £45,000.00 on a full and final basis.
A 73 year old former maintenance fitter, exposed to asbestos for two years from 1959 to 1961, in a factory which manufactured asbestos board settled a claim for £55,000.00 on a provisional basis for pleural thickening. Damages included a sum to cover the cost of care provided by his wife and to enable him to purchase various items of equipment, including an electric scooter. The Defendant in this case was Cape Asbestos.
A former electrician diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 67 had been exposed to asbestos working at an Aluminium Extrusion Plant. His claim was settled during his lifetime for £152,542.00. This sum included damages for injuries, nursing care, aids and equipment and damages to compensate him for the loss of enjoyment of his future pension income.
Damages were agreed at £14,000 for the widow of a former painter and decorator who was exposed to asbestos as a result of sanding asbestos guttering and downpipes and from working in the vicinity of laggers. The deceased died from causes un-related to asbestos exposure but asbestos related diffuse pleural thickening had made a minor contribution to his symptoms in the last 2 years before he died.
An 86 year old former Plant Attendant exposed to asbestos working for the CEGB in various power stations between 1957 and 1970 accepted damages of £110,000 for mesothelioma. The Defendants in this case were Hackney Power Station and Walthamstow Power Station.
Damages were agreed at £27,100 for a former bus mechanic who developed asbestosis and diffuse pleural thickening as a result of exposure from filing asbestos brake linings. The Defendant in this case was United Counties Omnibus Company.
The relatives of a former lagger accepted damages of £97,500 after the deceased died from asbestosis and lung cancer. The parties had agreed to a reduction of 25% to the overall damages to reflect the fact that the deceased had been a smoker on an off until he died and had thereby increased his risk of cancer by his own contributory negligence. The Defendants in this case were Kitsons and Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Limited.
A former asbestos factory worker accepted damages of £100,000 after his wife died from mesothelioma caused as a result of washing his asbestos contaminated work clothes many years earlier.
A former employee of a steel manufacturer accepted damages of £20,000 after he developed asbestos related pleural thickening as a result of exposure to asbestos used throughout the steel plant. The Defendant in this case was British Steel.
A former carpenter exposed to asbestos working in a chemical plant and at a nuclear power station developed mesothelioma at the age of 80 and accepted a settlement of £120,000 which included damages for the cost of future nursing care not only for himself but also to cover the cost of care needed by his disabled wife when he was no longer able to look after her.
A 74 year old former carpenter received £30,000 damages for asbestosis and pleural thickening resulting from exposure to asbestos working for a shop-fitting company in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Damages were agreed in the sum of £129,000 for the widow of a former fireman employed at a car manufacturing plant who developed mesothelioma at the age of 73. The Defendant in this case was Rolls Royce.
The widow of a former Dock worker who died from mesothelioma at the age of 79 accepted damages of £105,000. The deceased had regularly unloaded asbestos cargo from ships in the 1950’s and 1960’s. The Claimant was exposed to asbestos when unloading asbestos from Clan Line vessels working under the National Dock Labour Boad.
An 84 year old former carpenter exposed to asbestos over many years in the building industry received £23,900 damages after he was diagnosed with asbestosis.
The widow of a former mule spinner received £123,000 after her husband died from mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos working in a textile mill. Although the deceased never handled asbestos he was exposed to the dust when it fell into the general working area from overhead heating pipes lagged with asbestos when the heating was switched on each day and when repairs were carried out to pipes. The Defendant in this case was G. Garnett & Sons.
Relatives of a former shipyard carpenter who died at the age of 78 accepted settlement of £55,000 after the deceased died from mesothelioma. The deceased had worked with sheets of marinite which were used for insulation in the construction of ships. His symptoms were believed to have lasted for a few weeks only. The Defendant in this case was Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Limited.
Damages of £170,000 were agreed for the widow of a former employee of the Central Electricity Generating Board who died from diffuse pleural thickening caused by exposure to asbestos through his work as a fitter and later, a boiler operator in a power station. The Defendant in this case was Earley Power Station.
The widow of a former heating engineer exposed to asbestos in the early 1980’s working on boilers and pipework in schools and pubs accepted damages of £200,000 after her husband died from mesothelioma.
A former gas fitter settled a claim for damages for asbestosis for £35,000. He had been exposed to asbestos as a result of cutting asbestos flue pipes and asbestos board used for insulation when fitting gas cookers and gas fires. The Defendant in this case was Eastern Gas Board.
A widow of a former factory employee settled a claim for damages for £402,000 after her husband died from mesothelioma at the age of 59.
A former sheet metal worker exposed to asbestos as a result of maintaining furnaces received £70,000 damages for diffuse pleural thickening. The Defendant in this case was Ellison Circlips Limited.
The widow of a former power station technician received £300,000 damages after her husband died from mesothelioma at the age of 65. The Defendant in this case was English Electric Company Limited, the Claimant having worked for them at Drakelow C Power Station.
A former shipyard worker received provisional damages of £25,000 for asbestosis in a settlement allowing him to make a further claim if his condition deteriorates in the future. The Defendant in this case was Cammell Laird Shipbuilders Limited.
The deceased‘s cause of death at the age of 85 was asbestos related mesothelioma. The deceased was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres brought to her home by her son on his work clothing. Her son was employed by Tata Steel UK Limited. The deceased had never herself worked with asbestos and was only exposed to asbestos dust whilst at home and cleaning her own son’s work overalls. No admissions of liability were made, but the claim settled in the sum of £45,000 for the benefit of the deceased’s estate without proceeding to trial.
The Claimant was 65 years old and concluded his claim arising from his employment as an electrician with British Airways between 1988 and 2011 in the sum of £37,000 on the basis that he had developed mild asbestos related diffuse pleural thickening as a result of that employment. As part of his work he crawled through building voids and confined spaces where asbestos had been used as an insulating material.
71 year old client who was employed as a motor mechanic between 1959 and 1976 with Ken Jervis Limited and The National Coal Board. His employment involved him in chamfering brake linings and he consequently developed asbestos related diffuse pleural thickening. Whilst fully defended, an award was secured in the sum of £20,000 on a provisional damages basis, which allowed our client to return in the future for further damages should he develop an asbestos related malignancy.
The Claimant was aged 82 and was employed by Pressed Steel Company Limited as a welder mixing his own asbestos paste. Pressed Steel Company Limited was subsequently taken over by BMW. The Claimant developed asbestosis, but delayed making a claim. The Defendants pleaded limitation as a defence, stating that the Claimant was out of time to pursue a claim. Nevertheless, a settlement was achieved in the sum of £21,030 to reflect the substantial risk that the claim was statute barred and brought to our attention too late to make a claim.
88 year old male was previously employed by BBA Aviation Limited, formerly called British Belting & Asbestos Limited, during the period 1958 to 1961/2 as a night mixer of asbestos. Developed mild asbestosis and the claim was settled after the issue of Court proceedings in the sum of £25,000 taking into account his history of smoking.
Deceased client who was diagnosed as suffering from asbestosis just before he passed away. He had been employed by the University of Manchester between 1958 and 1989 as a joiner’s assistant working with asbestos sheeting and panels. The medical experts disagreed as to whether the deceased had actually developed asbestosis, no evidence being found at post mortem to support such a diagnosis and also whether mild asbestos related diffuse pleural thickening was present. An award of £7,000 to reflect the substantial risk of the claim failing was secured for the benefit of the deceased’s estate.
Client was a widow. Her late husband had been employed between 1959 and 1960 as a labourer working on power stations for an asbestos insulating company called Versil Limited. Sadly he developed mesothelioma and passed away. Whilst no admission of liability was actually made, a final settlement was secured for the benefit of his widow in the gross sum of £163,350.
Client aged 91 and was employed for many years by the Ministry of Defence as a civil contractor working on the land based development of steam powered aircraft carrier launch systems which involved installations insulated with asbestos. He developed asbestosis. Liability was disputed throughout until the matter was set down for trial when a full and final settlement was reached in the gross sum of £40,782.
Aged only 62, the Claimant was employed during the period 1972 to 1974/75 by Frank H Dale Limited erecting buildings, particularly agricultural buildings, and cladding the same with asbestos. He developed diffuse pleural thickening and despite a firm denial of liability and no insurance, a settlement was secured for the Claimant’s benefit in the gross sum of £35,000 on a provisional basis allowing him to return to Court in future for further damages should his asbestos related condition significantly deteriorate or he develops an asbestos related malignancy.
An 88 year old former employee of the Central Electricity Generating Board accepted damages of £55,000 for asbestosis. He encountered significant exposure to asbestos working in the maintenance department in a number of power stations including Battersea Power Station, Bankside Power Station, Taylors Lane Power Station, Kingston Power Station and Goldington Power Station during his employment between 1942 and 1984. He was exposed to asbestos as a result of removing lagging from pipework to carry out his own maintenance and repair duties although his heaviest exposure resulted from working alongside laggers who removed and replaced asbestos lagging on pipework and boilers.
A former mechanical fitter exposed to asbestos working at Tilbury A Power Station between 1965 and 1973 accepted an award of £72,500 damages, a second payment of compensation after his disability due to asbestosis increased following a provisional settlement in 2009. He received £15,000 under the original settlement and then further damages of £72,500 were agreed in 2014 to compensate him for the additional disability and to include damages for the loss of enjoyment of his future pension income resulting from the estimated reduction in his life expectancy and also to cover the cost of various mobility aids.
The Claimant accepted an offer of £176,000 damages shortly before he died from mesothelioma. His only exposure to asbestos occurred working as a joiner for Page & Taylor Limited, a building company in Preston. He did not personally use asbestos as part of his duties but worked in the vicinity of other employees cutting asbestos which was used to make linings for kitchen cupboards and also helped to sweep the floors and clean down the work benches which resulted in his clothes becoming heavily contaminated with asbestos. The damages payment included sums for his injuries and for the nursing care provided by relatives together with various out of pocket expenses and damages to reflect the fact that he would be deprived of the enjoyment of his future pension income as a result of his premature death.
A former employee of a builders’ merchants, Devon Trading Company, settled a claim for £27,500 after he developed diffuse pleural thickening resulting in modest breathing problems. He was exposed to asbestos from handling various asbestos products including flat and corrugated sheets of asbestos, bags of artex which would frequently burst open and rope asbestos. He also worked in the vicinity of other employees who used to cut asbestos on the premises.
A former employee of the Atlas Stone Company accepted an offer of damages of £35,000 after he developed asbestosis. He worked at the Defendant’s factory in Meldreth and was exposed to asbestos emptying bags of blue and white asbestos into a mixer and was also exposed when working in a department where asbestos corrugated sheets were manufactured. His settlement was reached on the basis that he would be entitled to make a further claim if his disability due to asbestosis progressed significantly, or if he developed diffuse pleural thickening, lung cancer or mesothelioma in the future.
The widow of a former carpenter accepted a payment of damages after her husband died from asbestosis. The deceased had been exposed to asbestos working for a number of building companies. However, it was not possible to trace all the relevant insurers and therefore damages were reduced significantly to £65,000 to compensate her in respect of her late husband’s exposure working only for Gilbert Ash (Southern) Limited and for Bovis Construction Limited.
A 92 year old Claimant accepted an offer of £15,000 damages after he developed diffuse pleural thickening as a result of exposure to asbestos handling and cutting asbestos ceiling tiles working at Visionhire in their offices in Preston, Lancashire between 1976 and the early 1980s. The Claimant also had significant chest problems which were not related to asbestos exposure.
A former carpenter at John Mowlem & Company Limited accepted an offer of damages of £25,000 on a provisional basis for asbestosis and diffuse pleural thickening. His only known exposure to asbestos was working as a foreman carpenter on a construction project overseas. Flat and corrugated asbestos materials were used for the construction of a factory and ancillary buildings. The settlement allowed a further claim to be made if his disability due to asbestosis or diffuse pleural thickening increased significantly or if he went on to develop lung cancer due to asbestos exposure or mesothelioma.
Case settled for £250,000 gross damages on behalf of the widow of a former dock worker who died from mesothelioma. He had been exposed to asbestos for 3 days working in the London Docks in the 1960s unloading raw asbestos cargo imported from overseas.
A 75 year old former shipyard worker accepted gross damages in the sum of £184,428 after he developed mesothelioma as a result of his exposure to asbestos working alongside laggers in a shipbuilding yard in Birkenhead. He had previously received a payment of damages in 2005 for asbestos related pleural plaques. Damages included expenses incurred as a result of having to move from his retirement home in France back to the UK to be cared for by relatives.
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