Exposure to asbestos
Our client had suffered from asthma for some years when, in late 2003, his breathing got noticeably worse.
He went into hospital for initial tests which did not reveal the cause of his breathlessness. After numerous subsequent tests and investigations, our client was told that he had pleural plaques and a lung cancer which were probably linked to his previous exposure to asbestos.
A claim was issued against the successor to Mills Scaffold in the High Court in London. The claim was dealt with under an expedited system actually designed to deal quickly with mesothelioma claims, but offered to our client because of his serious asbestos-related disease and short life expectancy.
The High Court judge required RMD Kwik form to show why our client's claim should not succeed. The company's representatives were ultimately unable to do so but threatened to argue that there was no proven link between our client's exposure and the development of his lung cancer. This is a controversial area on which the courts have yet to rule definitively.
Fortunately, despite the potential argument, the claim was settled by negotiation for £40,000.
If you have developed an illness as a result of exposure to asbestos, you may be entitled to claim asbestos compensation
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