Occupational exposure to asbestos
Our specialist asbestos-related disease team helped a man claim compensation for asbestosis.
Our client was suffering from the serious side effects of his long term diabetes when, in May 2003, x-rays revealed that he had a problem with his lungs. Further investigations prompted a diagnosis that Mr E was suffering from mesothelioma as a result of his previous occupational exposure to asbestos.
Sadly, he died in August 2004 aged 64.
An post mortem examination and inquest concluded that he did not, in fact, have mesothelioma but rather that he suffered from asbestosis.
The coroner reached a verdict of industrial disease on the basis that our client's death was caused in part by his asbestosis. He had been employed as a mechanical fitter by the Central Electricity Generating Board at a number of power stations including Machynlleth and several others in Wales, Agecroft, Connah's Quay and Neepsend in Sheffield over a number of years.
Independent medical reports were subsequently obtained which concluded that our client would probably have died from his diabetes related illnesses even if he had not had asbestosis.
In light of the complications involving our client's diabetes, the claim was limited to compensation which could be recovered for the suffering he endured because of his asbestosis symptoms. Negotiations between our lawyers and the successor to his employer led to a settlement of his estate's claim for £15,000 in respect of his 15 months of symptoms.
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