Mrs Leightley was an employee of the defendants Proctor & Gamble Limited and worked for them as a laboratory technician since 1984. Her employment involved her in testing a variety of raw materials and chemicals used in the manufacture of fragrances, hair colourants and a variety of other beauty care products.
She later developed asthma believed to be caused by the work conditions.
A claim was issued against Mrs Leightley’s employers in the Newcastle County Court. The claim was complicated, in fact it was not possible to identify if Mrs Leightley’s asthma was caused by work conditions. It was pursued on the basis that there had been breach of statutory duty which had materially increased the risk of asthma from work and specifically a breach of the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations.
We commissioned a report from the Health & Safety Consultant with expertise in the control of hazardous substances and laboratory work. The defendants argued throughout the case that they would not accept that there had in fact been a breach of the Regulations and they ultimately offered to settle the claim out of court. Ultimately the defendants made an offer to settle the claim in the amount of £30,000 which was accepted by Mrs Leightley.
If you or a loved one has suffered from respiratory problems - such as occupational asthma or silicosis - caused by conditions at work, our solicitors could help you claim compensation. See our Industrial Disease Claims page for more information.
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