Industrial Disease Expert Welcomes Court Of Appeal Ruling

Decision Links Toxins To Neurological Damage

19.07.2011

An appeal ruling made in relation to the link between exposure to toxins and neurological damage has been welcomed by an industrial disease specialist at Irwin Mitchell.

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the Ministry of Defence’s appeal against the ruling made in the case of Shaun Wood, an RAF corporal who needs to use a wheelchair after being diagnosed with an incurable Parkinsonian condition following exposure to solvents while working as a painter.

It has been ruled that there is a probable link between exposure to dangerous toxins and neurological damage in the case, which was unanimously dismissed by the residing judges.

Workplace illness specialists at Irwin Mitchell have welcomed the decision, stating that it is likely to provide hope to many people affected by similar problems.

Mark Allen, a expert in industrial disease claims, said: “The court’s decision to dismiss the appeal highlights the increasingly strong belief that exposure to toxins can be linked to neurological problems.

“While this will be welcomed by many people who have suffered similar problems, it is clear that all employers ensure that any workers involved in projects where there is likely to be exposure to strong solvents are given the necessary protection, training and safety guidance.

“The disappointing aspect of a case like this one, is that these problems could have potentially been avoided through the provision of equipment and advice.

“Lessons need to be learnt from this and we hope that all businesses take a serious look at the safety standards they currently have in place.”

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