Settlement For Former Mechanical Fitter Diagnosed With Mesothelioma After Asbestos Exposure

Expert Asbestos-Related Disease Lawyers At Irwin Mitchell Secure Settlement For Hartlepool Man Suffering With Mesothelioma

17.12.2014

A former mechanical fitter has spoken of his relief after his legal team secured a six-figure settlement from his former employers after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer caused by exposure to asbestos decades ago.

Peter Maguire Scott, 69, from Hartlepool, was diagnosed with the terminal cancer in July 2013 after a biopsy at James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough which was carried out after he visited his GP complaining of feeling unwell, tired and breathless. 

Specialist lawyers at Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office have now secured an undisclosed settlement from his former employers, English Electric Company, where he worked from 1967 to 1968 and Richardsons Westgarth (Hartlepool) Ltd and their subsidiary R W Engineering, where he worked from 1968 until 1971.

During his employment with the companies, Peter was exposed to asbestos while working at nuclear power stations and gas plants, where he came into close contact with asbestos which was used to lag pipework.

He regularly worked near areas where lagging was going on in power stations, with laggers using pre-formed sections of asbestos lagging which released asbestos dust into the atmosphere when cut.

Peter was not warned of the dangers of asbestos or offered any form of breathing mask or respiratory equipment during his employment with the two firms, which meant he regularly inhaled the hazardous dust and fibres which has subsequently caused his mesothelioma.

Isobel Lovett, an expert asbestos-related disease lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, who represented him, said: 

Peter said: “When I found out I had a terminal cancer it was devastating for myself and my wife, Joan. The disease has had a significant impact on my lifestyle, as I underwent several sessions of chemotherapy and my health has deteriorated rapidly since my diagnosis.

“My family and I are still struggling to come to terms with my diagnosis and what the future holds for us as my retirement, which I was looking forward to spending with my wife, will now be cruelly taken away from us, purely because I went to work every day and did my job. 

“I’m relieved that my legal team at Irwin Mitchell secured a settlement from my former employers as it will help to pay for any assistance and care I need in the future, as well as providing financial stability for my wife.”