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Alida is the partner who heads up the Midlands and South West Workplace Illness teams, which are two of the largest and most experienced specialist teams in the area.
Qualifying in 1996, Alida has only ever worked for injured claimants and has over 18 years’ experience recovering compensation in the asbestos disease arena, having worked as part of the team which won the first environmental asbestos exposure case (Hancock) in 1995.
Since that time, Alida and her team have worked tirelessly to obtain justice for victims exposed to asbestos who have developed asbestos illnesses (Mesothelioma, lung cancer, pleural thickening and asbestosis) both through their employment and through environmental exposure.
Alida has obtained one of the highest awards during lifetime for a Mesothelioma sufferer (£1.5m) and regularly engages the services of experts to assist families to engage carers to assist with practical care needs caused by these illnesses. The emphasis of the team is to make a difference to the quality of life of their clients, as quickly as possible, not merely to measure success in terms of damages recovered.
Alida has a unique insight into the difficulties suffered by the victims of asbestos exposure, she is respected both for her knowledge and understanding of the issues facing her clients. Alida is recognised by many health and other professionals as a leading lawyer in this field. She lectures regularly and is a Trustee of Mesothelioma UK.
The team has also recovered compensation for those affected by other workplace illnesses over the last 12 months, including (but not limited to) asthma, vibration white finger, noise induced hearing loss, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury.
"An excellent litigator who is "hands-on" with cases." - Chambers & Partners 2017
“Our work means we have seen a huge number of cases related to lives touched by the terrible legacy of asbestos. While the material is often associated with industrial environments, we also now see many instances where people have been exposed to the material in public buildings such as hospitals and schools.
“While the scale of the presence of asbestos is significant, it is positive to note the council’s views on the matter and the fact that such detailed information exists regarding its presence.
“Simply too many lives have been lost to asbestos, including instances which emerged after the dangers of the material were known. It is vital that councils use effective management processes and systems to ensure that it is always monitored and any potential risks acted upon.”
“I met with Ray shortly after he had been diagnosed with Mesothelioma to discuss his recollections of asbestos exposure whilst employed at Ford.
“During my investigations I have also spoken with other men who worked at the foundry, who have provided additional information about the presence of asbestos at the Ford site in Leamington.
“More worryingly, it is my understanding that there are a number of other similar cases amongst workers who previously worked at the Ford site.
“Only a small proportion of those exposed to asbestos will go on to develop Mesothelioma. However, once diagnosed, Mesothelioma is a very aggressive, and sadly, incurable cancer.
“We hope that anyone who has information about the use of asbestos at the Ford site in Leamington will come forward and provide additional evidence about how Ray came into contact with asbestos.”
This is a victory for all victims of asbestos-related diseases who have been exposed to the deadly dust while visiting factory premises as part of their day-to-day job. It also extends the scope of the Factories Act to assist those injured during their work on factory sites. It makes perfectly clear that the occupiers of the factory building have responsibility for protecting people engaged in processes on their site, not just their direct employees.
“This judgment will not only provide reassurance for those who are currently in a similar situation and are also suffering from mesothelioma or other industrial diseases, but also the many people who will receive the devastating news in future that they have contracted the terminal cancer as a result of exposure decades ago.
“This case is the latest in a long line of challenges over the past few years as insurers have sought to limit access to justice for victims of asbestos diseases. This Judgment will give all people who work on factory sites additional protection in their working environment. At a time when the current Government seem set on eroding the protection offered to people at work, it is refreshing to note that the Judges in the Supreme Court take the protection of workers seriously.”
The dangers that asbestos can pose are widely known, yet time and time again our work on behalf of those diagnosed with mesothelioma and their families means we see instances where people have developed mesothelioma as a result of employers failing to heed warnings regarding the material.
"It is vital that all construction companies and their staff appreciate the dangers of asbestos, exposure to which can have lethal consequences many years later.
"Irwin Mitchell calls for stronger penalties and a better resourced Health and Safety Executive to enable more effective prosecutions to be brought against criminally reckless and negligent employers to reflect the devastating consequences which can follow exposure to asbestos products."
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