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I’m a personal injury solicitor in Irwin Mitchell’s Newcastle office, representing clients in a range of cases involving child abuse, sexual assault, asbestos-related disease and work-related injury.
The most rewarding part of my job is being able to make a difference in people’s lives. Most clients who come to us have experienced tragic events, often with harrowing consequences. I feel privileged to be able to play a part in their lives in assisting them to seek justice.
I like working as part of a large national organisation, whilst helping to seek justice for the individual.
“The details which have emerged in this case are truly shocking and it is very welcome that action has been taken to tackle what has emerged as a result of this investigation. Operation Shelter is the latest in a number of high-profile investigations undertaken into the issue of grooming and exploitation and such work is a hugely positive step forward.
“The conclusion of cases of this nature is hugely important in that it often gives survivors greater reassurances that their concerns will be taken seriously if they come forward to authorities. It can be extremely difficult for a survivor of abuse to speak about what they have been through, but hopefully this latest case will continue to encourage people affected by such problems to simply not just suffer in silence.
“It is absolutely vital that those affected by abuse are able to get access to the support they need to take steps on the road towards coming to terms with their ordeals and moving forward with their lives.”
“This case is sadly another reminder of the terrible impact that asbestos has had on so many lives, with the true consequences of exposure only being seen many years later when serious illnesses develop.
“While Harry has sadly lost his battle with the cancer, his family remain desperate for answers regarding where he was exposed to asbestos and whether anything more should have been done to prevent his exposure to asbestos.
“We believe he may well have come into contact with the material during his time at these employers and would be grateful to hear from anyone else who worked at the companies regarding the conditions Harry would have faced. Any information could prove absolutely vital in getting his family the justice they deserve.”
“Exposure to asbestos can be extremely dangerous and we regularly see cases like this, where individuals develop terminal conditions as a result of asbestos exposure decades ago.
“Sadly, this often means those suffering with the disease, or their family members, are unable to recall exactly where they were exposed to asbestos, or what measures, if any, were in place to protect them or their loved ones from the harmful dust and fibres.
“We have been instructed to investigate how Ronald came into contact with asbestos and we are now appealing to anyone who may have worked alongside him at Parsons Marine Turbine Company Limited in the late 1940s to come forward with any information, no matter how small, they may have on the working conditions Ronald and his colleagues were exposed to.
“Stuart and Pia are understandably heartbroken following the death of their father and they desperately want answers as to how Ronald was exposed to asbestos and if more could and should have been done to protect him.”
“We are working with James to find out how he was exposed to asbestos and to help secure him a fair settlement.
“We urge any of his former colleagues to come forward and help us with the investigation by providing any information about the working conditions he may have endured.
“Mesothelioma is incurable and its debilitating symptoms can only be treated temporarily. James and his family are now suffering terribly. But the dangers of asbestos have been known for decades and employers should be aware of the need to protect their employees from the harmful dust.”
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