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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.
“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.”
“Unfortunately, we often see cases like George’s where victims were unaware they were battling asbestos related lung cancer until the very end of their lives.
“I urge George’s former colleagues who worked with him at any of his various employers to come forward with any details of the working conditions at the shipyards during George’s employment.
“Due to George’s role as a welder he often worked in the ships’ hulls in the boiler rooms, which are believed to have contained asbestos. Further, as part of George’s role he would be required to work inside of large pipes and tanks we were lagged in asbestos. Allison believes that her dad was never provided a protective mask or any other protective equipment.
“Anyone with information about working conditions at the shipyards in Newcastle, particularly anyone who may remember working with George, should contact us as soon as possible.”
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