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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.
“Peritoneal mesothelioma is an extremely rare and very aggressive form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure and it can cause a great deal of pain and suffering for victims like Walter, who sadly paid the ultimate price for simply going to work and providing for his family.
"Walter's widow Jean has faced a difficult year since his tragic death and she is determined to get answers about his death. We are assisting her by investigating conditions at his former employer and we have now issued legal proceedings in the hope Jean will get the answers she wants.
“All too often we see cases like Walter’s where workers spent time working in dusty environments around asbestos and were not provided with protective equipment. It can take decades for symptoms to develop and often it is then too late for victims to recall how and where they were exposed."
“The dangers of asbestos have been known by employers for a long period of time but sadly all too often we see individuals who were exposed to asbestos at their workplace and have gone on to develop a range of serious, and in some cases, fatal, respiratory conditions.
“We are now investigating how and where John came into contact with asbestos and would like to hear from his former colleagues at Gilbert & Ash or those who worked with him at the abattoir on Whitehouse Road in Newcastle.
“Any information on the presence of asbestos in the working atmosphere, the protective measures in place to protect workers or the warnings provided to staff on the dangers of asbestos may be crucial in helping provide Liz with the answers she needs about how John developed this terrible disease which tragically took his life.”
“Both Valerie and her family are understandably extremely relieved that a settlement has been negotiated with Rothmans that will go some way to ensuring she can access the care, support and help she will need as her health deteriorates as she battles this disease.
“Mesothelioma is a very aggressive and incurable cancer which causes a significant amount of pain and suffering for victims like Valerie and employers should have been well aware of the dangers it posed to their staff.
“Sadly, nothing can change Valerie’s diagnosis but after issuing legal proceedings against Rothmans at the High Court we have been able to secure her a settlement that will hopefully enable her to focus on fighting the disease and spending time with her family and friends."
Allegations of physical and sexual abuse are extremely serious and it is very concerning to hear these allegations of abuse over such a long period at Kirklevington.
“Clearly the police investigation into these allegations is ongoing and it is important this investigation is thorough and has those who may have suffered abuse at the facility at its heart.
“Coming forward to talk about abuse of any nature can be extremely difficult for survivors and it is important that those who have done so are able to access the help and support they may need to deal with the long-term impact of abuse.
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