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Our client was diagnosed with mesothelioma in November 2006, aged 70. He was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres during his first job after leaving school in 1952, with the English Electric Company Limited, at their premises at Clayton-le-Moors, Accrington, Lancashire.
He was employed as an apprentice millwright, and after completing his apprenticeship, worked as a machine tool fitter. He worked for English Electric between 1952 and 1958, and again between 1960 and 1964.
During his employment, and in particular in about 1956/57, our client was involved in installing a vast network for pipe work at the English Electric Company’s site. He was involved in fitting asbestos insulation to the pipe work over a period of several weeks. He was handling and cutting the pre-formed asbestos lagging insulation, as well as fitting asbestos string around the thread of the pipes.
He was not warned of the dangers of using asbestos materials and he was not provided with any protection. He believed this to be the main source of his asbestos exposure.
Court proceedings were commenced against the English Electric Company Limited in September 2007. Judgement was entered in our client's favour shortly thereafter. There was some uncertainty as to which company was now responsible for the former liabilities of the English Electric Company Limited - whether it was British Aerospace or the General Electric Company (GEC). However, following the Court’s order, our client received an early interim payment of £47,000.
Our client's claim was listed for a final damages assessment hearing on 28 February 2008.
The claim for compensation included a claim for his past and future financial losses including the cost of him undergoing Alimta chemotherapy treatment on a privately paying basis. However, our client's P.C.T. later agreed to fund the chemotherapy treatment.
The claim was settled out of Court 10 days before the final hearing in a six figure sum.
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with mesothelioma, our specialist mesothelioma claims team could help you claim compensation. See our Asbestos-Related Disease Claims Guide for more information.
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