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Client Exposed To Asbestos At Work Awarded £145,000 In Compensation

Irwin Mitchell Solicitors have successfully concluded a claim for asbestosis against Albany Construction (1989) Ltd, formerly known as A. E. Phillips Ltd.

Irwin Mitchell’s client, Mr W, instructed Irwin Mitchell to pursue a claim for damages arising from his asbestosis. Mr W worked for the company between 1960 and 1971 as a pipe fitter/heating engineer. He was regularly exposed to asbestos when chipping asbestos insulation off pipe work in boiler rooms using a hammer and bolster chisel.

Mr W was also exposed to asbestos when working alongside laggers from insulating companies applying fresh asbestos to new pipe work, which Mr W had fitted. Mr W recalled that they used to mix up asbestos powder with water to form a paste which they then applied to the pipes using trowels. He said that when the asbestos powder was poured, huge clouds of asbestos dust were generated.

Iain Shoolbred, an associate solicitor and work place illness specialist with Irwin Mitchell, represented Mr W in his successful claim. Iain says:

"Mr W was exposed to asbestos well after the date that his employers should have known that such exposure was dangerous. He worked for many years for A. E. Phillips Ltd in conditions which were heavily contaminated with asbestos.”

Mr W’s asbestosis worsened significantly. He became housebound and was informed that he was not likely to recover. Fortunately, Irwin Mitchell had already started the Court process against the Defendant and we were able to expedite the trial so the case could be resolved as soon as possible.
Irwin Mitchell was able to recover £145,000 in compensation for Mr W. This compensation payment will help Mr W during his illness. Not only will the money make his life easier, but he will also be able to have the peace of mind that he is able to provide for his family.

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