We’ve successfully secured considerable compensation for a retired man who developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos while working at a power station in the 60s.
Our client, Mr C, worked as an Auxiliary Plant Attendant at the Usmouth Power Station from 1963 to 1969. As part of his job, he was responsible for supervising the machinery at the plant, including boilers and turbines that – along with the vast network of steam pipework running through the plant – were full of asbestos lagging. All of this lagging was being removed and replaced on an almost continuous basis.
Mr C was frequently working around the laggers who were continually stripping, mixing and applying asbestos lagging to the plant and equipment. Their work created clouds of toxic dust that he was exposed for long periods of time while he went about his inspections. Often he also had to strip areas of lagging himself in order to carry out his work, and was required to sweep the floors of the plant on a daily basis, further disturbing the asbestos dust and debris.
Our client was 80 years old when he brought his claim against his former employers. He had suffered breathlessness for years and had already been diagnosed with pleural plaques and pleural thickening, as well as emphysema and a heart condition. He had been a smoker and suffered both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma.
In 2013 he was diagnosed with lung cancer. We established that the cancer was asbestos-related from his time working at the power plant and successfully secured a six-figure settlement during his lifetime.
Kim Barrett, a specialist Personal Injury solicitor in our Birmingham office, represented Mr C. She said: “We’re pleased to have secured a settlement for our client while he was still alive. Unfortunately we now do see the devastating impact asbestos can have on people’s lives many years after they were exposed to it.”
If you or a loved one has been affected by an asbestos related illness, our solicitors can help you to claim compensation. See our Asbestos Claims page for more information.
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