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Alida is the partner who heads up the Midlands and South West Workplace Illness teams, which are two of the largest and most experienced specialist teams in the area.
Qualifying in 1996, Alida has only ever worked for injured claimants and has over 18 years’ experience recovering compensation in the asbestos disease arena, having worked as part of the team which won the first environmental asbestos exposure case (Hancock) in 1995.
Since that time, Alida and her team have worked tirelessly to obtain justice for victims exposed to asbestos who have developed asbestos illnesses (Mesothelioma, lung cancer, pleural thickening and asbestosis) both through their employment and through environmental exposure.
Alida has obtained one of the highest awards during lifetime for a Mesothelioma sufferer (£1.5m) and regularly engages the services of experts to assist families to engage carers to assist with practical care needs caused by these illnesses. The emphasis of the team is to make a difference to the quality of life of their clients, as quickly as possible, not merely to measure success in terms of damages recovered.
Alida has a unique insight into the difficulties suffered by the victims of asbestos exposure, she is respected both for her knowledge and understanding of the issues facing her clients. Alida is recognised by many health and other professionals as a leading lawyer in this field. She lectures regularly and is a Trustee of Mesothelioma UK.
The team has also recovered compensation for those affected by other workplace illnesses over the last 12 months, including (but not limited to) asthma, vibration white finger, noise induced hearing loss, carpal tunnel syndrome and repetitive strain injury.
"Very knowledgeable and client-focused. She offers a lot of patience and care." – Chambers & Partners 2018
"An excellent litigator who is "hands-on" with cases." – Chambers & Partners 2017
“Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive, and sadly, terminal cancer caused by asbestos exposure decades before symptoms develop. We often see cases like Jane’s where victims were unaware they were battling mesothelioma until the very end of their lives.
“As a result they are sometimes unable to provide exact details of how and where they came into contact with asbestos, often leaving their loved ones with unanswered questions.
“The first Asbestos Regulations, to manage the use of asbestos because of its danger to health, became law in 1931, so to learn that people were exposed to the fibres much later is very upsetting for the individuals or the families who come to us.
"Anyone with information about working conditions at Cadbury in Birmingham or Joseph Lucas during the 1960s, particularly anyone who may remember working with Jane, should contact us as soon as possible, no matter how insignificant you feel your information may be.”
“Margaret’s family have been left devastated at the loss of their mother. It was a complete shock to be told that her Margaret had a fatal asbestos illness.
“We are keen to speak to anyone who worked at or undertook refurbishment at Classic Cinema, Quinton or the Hippodrome during the period when Margaret was employed.
“Any information from people engaged in refurbishment and / or fellow colleagues or friends who worked alongside her could prove vital in securing the information we need to secure justice for Margaret and her family”.
“Our work means we have seen a huge number of cases related to lives touched by the terrible legacy of asbestos. While the material is often associated with industrial environments, we also now see many instances where people have been exposed to the material in public buildings such as hospitals and schools.
“While the scale of the presence of asbestos is significant, it is positive to note the council’s views on the matter and the fact that such detailed information exists regarding its presence.
“Simply too many lives have been lost to asbestos, including instances which emerged after the dangers of the material were known. It is vital that councils use effective management processes and systems to ensure that it is always monitored and any potential risks acted upon.”
“I met with Ray shortly after he had been diagnosed with Mesothelioma to discuss his recollections of asbestos exposure whilst employed at Ford.
“During my investigations I have also spoken with other men who worked at the foundry, who have provided additional information about the presence of asbestos at the Ford site in Leamington.
“More worryingly, it is my understanding that there are a number of other similar cases amongst workers who previously worked at the Ford site.
“Only a small proportion of those exposed to asbestos will go on to develop Mesothelioma. However, once diagnosed, Mesothelioma is a very aggressive, and sadly, incurable cancer.
“We hope that anyone who has information about the use of asbestos at the Ford site in Leamington will come forward and provide additional evidence about how Ray came into contact with asbestos.”
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