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I have specialised in asbestos claims for the last nine years and act exclusively for those diagnosed with mesothelioma and lung cancer, and for the families of sufferers. I have successfully concluded many claims and have particular expertise in cases involving asbestos exposure in schools: I successfully pursued a claim against Birmingham City Council for a lady who worked as a school’s kitchen assistant.
Though I am based in Irwin Mitchell's Birmingham office, I live in Wales and spend a lot of my time working there, acting on behalf of Welsh clients – particularly in the South, West and Mid-Wales areas. I have successfully represented many Welsh clients against large employers such as the MoD, BT, and the successor companies to the Central Electricity Generating Board in relation to asbestos exposure in power stations in the Newport and Pembrokeshire areas.
“Through our work representing those diagnosed with asbestos-related disease we are well aware of the common use of the substance in manufacturing and other industrial environments and that a significant number of employees have been exposed to asbestos dust during their working life, decades ago.
“The risks of asbestos exposure were known by businesses from the as early as the 1920s and 30s, so by the time Anthony began work in the late 1950s, protective equipment should have been provided to employees as standard and they should have been made aware of safety procedures and the need for caution regarding asbestos. Nina does not believe this was the case during her dad’s time at Catterson Smith.
“We would like to hear from Anthony’s former workmates at the firm, who may be able to provide the crucial information which may help provide Nina and her family get the answers they deserve.
“Anyone who has information on the working conditions Anthony was exposed to, or the measures, if any, in place to prevent employees’ exposure to asbestos at Catterson Smith should contact us as soon as possible.”
“Mesothelioma is an extremely aggressive, and sadly, terminal cancer caused by asbestos exposure decades before symptoms develop. We often see cases like Christine’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.
“We are working to gain a better understanding of how Christine was exposed to asbestos and prior to her death she revealed her belief that the material was present at the site of E Walter (Ludlow) Limited.
“Nothing can of course bring Christine back, but we would be hugely grateful if anyone with more information regarding this could help us try and get Stanley the answers he deserves.”
“Mesothelioma is a very aggressive form of cancer which causes a significant amount of pain and suffering for victims, and employers should have been well aware of the dangers posed by asbestos to their staff.
“Those who worked alongside Victor may have important information on the presence of asbestos at the factory. They may also have details of any measures, if any, taken to reduce potential exposure to the harmful dust.
“Sadly, as Victor’s illness was not known until after his death, Deborah was unable to ask him about asbestos on the premises at Manfield and Sons so it is imperative we speak to any of his former colleagues to help find those answers.
“We hope former colleagues will come forward with the crucial information we need to get these answers for Victor’s family.”
“Christine’s tragic story is like many we come across with those exposed to asbestos during their working lives going on to develop serious illnesses decades later.
“Following our instruction, we are working to gain a better understanding of how Christine was exposed to asbestos and prior to her death she revealed her belief that the material was present at the site of E Walter (Ludlow) Limited.
“We would be hugely grateful if anyone with more information regarding this could help us try and get Christine’s family the justice they deserve.
“Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer and sadly all too common among people who spent their lives working in heavy industry and manufacturing. Action Mesothelioma Day is vital for raising awareness of the disease and ensuring those affected by it have the support networks they need.”
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