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I joined Irwin Mitchell in 2010 as a trainee solicitor and qualified into the industrial diseases team in autumn 2012.
I assist clients who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases to obtain the damages to which they are entitled. I have experience in many aspects of cases of this nature, including access to benefits, negotiating settlement and assisting on bereavement. I have assisted on cases involving substantial future losses, multiple defendants and international elements.
I am also chair of the London office branch of the charity committee, which is dedicated to raising funds for a local charity each year.
A case of this nature demonstrates the terrible impact that mesothelioma can have. It is terminal cancer and can be very aggressive once the symptoms begin to take hold.
“Although asbestos-related diseases are usually associated with construction and similar trades such as plumbers and electricians, cases involving workers in public buildings are becoming more common.
“We have been working carefully to piece together a full picture of Ernesto’s working life and, now, as part of our enquiries we would be keen to discover more about the two central London hotels where Ernesto worked.
“Such information could prove vital in terms of Violeta and the rest of Ernesto’s family obtaining the answers they undoubtedly deserve.”
I am delighted we have been able to settle Clair's case and help support the hospice where Brian received his care.
“By providing St Wilfrid's Hospice with this money and with Clair linking up with the HASAG team, individuals and their families will be able to access the essential support they need. Following the devastating loss of her husband from exposure to asbestos working as a teacher, it is incredible to see Clair making such a difference on behalf of all asbestos victims.
“Our clients are always very clear that where possible, they want to benefit the hospice where they were looked after by excellent carers and we will continue to assist wherever we can.”
This is yet another tragic case which shines a light on the devastating legacy that asbestos has had on so many lives, with conditions like mesothelioma only emerging many years after the initial exposure to such materials has taken place.
“Sadly Graham was not advised during his lifetime that he may be able to bring a legal claim, which means we are keen for specific details regarding any asbestos exposure that may have happened during his working life.
“As such, we would be hugely grateful to anyone who may be able to come forward and provide details regarding the presence of asbestos during his time working at various sites across the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.”
"We have repeatedly called upon Government to introduce a full risk register to document the presence of asbestos in public buildings including schools, and for that the register to be maintained through a programme of regular and robust inspections.
“Transparency and clarity are essential here and we feel that those who work at or visit sites where asbestos is present, such as schools and hospitals, should also be informed of the fact.
“Asbestos exposure is often linked to industrial environments or trade professions, but we are seeing more and more cases where people have been exposed within schools years before diagnosis. This is an issue which requires urgent attention and it is vital that Government takes steps on the matter.
“Local Authorities and Councils need to come clean about the extent of their asbestos history and make provisions for its removal.
“Cases such as Brian’s show that schools need a clear plan of action as well as the funding necessary to ensure that asbestos is removed properly and safely to protect staff, teachers and, of course, pupils.”
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