Deadly fibres cause cancer in former Leyland apprentice

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Deadly fibres cause cancer in former Leyland apprentice

17th June 2010

A pensioner has received more than £160,000 in compensation after developing an asbestos-related cancer because of work he did as an apprentice.

During the 1950s, the man - now in his 70s - worked as an engineer with Leyland Motors in Preston. More than five decades later, the asbestos severely affected his health and led to him developing mesothelioma.

Susan Dawson, an industrial disease specialist with Fentons Solicitors LLP, said mesothelioma is a painful cancer which affects the lungs and is nearly always caused by exposure to asbestos fibres.

"Following his work at Leyland Motors and his National Service, my client never returned to engineering, instead pursuing a successful career in the public sector. But in 2006 he developed a cough, pains in his chest, and started to feel very tired," she said. "After various treatments and tests he was still no better, and on 10 June last year, he was diagnosed."

"It can take many years after exposure to asbestos before any related disease becomes apparent, which can make finding witnesses to support a case very difficult," said Miss Dawson. "Thankfully we were able to get hold of sufficient evidence that my client's claim was not disputed, and the insurers settled the case for just over £162,000."

"Although no amount of compensation can help cure my client's health problems, it will allow him and his family to secure the help they need to deal with his condition," said Miss Dawson.

How can Fentons Solicitors help?
Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of industrial diseases such as mesothelioma.

If you think that you have a case or require further information contact Fentons on 0800 0191 297 or fill in the online claims questionnaire.