Mesothelioma victim's settlement success

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Mesothelioma victim's settlement success

21st September 2011

An Essex man who developed a fatal lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos in the 1960s has finally received £160,000 in compensation in an out of court settlement following a number of court hearings in the High Court.

Edmund Young, an industrial disease expert at Fentons Solicitors LLP, said his client, who is now in his 70s, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in June 2010.

“My client worked as a carpenter and builder for a brewery in East London in the early 1960’s, said Edmund, an associate with the firm. “As part of his job, he was involved with insulating a basement with asbestos boards that had to be cut to size using a hand saw and drill.

“The atmosphere in the basement was very dusty and my client’s hair and clothes would be covered in thick dust caused from cutting up the insulation boards,” added Edmund. “He and his colleague would work nine hour shifts breathing in the toxic air without any kind of protection or specialist respiratory equipment.”

The victim similarly recalls working within the confined space of an old boiler-room in which discarded asbestos lagging and debris was strewn across the floor. “Whenever the lagging was disturbed the room would fill with dust,” said Edmund. “There was no ventilation or extraction system in place in the boiler-room and neither were there any windows. Despite frequently being covered from head to toe in dust, my client was never warned of the dangers of asbestos nor was he ever even provided with a basic face mask.”

The married victim first started noticing symptoms in April 2010 when he began suffering from shortness of breath. After visiting his GP, he underwent a number of tests including an x-ray of his chest and a CAT-scan before he was diagnosed with mesothelioma two months later.

Mesothelioma is a cruelly painful and extremely debilitating terminal illness,” said Edmund. “My client was formerly a fit individual who regularly enjoyed gardening, painting and doing DIY around the house. He used to be able to go for long walks and play golf three days a week, but now, as a result of completing work over 40 years ago for an employer who failed to protect him or warn him of the dangers of asbestos, these are activities he is no longer able to do.

“He continues to suffer from marked breathlessness, chest pain, fatigue and loss of appetite,” added Edmund, “and it is hoped the settlement he has now received will help him receive the best possible care available to him.”

How can Fentons Solicitors help?

Fentons has a specialist department experienced in handling claims for victims of industrial diseases.

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.