We are pleased to report that we have recently recovered £70,000 for Mr B, who has sadly been diagnosed with asbestos-related pleural thickening resulting in breathlessness. Read on to learn more about his case.
Between about 1973/4 and 1976/77 Mr B was employed by a company called Brown & Jackson Limited which now forms part of Eric Wright Group Limited. He was employed as an apprentice joiner based at Fleetwood, but worked on various sites around the Lancashire area.
It was during a 6 month period of work at a site on Bow Lane, Preston that Mr B was exposed to harmful amounts of asbestos dust. The building he worked on belonged to the General Post Office at the time. Mr B explained that about once every couple of weeks for between 30 minutes and 1 hour at a time he had to saw asbestos sheets. These were very dusty to handle and saw, and asbestos dust and debris also littered the workplace and was disturbed as he and others walked through it.
Mr B was also required to sweep up the dust and debris which caused him to be exposed to even more dust. He was not provided with any respiratory protective equipment. We relied upon this as proof of negligence and breach of statutory duty in the successful asbestos claim.
We obtained an expert medical opinion from a well-respected Consultant Respiratory Physician. He confirmed that Mr B is suffering from a restrictive defect on his lung function which is being caused by his diagnosed, diffuse, asbestos related pleural thickening.
The expert assessed Mr B as being 40% disabled. He said that 20% of the respiratory disability is associated with his pleural thickening and the remaining 20% is associated with his diagnosed, smoking-related obstructive lung disease.
The expert added that Mr B’s pleural thickening is restricting his ability to work. He also confirmed that Mr B was at “serious disadvantage on the open labour market” for work which involved physical exertion due to his breathlessness symptoms.
Mr B faces risks of his asbestos related pleural thickening deteriorating in the future as well as a small risk of developing asbestos-related mesothelioma. As a result, his successful pleural thickening claim was settled on a “provisional damages” basis. This leaves the door open for him to claim further asbestos compensation if his condition gets worse in the future.
£70,000.00 in pleural thickening compensation was recovered for Mr B in just over 12 months from initially hearing from him. He had no idea that he would be entitled to claim until receiving advice from our specialist asbestos disease solicitors.
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If you require assistance in pursuing a pleural thickening claim arising out of asbestos dust exposure or believe you have a valid asbestos claim for any other asbestos related disease then please contact us today on our freephone number 0800 038 6767. Alternatively, head over to the ‘Contact Us’ page, complete the form and we will be in touch.