At Asbestos Justice we were successful in recovering mesothelioma compensation for Mr L’s estate.
Mr L had been exposed to asbestos whilst working at three different employers, namely, Hancox & Co, Haines and Sheppard Limited and Cedar Electrical Contractors Limited.
Mr L initially started out at as an apprentice electrician, working for Hancox & Co, in the mid 1950s. He was required to work on mainly domestic, new build properties in Leyton and Walthamstow. One of his tasks involved fitting asbestos boards to fireplaces. These boards were widely used due to asbestos’s fire resistant qualities.
In order to fit the boards, Mr L either had to cut holes in the boards using a drill or he needed to cut the boards to size used a hand saw. The sawing would take place in the same rooms where the boards were to be fitted. Whilst sawing through the asbestos boards he would be bent over inhaling the deadly asbestos fibres as they were released into the air.
Mr L then went to work for Haines and Sheppard Limited, where he worked on larger buildings such as schools and hospitals. In particular, during one hospital project in the mid 1960s, he assisted and worked in close proximity to his apprentice who was removing the plasterboards from the ceiling. These hard boards were used because they were heat resistant. They cracked as the apprentice hit them with a chisel. Mr L believed that these were likely to have been asbestos boards and this was confirmed in his detailed witness statement which was obtained in support of the mesothelioma claim.
During this 18 month project he was constantly covered in the dust as it rained down from the ceiling. The dust would then get into his mouth and covered his hair. He could not fail but to walk through the dust which regularly built up on the floor, causing it to be disturbed and airborne. His clothes would still be covered when he went home for his wife to wash them. During this period, Mr L inhaled large amounts of dust without being provided with any protective breathing equipment which was relied upon as proof of negligence in the successful mesothelioma claim.
He then joined Cedar Electrical Contractors from the late 1960s through to the 1990s. He recalls one job in particular where he worked on an office block in London. This involved the complete re-wiring of the whole building. The ceilings measured approximately 12 foot high and in order to reach these he used ladders to get up to them. The walls and the ceilings were made of sheets of material which Mr L and his colleagues considered to be asbestos. Throughout the project he needed to drill and cut holes into the boards so that he could thread the wiring through them. Again in this employment the asbestos dust was everywhere and covered Mr L’s hair and overalls..
Unfortunately, shortly after obtaining his instructions to handle his mesothelioma claim, Mr L sadly passed away as a result of his condition.
As a result of finding insurance for one of these companies a mesothelioma claim, we were able to pursue a claim for the benefit of Mr L’s estate on the basis that the Defendant would pay 100% of the mesothelioma compensation. As this was a mesothelioma claim, it is commonly accepted that a single fibre of asbestos can ultimately cause this terrible condition and therefore it is impossible to identify which company caused the disease. Mesothelioma is therefore considered to be an “indivisible” condition in law in contrast with claims for asbestosis and pleural thickening which are considered to be dose related, “divisible” conditions. In a claim for pleural thickening compensation or an asbestosis claim each polluting party is responsible for their respective portions of the asbestos exposure.
Asbestos Justice was successful in obtaining over £145,000 of mesothelioma compensation for Mr L’s estate. Whilst this does not undo the wrong that has been caused, at very least, the Defendant company was held to account for Mr L’s passing and we ensured that Mr L’s family would be protected financially following his tragic passing.
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