We are pleased to report that we have successfully recovered pleural thickening compensation for Mr A, following his pleural thickening diagnosis in November 2016.
How was Mr A exposed to asbestos?
Mr A worked full-time for William Kenyon & Sons Limited as a lagger’s mate between 11th September 1950 and 1st December 1950.
Whilst working there, he was exposed to large amounts of airborne asbestos dust. We took a detailed statement from him to support his pleural thickening claim. This statement confirmed that he regularly had to mix raw asbestos powder with water, in buckets to form a paste-like mixture. He then smothered this onto pipework and boilers at Cliff Quay power station in Ipswich and Llynfi power station in South Wales.
The Defendant’s solicitors originally attempted to argue that Mr A had not suffered a sufficient level of asbestos dust exposure to prove a claim for pleural thickening compensation.
Whilst Solicitors must prove that a Claimant has suffered exposure to asbestos dust in excess of 25 fibre/ml years under the Helsinki criteria for asbestosis claims, this threshold does not have to be exceeded to succeed in a claim for pleural thickening compensation. Unfortunately, diffuse or “widespread” pleural thickening can affect those exposed to lower levels of asbestos dust.
Evidence in Mr A’s successful pleural thickening claim showed that he was only ever exposed to asbestos when working for the Defendant.
We obtained expert medical evidence from a well-respected Consultant Respiratory Physician in support Mr A’s claim for pleural thickening compensation.
The expert stated that Mr A is suffering with a restrictive defect on his lung function caused by his diagnosed, diffuse, pleural thickening and that this had been caused by his past history of asbestos exposure with William Kenyon & Sons, over 65 years ago.
Provisional Damages Settlement
The Defendant agreed to settle Mr A’s pleural thickening claim with a provisional damages settlement. This leaves the door open for Mr A to claim further asbestos compensation, should he ever suffer the misfortune of developing one of the following, so called, agreed return conditions:-
- Asbestos-related mesothelioma;
- A serious deterioration in his pleural thickening, causing a significant increase in his breathing problems.
We were able to secure some of Mr A’s pleural thickening compensation early by helping to apply for a governmental lump sum of asbestos compensation. He will continue to receive Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit for his diagnosed asbestos-related condition for the rest of his life.
How can we help?
If you require assistance in pursuing a pleural thickening claim 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.