Asbestos Justice has successfully pursued a claim for asbestosis compensation for Mr T, following his exposure to asbestos during the course of his employment with the Ministry of Defence.
Mr T had suffered with a tight chest and breathing problems for a number of years which had steadily worsened. He then developed a persistent cough and chest pain. After undergoing a variety of medical investigations he was diagnosed with pleural plaques and asbestosis. Due to his conditions, Mr T suffered with breathing difficulties at night and subsequently suffered a mini stroke and had to take oxygen through a pump at night.
Mr T was only exposed to asbestos with one employer. In the late 1960s he worked at HM Dockyard at Chatham as a lagger. His job involved removing old, hard, grey asbestos from pipes, boilers and machinery in the engine rooms of ships. This was done using hammers and wire cutters. As Mr T and his colleagues removed the asbestos it came away in clumps, creating much dust and debris. Mr T recalled that it was an extremely dusty, dirty job and he would be covered from head to toe in asbestos dust. Occasionally, masks were provided, however, these were made of cotton wool and provided no adequate protection against the deadly asbestos dust and fibres.
Mr T and his colleagues also re-lagged pipework. To do this they had to mix raw asbestos powder with water to form a paste. As they emptied the asbestos powder into buckets, clouds of fine asbestos dust rose up into the air. Once the asbestos had been mixed into a paste, Mr T applied it to boilers and pipework in thick layers and left it to dry.
They also used pre-formed asbestos lagging for pipes. This came in 4 feet lengths and had to be cut to size using handsaws. This created a lot of dust and debris. Once they were the right size, the asbestos lagging was secured to the pipework using chicken wire.
Throughout his employment at the dockyard, Mr T was exposed to substantial amounts of asbestos on a daily basis. Through witness evidence we were able to show that the Ministry of Defence were responsible and had been negligent in exposing Mr T to asbestos. It is vital in any asbestosis claim to show that a person was heavily exposed to asbestos dust.
The claim settled on a provisional damages basis for the sum of £13,500, Due to his asbestos exposure, Mr T is at risk of developing other asbestos related conditions including pleural thickening, asbestos lung cancer and mesothelioma. By choosing to settle his asbestosis claim on a provisional basis rather than on a full and final basis, Mr T is able to return to claim further asbestos compensation from the Ministry of Defence, should his condition increase in severity.
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