We are happy to have recovered mesothelioma compensation for Mr B through the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme.
What is the diffuse mesothelioma payment scheme?
The Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme (DMPS) is a way for mesothelioma sufferers to obtain compensation if they are not able to make a civil compensation claim against the employer who exposed them to asbestos. You can learn more about the scheme by clicking here.
Mr B’s diagnosis
Mr B had various x-rays, scans and unsuccessful pleural drainage procedures at hospital. He also had a painful TALC pleurodesis procedure with a biopsy, which sadly confirmed that he had mesothelioma. Following his diagnosis, Mr B did not think that he would be able to claim compensation because the employer that exposed him to asbestos, Thomas Edwards, was a sole trader.
Mr B contacted us, and sadly our investigations confirmed that there was no insurance for the small employer. However, we were committed to ensuring that Mr B received compensation, and so helped him to claim through the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme. The scheme was specifically set up to help people in Mr B’s situation. It allows mesothelioma sufferers to still recover substantial amounts of compensation in circumstances where their employer either no longer trades, or where no insurance can be located which covers the period of asbestos exposure.
Exposure to asbestos – 1952 to 1955
Mr B had a carpentry apprenticeship at Thomas Edwards in Coventry. His employer was involved in building houses at the time in the Coventry area. Mr B told us that he worked on 3 bedroom semi-detached houses in the Binley area near Coventry.
As an apprentice for the business, he had to cut up 8 feet by 4 feet asbestos sheets for fireproofing purposes on the houses. The sheets would be used as a form of soffit on the exterior of each houses, and he also fitted them into place underneath the rafters.
In order to cut the sheets to size he would use a handsaw and place the sheets onto a trestle to be shaped to the appropriate size. As he sawed away at the whitish to grey asbestos sheets, a lot of asbestos dust would be released into the working environment which he inhaled. The asbestos dust covered his work clothes, hair and skin.
In every Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment scheme claim we have to establish evidence that proves that the level of exposure to asbestos was negligent or in breach of statutory duty. Mr B explained that he usually carried out this cutting work within the confines of the house, and as such the asbestos dust would float round in the general environment for hours.
He also had to nail the sheets into place on the exterior of the houses. He would climb up scaffolding regularly to do this and used hammers and nails to fit them to the exterior of the houses. When he was nailing the sheets into place, further asbestos dust would be released into the air, which he breathed in. The asbestos dust would essentially rain down onto his face as he was doing the work.
When he worked for the business, Mr B was never provided with any form of respiratory, nor was he ever warned of the dangers of being exposed to asbestos dust either.
We succeeded in recovering a substantial sum of mesothelioma compensation for Mr B within 77 days of him initially contacting us. This shows how swiftly mesothelioma compensation can be recovered for sufferers of this terrible condition.
How can we help?
If you require assistance in pursuing a mesothelioma compensation claim please contact us today. You can call us via our freephone number on 0800 088 6767. Alternatively, head over to the contact us page, complete the form, and we will be in touch.