We are delighted to report that we have successfully recovered asbestos compensation for Mrs C, whose husband was diagnosed with asbestos-related pleural thickening. Sadly, Mr C passed away unexpectedly due to renal and heart problems in 2017. Continue reading to learn more about the claim.

Exposed at work

A detailed witness statement was taken from Mr C before his death, in support of the asbestos claim. This confirmed that he worked full-time for Vickers Armstrong Limited, which later became part of Rolls Royce Plc. He was employed with the company as an apprentice engineer. His job mainly involved working as a pipefitter. He was based at their Naval Yard in Walker, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, N6.

Mr C worked on board ships where he removed asbestos lagging on an almost daily basis. The evidence, which we obtained to support the asbestos claim, showed that he worked alongside numerous tradesmen. There was a hive of activity on board ships, and the air would be thick with asbestos dust at times. We relied on this as proof of negligence in the asbestos claim.

The heating pipes throughout the ships were lagged with thick, white asbestos insulation. The asbestos lagging was approximately 3 inches in thickness and was held into place by wire. Unfortunately, it had become damaged and degraded over time.

Mr C and his colleagues had to use their bare hands to remove the asbestos lagging almost daily. As they pulled away at the asbestos lagging, a vast amount of asbestos dust was released into the general working environment. Large clouds of asbestos dust were visible, and the asbestos dust covered Mr C’s work clothes, hair, and skin. He breathed this in over the course of the day.

No protective clothing

Mr C was never provided with respiratory protection. This was relied upon as further proof of negligent exposure in the asbestos claim.

The claim

Problems arose in the asbestos claim following Mr C’s death as his medical team believed that his death was entirely unrelated to his past asbestos exposure. Rather, he sadly passed due to renal and heart complications.

We obtained the opinion of a medical expert to support Mr C’s widow’s claim for asbestos compensation, as Mr C had endured pain and suffering due to his diagnosed asbestos-related pleural thickening. The initial response received was not positive for the asbestos claim and an alternative opinion was sought from another expert.

The further medical report supported the view that Mr C had suffered with breathing problems during his lifetime connected to his diagnosed asbestos-related pleural thickening. This proved medical causation in the claim for asbestos compensation.

The medical expert explained that Mr C had been suffering with debilitating breathing problems for a number of months, in the form of a restrictive defect on his lung function.


This successful asbestos claim shows that it is sometimes worthwhile obtaining a second opinion from a medical expert in the hope that this will support a claim for asbestos compensation. No stone was left unturned in the pursuit of justice for Mrs C.

This example also shows that even where a person’s death cannot be directly attributed to an asbestos-related condition, providing that person suffered with a deterioration in their health due to the diagnosed condition, a claim for asbestos compensation for the pain and suffering they had to endure in life can still be pursued by surviving family members.

Mrs C was delighted with the service she received from Asbestos Justice. We were so pleased to hold the Defendant to account for causing her husband to suffer with his asbestos-related disease before his sad passing.

How can we help?

If you require assistance in pursuing a claim for pleural thickening compensation or believe you have a valid asbestos claim for any other disease, 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.

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