Helen is a specialist asbestos solicitor based at Thompsons’ Newcastle office.
As one of Thompsons’ experienced solicitors, Helen deals with complex cases that require sensitivity and compassion. Helen frequently works with clients who have been diagnosed with asbestos-induced terminal cancer, mesothelioma. These cases require a solicitor who has experience and knowledge in this specialist field of law and Helen uses her skills and experience to ensure that these cases are resolved as promptly and efficiently as possible.
Helen is experienced in securing substantial sums of compensation for victims of asbestos disease, helping to provide financial security for her clients and their families.
Successful Asbestos Compensation Claims
Below you will find a small selection of the successful asbestos compensation claims Helen has dealt with from Thompsons Solicitors’ Newcastle office.
Exposure to asbestos in two workplaces
A shipyard joiner worked at Blyth Dry Docks and Shipbuilding Co Ltd in Northumberland in the early 1960s for about seven years. As a joiner, he made furniture for ships and fitted out cabins which involved cutting asbestos sheets to box in pipes. He also worked alongside laggers who were handling asbestos.
From the late 1960s to the early 1990s he worked as a fire fighter when he was further exposed to asbestos. He attended fires at power stations, factories and shipyards, often breaking through asbestos lagging to isolate the source of the fire. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable cancer of the lining of the lungs, in November 2012.
His union referred him to Helen who took up his case. After issuing court proceedings, she was able to recover substantial compensation on his behalf.
Engineer contracts mesothelioma at brewery
An engineer was exposed to asbestos when he was subcontracted to work at a brewery in Bedford. His job included repairing asbestos insulated pipe work, but he was never warned of the dangers of working with asbestos or given any protective equipment.
After being told that he had mesothelioma, he contacted Thompsons to pursue a compensation claim. Sadly, he died just a few months later and his widow continued the claim on his behalf. Helen was able to recover £107,000 for the family.
Asbestos compensation for farmer
An Irish farmer was exposed to asbestos after he moved to the UK in his teens to find work. Between 1955 and 1964, he trained as an oxyacetylene burner and was employed by a demolition company at two of its branches to strip asbestos in various workplaces, including power stations. At the time he had no idea it was so dangerous.
He returned to Ireland in 1975 to work on the family farm, but began to develop symptoms of mesothelioma in August 2011 when he went to his GP suffering from a cough. He was subsequently diagnosed with mesothelioma and contacted Thompsons Solicitors for advice.
Helen made a claim against his former employer and settled the case out of court for £155,000.