Asbestos compensation for former apprentice14 December 2012
Diagnosed with pleural thickening
David King, 58, from Luton was exposed to asbestos while working as an apprentice fitter and time-served fitter for a car manufacturer in Bedfordshire from 1970 to 1986.
He was diagnosed in April 2009 with pleural thickening which has left him breathless and as a result he has had to give up sport.
He said: “This condition has had a huge impact on my life. I have always worked in manual jobs and kept myself fit and healthy. I no longer have the energy to do the things I used to. It is very frustrating.
Thompsons Solicitors made claim for compensation
Mr King, who has a partner and adult children, instructed Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a claim for compensation.
Thompsons was successful in securing a provisional settlement which allows him to make a further claim for compensation if his condition worsens in the future due to asbestos disease.
He added: “I am relieved that my claim has been successful and that it allows me to re-open the claim if I go on to suffer from other asbestos related diseases. The worry that I will develop cancer like mesothelioma is a frightening prospect.”
Lorna Webster at Thompsons Solicitors said: “Mr King was first exposed to asbestos while working as an apprentice and now decades later he is suffering the effects in his daily life.
“The provisional settlement enables Mr King to have the benefit of some compensation now while preserving his right to claim further compensation if he should suffer serious deterioration due to the pleural thickening worsening or if he develops other asbestos related conditions including mesothelioma or lung cancer.”
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