Compensation for industrial worker suffering from asbestos exposure
The 73-year-old Unite member from Preston worked for an asbestos contractor at a number of industrial sites across Lancashire in the 1950s and 1960s where he would remove asbestos from boiler insulation and mix it into a paste with his hands. This would cause dust to circulate around the poorly ventilated area.
His employer did not provide him with protective equipment, meaning he would breathe in the asbestos dust.
The man visited hospital when he started to suffer from breathing difficulties and pain in his chest. Doctors carried out tests and found that he had developed asbestosis.
Asbestosis is an incurable condition where the tissue of the lungs becomes damaged after breathing in asbestos, causing them to partially lose their function. Some people with the condition go on to develop terminal asbestos-related diseases, such as mesothelioma.
The man contacted Unite Legal Services and instructed Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a compensation claim. He received a provisional settlement, which allows him to reopen his case should his health deteriorate because of his asbestos disease.
His wife said: “When my husband worked with asbestos, we had no idea that it could damage to his health. It was such a shock to find out that he had been diagnosed with asbestosis, and knowing that there’s always a chance it may develop into something far more serious is heart-breaking.
“It’s been a difficult time, so having the backing of Thompsons and Unite to help us through our case has been excellent. And knowing that we will have their support again in the future if we need it is very reassuring.”
Mick Whitley, North West regional secretary at Unite the Union, said: “Despite working with asbestos more than 50 years ago, our member has only just started to see the devastating effects it can have on your health.
“We’re urging any of our members who have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease to contact us as we will fight to hold those responsible to account and ensure they receive 100% of the compensation secured for them.”
Asbestos disease diagnosis? Talk to us for advice and support on how to secure compensation.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we can support you with advice on how to make a claim.
The process will be explained in plain English and with no obligation – our priority is to provide you with the best, expert advice on whether you have a valid case for compensation, and to signpost you to further sources of support.
There are strict time limits applied to making a claim – usually three years from the date of diagnosis. It doesn’t matter if the exposure to asbestos took place – as it often does – decades ago, the three year time limit applies to the date of knowledge of diagnosis or date of death.
For further information, visit our How to Make A Compensation Claim page.