The children of a former electrician who died after developing mesothelioma have secured substantial compensation with the support of Unite Legal Services and Thompsons Solicitors. 

The Unite member worked at an Essex-based power station between 1952 and 1970, before taking a similar role as an electrician for a Dagenham factory, where he worked until 1990. 

At both places of employment, he and his colleagues would perform repairs on machinery lagged with asbestos. They would also work near laggers who were removing old asbestos lagging and replacing it with new lagging, causing dust to circulate throughout the power station and Dagenham factory. At no point was the electrician provided with protective equipment to stop him from inhaling the deadly substance.

"Dad become very reliant on my brother and I after his diagnosis."

Son of Thompsons Solicitors asbestos disease client

During mid-2014, after suffering from breathing difficulties, medical tests found that he had developed the deadly asbestos disease, mesothelioma. Within months of diagnosis he required constant care and was moved to a nursing home. He sadly died soon after, aged 86. 

His son, who is also a Unite member, turned to Unite Legal Services and Thompsons Solicitors for legal support. The asbestos specialists at Thompsons Solicitors, who have decades of experience in the Dagenham and wider Essex area, assisted with his compensation claim and secured a substantial sum. 

“Dad become very reliant on my brother and I after his diagnosis,” said the son. “This hit us hard, because we were all so used to him living independently. It was something that he prided himself on. Suddenly, he needed round-the-clock care, which was horrible to see. 

“My dad, brother and I have been Unite members for years, so we knew exactly where to turn for help. Its legal services were great and put us in contact with the experts at Thompsons. Our family began to understand the number of people that tragically suffer from asbestos disease, not just in Essex but across the UK.” 

Peter Kavanagh, London and Eastern regional secretary from Unite the Union, said: “It is always terrible to hear the pain and suffering our members have endured, simply because they were not protected from asbestos while at work. In this instance, our member was routinely exposed to the fatal dust for a significant proportion of his career, with no warning of the damage this could cause. 

“With the help of Thompsons Solicitors’ specialist asbestos team, we were able to locate where and when he was exposed to asbestos, and support a compensation claim that was ultimately successful and paid to the family in full.”