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    We have successfully negotiated an undisclosed five figure settlement for the surviving wife of a former lagger’s mate and labourer who developed pleural thickening and asbestosis after occupational exposure to asbestos at the Victoria Docks and in a factory.

    Mr B was exposed to asbestos aboard ships from 1944 to 1946 and then in a different employment in a factory from 1946 to 1950 and from 1952 to 1967. His primary job when aboard ships was to mix up asbestos lagging for the laggers to apply. To do this, he tipped bags of dry asbestos powder into a bucket and then mixed it with water using his hands. Clouds of asbestos dust were generated by this work which he inhaled. He also removed old asbestos lagging which was dry and crumbled in his hands. He took the asbestos debris to the quay for someone else to collect. He also worked in close proximity to others who were working with asbestos and generating asbestos dust into the atmosphere. He was exposed to substantial quantities of asbestos dust which he inhaled.

    Mr B was exposed to substantial quantities of asbestos dust when undertaking factory work which he inhaled. He worked in premises that contained pipework lagged with asbestos lagging which was in a very poor condition. His work involved removing the pipes and asbestos lagging. The asbestos lagging was so old that he was able to break it off in his hands. He swept up the asbestos debris. He also worked inside a boiler room which housed large boilers which were all lagged with asbestos.

    Mrs B contacted us after the death of her husband and instructed us to pursue a claim for compensation. An expert was instructed who concluded that Mr B had oesophageal cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asbestosis at his date of death. It was argued that that his asbestos-related diseases contributed to his deterioration and death and that he would not have died when he did but for those asbestos-related diseases.

    Proceedings were issued and a settlement reached for an undisclosed four figure sum plus legal costs.

    Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP specialises in industrial disease cases. If you would like to ask our team a question about a potential case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury, contact Jonathan Herbert at Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP solicitors on 01892 701226 in confidence.

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