This case study demonstrates the expertise of our Chemical Poisoning & Asbestos team who recently settled a compensation claim for a former plumbing and heating engineer who developed mesothelioma after five years' exposure to asbestos when working on the construction of various buildings in Croydon.
Thomson Snell & Passmore acted for Mr S who had installed boilers, pipework, ducts and air conditioning systems including Taberner House, the Nestles office, the Fairfield Halls, the Whitgift Centre and St Georges. He worked in close proximity to laggers who mixed and applied asbestos lagging to the pipework which had just been installed by him. The laggers mixed dry asbestos powder with water in drums. Bags of asbestos powder were kept in the boiler house and often split open, allowing asbestos dust to leak out. The air around Mr S was regularly thick with asbestos dust which settled in his hair and on his clothes. Empty bags of asbestos were thrown into a skip and residual dust in the bags was released into the atmosphere. Mr S wore his work clothes home whilst they were covered with asbestos dust.
Mr S developed mesothelioma because of asbestos exposure and launched a compensation claim
Legal proceedings were commenced under the Mesothelioma fast track procedure at the High Court in London. Initially, the defendant took a defensive stance despite admitting employing Mr S (albeit not for the full period asserted by him) and conceding breach of duty by allowing exposure to asbestos. Within a month however, the defendant consented to judgment being entered for damages to be assessed and agreed to make an interim payment of £50,000. As the case progressed towards trial, settlement negotiations took place which concluded with a settlement for an undisclosed 6-figure award plus legal costs which meant that Mr S kept 100% of the compensation recovered for him.
Read more about our experience in cases involving mesothelioma.
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.