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    We have successfully negotiated an undisclosed 6-figure settlement for a former engine fitter who contracted mesothelioma from working with asbestos at Chatham Dockyard.

    Mr T became an apprentice at the Chatham Dockyard in November 1954. During 1958 and 1959, he was regularly exposed to significant quantities of asbestos when working as an engine fitter. Mr T was involved in the repairing and fitting of various ships. Mr T removed asbestos lagging often in confined spaces with chisels, saws and knives. At the end of his shift, his hair and clothes would be covered in asbestos dust. While exposed to asbestos in this way, Mr T breathed in asbestos fibres. No protective clothing or a mask were ever provided to Mr T and he went on to develop mesothelioma.

    On behalf of Mr T we alleged a number of breaches of the Asbestos Industry Regulations 1931 and the Factories Act 1937.

    We met Mr T on 26 July 2012. On 1 August 2012, a letter of claim was delivered to the Ministry of Defence. Legal proceedings were issued on 13 August 2012. At a directions hearing on 31 October 2012, judgment in favour of Mr T for an amount to be assessed by the court was entered and an order for an interim payment of £55,000 was made.

    Settlement of the claim was reached before Christmas 2012 thereby not only achieving compensation in excess of £100,000 for Mr T but also giving him the opportunity to plan accordingly.

    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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    Contact one of our specialist lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we can investigate your case with the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

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    We have one of the most well-established and experienced clinical negligence teams in the country. Our clinical negligence lawyers have a reputation for winning complex medical negligence cases and we have helped thousands of people claim compensation.   

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    Our dedicated clinical negligence team has successfully dealt with numerous clinical negligence claims arising from delayed diagnosis of cancer or misdiagnosis of cancer. Contact one of your specialist lawyers for a free initial consultation to find out if we can investigate your case with the financial security of a no win no fee agreement.

    Asbestos & chemical poisoning claims

    Our specialist team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in dealing with complex claims arising from asbestos and chemical poisoning. We have a long history of advising clients and dealing with claims for injuries sustained as a result of exposure to asbestos and other dangerous substances.  

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