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    We have successfully negotiated a £180,000 settlement for the surviving wife of a former labourer who contracted mesothelioma when working with asbestos during his employment with Vulcan Plastics in Westerham from about 1964 to 1965.

    Mr M was exposed to substantial quantities of airborne asbestos dust on a daily basis when loading and unloading asbestos boards which arrived at his employer’s factory by lorry. After completing the necessary unloading, Mr M then cut up and trimmed asbestos boards with a diamond tipped bandsaw which generated vast amounts of asbestos dust. Mr M was not provided with a mask or respirator and there was no mechanical ventilation.

    Mr M was diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma in May 2011. In the meantime, Mr M’s former employers had gone out of business. A letter of claim was delivered the following month. The employer’s insurers initially resisted the claim on a number of grounds. Firstly, they argued that the wording of their policy did not require them to meet this claim, and secondly, they argued that the asbestos exposure they were responsible for was not sufficient to give rise to a foreseeable personal injury.

    Sadly, Mr M died and his surviving wife took over the claim. At a case management conference, the Court ordered that judgment be entered in Mrs M’s favour and ordered the Defendant to make an interim payment in the amount of £50,000. Thereafter, the full value of the claim was negotiated 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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    Mesothelioma claims

    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.

    Clinical Negligence Compensation Claims

    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.   

    Misdiagnosed cancer claims

    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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