Mr A from Kent joined Albert E Reed and Co Limited as an apprentice in 1960. He worked for various companies within the Reed Group until he retired in 2008.
Between 1961 and 1970 he worked at Tovil and Bridge Paper Mills in Maidstone as an apprentice, and subsequently qualified as an instrument mechanic. He was exposed to asbestos dust on a daily basis during that period. In 2015 he was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer of the lungs as a result of his exposure to asbestos.
Shortly after his diagnosis he instructed Oliver Chapman at Thomson Snell & Passmore LLP. At first Mr A had only vague memories of encountering asbestos, however using our experience of asbestos exposure in previous cases, we spoke to Mr A about every aspect of his role as an instrument mechanic and came up with a detailed account of at least 11 sources of asbestos exposure during his nine years at the paper mills.
Taking account Mr A’s declining medical condition we promptly obtained witness and medical evidence and drafted a schedule of loss. Within six months of his diagnosis the case settled for the sum of £275,000. Mr A was incredibly grateful that we were able to settle the claim within his lifetime, as this gave him peace of mind and the knowledge that his wife would be financially secure in the future.
Oliver Chapman, specialises in mesothelioma cases. If you would like to ask Oliver a question about a potential industrial disease case, or if you have a general query about any personal injury please get in contact.