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You should be eligible to make asbestos claims for compensation if you have sustained an asbestos related injury due to your previous work environment. Because of the length of time that symptoms of an asbestos related injury take to manifest, you will be entitled to make asbestos injury claims many years after being exposed to the harmful fibres – even if the company which was responsible for your illness is no longer trading. For individual advice specific to your personal situation, call our helpline and speak directly with an asbestos claims solicitor to ensure you receive the maximum compensation settlement for asbestos claims.

New Bill Proposed for Employees to Claim Mesothelioma Cancer Compensation

May 11, 2013

The government has released details of proposed new legislation which will enable former employees to claim mesothelioma cancer compensation when their former employers cannot be located.

The Mesothelioma Bill, which was announced in the Queen´s Speech, aims to provide a means for workers, who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace and who subsequently developed mesothelioma cancer, to claim compensation when their former employers or the insurance company who provided employer liability insurance cannot be traced.

The proposed scheme will only apply to those unable to claim mesothelioma cancer compensation from a former employer´s insurance company and will settle claims for compensation at 70 percent of the average settlement paid out by insurers to those able to make a claim through the normal channels.

The £300 million program will be funded by a levy on insurance companies currently providing employer´s liability insurance and enable more than three hundred former employers each year to claim mesothelioma cancer compensation who would otherwise not receive anything.

Otto Thoresen, director general of the Association of British Insurers, welcomed the Bill saying “The insurance industry wants to do all it can to help sufferers and has worked with the government on this package of measures that will deliver help to claimants much faster, including to those who would otherwise go uncompensated.”

However, campaigners for asbestos victims have criticised the proposals – saying that they do not go far enough. They cite that former employees wishing to claim mesothelioma cancer compensation through the scheme will only qualify if they have been diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer since 25th July 2012 and that the Mesothelioma Bill excludes former employees who are suffering from pleural thickening or asbestosis.

Chairman of the Asbestos Victims Support Group – Tony Whitston – said: “What appears to be a great deal brokered by government, and costing the insurance industry a small fortune, is in reality something entirely different. This scheme is not what we expected. It was presented as a fait accompli to asbestos victims and saves the insurance industry a small fortune at huge cost to asbestos victims.”

The British Lung Foundation was also critical of how much money was being invested into research of the disease. A spokesperson said that “a shamefully small amount” was spent on research into mesothelioma cancer – only £400,000 in 2011, compared to £11.5 million spent on lung cancer – and said the British Lung Foundation would campaign for a “long-term, sustainable research fund” to find a cure for mesothelioma cancer.

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Man Dies after Starting Claim for BT Engineer Mesothelioma Cancer

August 11, 2012

A former BT Building Contract Manager has died shortly after commencing a claim for BT engineer mesothelioma cancer compensation against his former employers.

Derek Butler (74) from Weston in Somerset was diagnosed as having mesothelioma cancer earlier this year – an industrial disease caused by exposure to asbestos. At the inquest into his death, Assistant Deputy Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing heard from consultant physician Dr Justin Pepperell, who confirmed Mr Butler had died as a result of malignant mesothelioma cancer.

The court was also read a statement prepared by Derek prior to his death in which the deceased explained that he had worked for British telecommunications from 1967 and, in 1980, had been promoted to the role of Building Contract Manager. His new role included the preparation and remodelling of existing buildings which were transferring from mechanical to electrical telephone systems.

Although Derek´s major responsibility in the new role was in the planning of the remodelling, his work involved on-site supervision. While on-site – the statement continued – Derek was exposed to cables coated in asbestos and, despite the presence of plastic sheets, a significant volume of dust fibres were released into the atmosphere because of the size of the project. This continued until Derek´s retirement from BT in 1996.

The inquest was also told that Derek had commenced a claim for BT engineer mesothelioma cancer once his condition had been attributed to his exposure to asbestos while working for BT and, summing up the hearing, Assistant Deputy Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing said: “Mr Butler did not work directly with asbestos but when working with BT and working with buildings which were remodelled it was likely he was exposed to asbestos during that work. I accept the medical cause of death as being one due to industrial disease.”

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Engineer Asbestos Claims Compensation for Boiler Worker’s Widow

May 24, 2012

The widow of a man who contracted mesothelioma cancer from the lagging of water boilers has been awarded 290,000 pounds in engineer asbestos claims compensation one year after her husband´s death.

David Bean from Shepton Mallet in Somerset worked as a boiler engineer for Bristol Water until 1992; during which time his duties included visiting pump stations which housed water boilers guarded by asbestos cement lagging.

In September 2010, David started to suffer from chest pains, coughing and breathlessness, and was found to have mesothelioma cancer.

Within six months David had passed away at the age of 73 and, after seeking legal advice, David´s widow – Jean – made a claim for engineer asbestos claims compensation against his former employers.

It was alleged in the engineer asbestos claims compensation action that David was not provided with protective masks or clothing, or warned by Bristol Water of the risks posed by disturbing and inhaling asbestos fibres.

After an investigation into historic health and safety procedures, Bristol Water admitted liability for David´s exposure for asbestos and a settlement of engineer asbestos claims compensation was negotiated between the company and Jean´s legal representatives.

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Asbestosis Related Cancer Compensation Settlement Resolved for Ex-Miner

March 24, 2012

An ex-miner, who alleged he contracted mesothelioma while working for the National Coal Board, has won his asbestos related cancer compensation claim at London´s High Court.

Dennis Ball (92) from Beeston in Nottinghamshire worked for the National Coal Board at their Sutton and Moorgreen pits from 1967 to 1985. He claimed in his injury compensation claim that it was while he was working in the two collieries that he was openly exposed to asbestos which caused his mesothelioma cancer.

At London´s High Court, Mrs Justice Swift heard that Dennis had led a largely independent existence prior to March 2010, when he was found on the floor of his flat by his step-son struggling to breath. He was moved to a care home where he was diagnosed with mesothelioma – the asbestos related cancer which lines his lungs and is incurable.

The judge was also told that the Department of Energy and Climate Change – the government body now responsible for handling the affairs of the National Coal Board and British Coal Corporation – admitted liability for Dennis´ illness and the asbestos related cancer compensation claim was now before her for final assessment of damages.

After being told that Dennis was a man with an important sense of independence and a fear of hospitals, Mrs Justice Swift awarded Dennis 73,890 pounds in asbestos related cancer compensation to account for his pain and suffering and the loss of his independence. The judge also included in the award an amount of 20,000 pounds for “lost years of life”, commenting that “despite his age, his disease has had a devastating effect on his life”.

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Man Dies after Taking a UK Work Injury Claims Action for BT Engineer Mesothelioma

January 23, 2012

A former BT Building Contract Manager has died shortly after commencing a UK work injury claims action for BT engineer mesothelioma compensation against his former employers.

Derek Butler (74) from Weston in Somerset was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer earlier this year – an industrial disease caused by being exposed to asbestos. At the inquest into his passing, Assistant Deputy Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing heard from consultant physician Dr Justin Pepperell, who confirmed Mr Butler had died as a result of malignant mesothelioma.

The court was also read a statement prepared by Derek prior to his death in which the deceased explained that he had worked for British telecommunications from 1967 and, in 1980, had been promoted to the role of Building Contract Manager. His new role included the preparation and remodelling of buildings which were transferring from mechanical to electrical telecommunications systems.

Although Derek´s main responsibility was in the planning of the remodelling, his work involved on-site supervision. While on-site – the statement continued – Derek was exposed to cables coated in asbestos and, regardless the presence of plastic sheets, a significant volume of dust fibres were released into the atmosphere because of the scale of the project. This continued until Derek´s retirement from the role at BT in 1996.

The inquest was also told that Derek had commenced a UK work injury claims action for BT engineer mesothelioma compensation after his condition had been attributed to his exposure to asbestos while working for BT and, summing up the hearing, Assistant Deputy Coroner Dr Peter Harrowing said: “Mr Butler did not work directly with asbestos but when working with BT and working with buildings which were remodelled it was likely he was exposed to asbestos during that work. I accept the medical cause of death as being one due to industrial disease.”

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Judge Awards Mesothelioma Cancer Compensation to BT Engineer

December 9, 2011

A judge at Bristol High Court has awarded an interim payment of mesothelioma cancer compensation to a BT Engineer who had worked for the telecommunications company for 27 years.

Frederick Vincent (76) from Torquay in Dorset was awarded the five-figure mesothelioma cancer compensation sum as an interim payment to provide him with the private care he requires immediately, pending a full settlement of BT engineer mesothelioma compensation still to be determined.

The court was advised how Frederick worked as an installation engineer for BT between 1962 and 1989 and regularly came into contact with asbestos while working in telephone exchanges in Devon where he had to drill through asbestos insulation boards to gain access to telephone wires.

Frederick also informed the court that he worked in close proximity to asbestos-lagged pipe work and his exposure to asbestos had been attributed to his developing mesothelioma cancer – a diagnosis he received on his fiftieth wedding anniversary earlier this year.

The judge found against BT for negligently exposing their employee to asbestos and awarded the interim payment of compensation for mesothelioma to the BT engineer. The money will enable Frederick to pay for private nursing care and equipment to help him through the final stages of his illness, and also to purchase a car in order that Frederick´s wife – Jean – can bring him to medical appointments.

Latest: February 2012: Sadly, Frederick passed away due to malignant mesothelioma cancer on 31st January.

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