Field Fisher Waterhouse Wins Compensation For Lung Cancer Sufferer
Exposed To Asbestos
on: June 19, 2009, 8:49 am
Fisher Waterhouse LLP has won £84,000 in compensation for
Mr B, a 67 year old man from Hayes who contracted lung cancer
after being exposed to asbestos dust whilst working as a labourer
for Cape Building Products Limited in the 1960s.
his 18 months at Cape Building Products, Mr B was heavily exposed
dust in the course of his work. His tasks included handling sacks
of raw asbestos which he was required to open and empty out.
it is very difficult to prove the connection between lung cancer
and asbestos exposure where the sufferer has not first contracted
asbestosis. In this case Mr B had also smoked heavily for most
of his adult life, making it even harder to establish the connection.
Osborne, solicitor in the Asbestos Claims Group at Field
Fisher Waterhouse, was able to negotiate a settlement from
Cape Building Products' insurer with the help of a medical report
proving that asbestosis did not need to be present for a patient's
lung cancer to be attributed to asbestos exposure. Mr B received
a settlement of £84,000 in compensation which took into
account a deduction of 17.5 % to reflect his history of smoking.
Osborne, senior associate in the Asbestos Claims Group at Field
Fisher Waterhouse, commented: "I am pleased that we were
able to prove the connection between Mr B's lung cancer and his
exposure to asbestos at Cape Building Products in the 1960s. Despite
being exposed to asbestos dust for only a short time, this was
enough for him to contract a serious disease. This settlement
will provide Mr B and his family with the necessary means to cover
the costs of his ongoing care."
B's son said: "I would like to take this opportunity, on
behalf of my father and myself, to thank the firm for the professional
and sympathetic way they have dealt with our claim. On a personal
note, I would like to thank Michael for making such a big difference
to our situation."
Notes to editors:
Case number: 44605.1
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