Mesothelioma and asbestos diseases

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "Mesothelioma and asbestos diseases"

Transcription

1 Mesothelioma and asbestos diseases Claims guide for patients We are lawyers with 25 years experience in asbestos claims. We have helped thousands of patients and their families recover compensation. One of our clients Joyce Holley pictured third from left at the British Uralite asbestos factory in 1949, where she was exposed to asbestos Thank you so much for dealing with my case. I was very surprised with how quickly and how easily everything went through and with no effort on my part at all. So a big thank you to all who helped my case. Joyce Holley

2 We helped Chris Morgan who contracted mesothelioma through exposure to asbestos whilst working as an apprentice pipe fitter. We settled his claim against his ex-employer for half a million pounds within just a few months. Chris agreed to help the Health and Safety Executive campaign to highlight the risks of asbestos exposure. His interview was shown on the BBC and will be shown at health and safety events all over the UK as part of the awareness campaign. A clip of Chris interview can be seen on the HSE website: hiddenkiller/index.htm The photo shows Christopher and Jean Morgan on holiday. The Legal 500, 2009 described Field Fisher Waterhouse as: It is in a class of its own for disease cases, recovering more than 16m in 2008 for asbestos claims alone

3 We are renowned for our experience in dealing with asbestos disease claims. We have recovered more than 147m for patients in over 2,100 successful cases. 500,000 recovered for 46 year old mesothelioma sufferer who breathed asbestos in 1979 when employed as a roofer s labourer. He had to repair old and brittle asbestos sheeting in roofs and saw Asbestolux sheets down to size Recovering 475,000 within 6 months of instruction for an ex Devonport dockyard worker suffering from mesothelioma 180,000 recovered for a 72 year old mesothelioma sufferer who breathed asbestos in 1972 when collecting asbestos panels and inserting them into window frames to go into a new school which was being built 150,000 recovered for a 62 year old mesothelioma sufferer who breathed asbestos whilst sawing asbestos boards and sheets to size at a power station and on housing estates between 1964 and ,000 recovered for a 63 year old man who contracted mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure at an ecclesiastical in A local plumber had removed asbestos insulation from his family s lodgings during their holiday but had left residual asbestos dust which he breathed on his return 200,000 recovered for the family of a roofer who died of mesothelioma. He worked for Alpine Construction Limited and scraped old asbestos tiles from roofs. He also sawed up new asbestos tiling without protection 150,000 recovered for the family of a lady who was exposed to asbestos dust through washing her husband s overalls and contracted mesothelioma. He worked for Cape Plc as an asbestos spraying supervisor in the early 1970s 1.4m recovered for the widow of a 47 year old man who removed asbestos insulation from ovens, boilers and pipe work in a cake and biscuit factory between 1986 and ,000 awarded to a victim of mesothelioma who was exposed to asbestos between about 1967 and 1970 working as a lift engineer near sub-contractors who sawed and fitted Asbestolux sheets. Settlement achieved within four months of instruction 300,000 recovered for the widow of a plumber who worked for a small plumbing firm in Kent. Insurers were traced through a long search. Exposed to asbestos in the 1970s

4 We pride ourselves on caring for our clients, our experience and our commitment to our cases. We always ensure our clients needs are considered and are happy to visit you in your own home if you wish. Our team are not only specialists in obtaining compensation for sufferers of asbestos disease but all our lawyers are active campaigners and we have raised more than 40,000 for Bart s Mesothelioma Research to find a cure for mesothelioma. In safe hands Choosing us means you can be confident your case is in safe and very experienced hands. The head of our practice, Rodney Nelson-Jones, was presented with the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) award for outstanding achievement at the House of Commons. This was in recognition of the tremendous work done by him over 25 years for sufferers of asbestos disease. This commitment and tenacity is something that he values, and encourages in the whole team. No financial risk to you There are many options available to you, and we are able to deal with most cases on a no win, no fee basis with no financial risk to you, to give you the financial protection and peace of mind you need.

5 1 2 Cutting edge expertise You can be confident that our expertise in asbestos related claims is cutting edge. We have been involved in some of the most important court cases involving asbestos related diseases. In the case of Fairchild, Fox & Matthews, in the Court of Appeal, the insurance industry successfully argued that where a mesothelioma sufferer had worked with asbestos for two or more employers, he could not recover compensation because he could not show in which employment the fatal fibres had been inhaled. This meant that most mesothelioma patients would not have had the right to compensation. We were asked to join the legal team acting on behalf of Mrs Fox and Mr Matthews to appeal to the House of Lords. We worked intensively for four months and happily the Court of Appeal decision was overturned and so restored the rights to patients to claim for compensation. In the case of Phillips v L. Syndicate 992 Gunner and Others, the insurers refused to pay 100% of the compensation award of 205,000 because the insurers only held cover for part of the period of employment. Had this been upheld it would have meant countless other claimants would not have been entitled to the full compensation for their claims either. We started a fresh court action against the Syndicate for the balance of monies owed and gave evidence in the case. As a result, this claim was successful and 3 4 judgment was entered on behalf of Mrs Phillips so she recovered 100% of her compensation. In the case of Beesley, we recovered the highest ever award in a mesothelioma case for the care and assistance given, as well as one of the highest awards for pain and suffering. This judgment received national and international coverage, reaching out to as far as Australia. Rodney Nelson-Jones has been pioneering a new innovative approach in asbestos cases by recovering additional compensation on behalf of hospices, for the charitable care and assistance given for patients with mesothelioma. So far in 2009 he has won over 30,000 for three different hospices. Breadth of experience The breadth of our experience means that we may well have already dealt with a claim for the company you wish to claim against or one very similar. We have a database of over 1,900 companies insurers from over 25 years of our experience in asbestos disease claims. This means that we are familiar with large numbers of the thermal insulation companies, asbestos manufacturers, shipping lines and other employers which have been successfully sued in the past.

6 Asbestos, from the Greek word unquenchable is a group of natural minerals which are fireproof and remarkably resistant to acids and alkalies. It can be fashioned into a paste, sheets or rope and is a very efficient insulator which can also bind together other materials to produce a product of greater strength. The three most common forms of asbestos used in the UK were Chrysotile (white asbestos), Amosite (brown asbestos) and Crocidolite (blue asbestos). A further form of asbestos is known as Tremolite, which can be found in the earth s crust, but has only been mined commercially on a small scale. How was it used? Asbestos was used as an insulation material from the early part of the 19th Century with a significant increase in use in the 1930s due to its heat resistant properties. The real increase in the use of asbestos in the UK occurred after the 1930s. It was used for corrugated roofing, insulation around pipe work, in sheet form to box in pipes, on ships, houses, factories and power stations, and in public buildings such as schools and hospitals. Asbestos can be found in pipe lagging, roofs, floor and ceiling tiles, insulation board and AIB panels.

7 Asbestos roof Asbestos pipe lagging Asbestos-containing floor tiles Perforated AIB ceiling tiles Asbestos insulation board (AIB) Who could be affected? We have acted for a wide range of people who have been affected by asbestos disease. Including insulation engineers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, dockyard workers, factory workers, telecom engineers and in rare cases doctors, teachers, those living near asbestos factories and those who have been in contact with clothing that someone else who was exposed to asbestos wore at the time. Door with AIB panel

8 There are some essential elements which must be met for a successful claim. As with all asbestos related claims, it is necessary to show that a duty of care was owed to you, the injured person, by the party who exposed you to asbestos. If you have been exposed to asbestos in the course of your employment, there is usually no difficulty in showing that you were owed a duty of care in those circumstances. Sometimes there is exposure to members of employees families, for example as a result of dust carried home on clothing and tools. Or you may have lived near to a factory manufacturing asbestos products. It is usually possible to show a duty of care, but not always. Who s at fault? It is usually possible to show that there was a breach of duty (negligence) in allowing the exposure to occur and doing little or nothing to prevent this. Often particular duties will be specified in Acts of Parliament, such as the Factories Act, and failure to comply with these will be breaches of statutory duties. Everything that you can tell us about the circumstances in which you were exposed to asbestos will help to prove these breaches of duty. How have you suffered? In order to confirm this we will obtain a medical report for you. You will also be able to claim for other losses and expenses resulting from the asbestos disease such as a loss of earnings. These items can be included as other heads of damage. How was it caused? You must prove that your asbestos disease has at least probably been caused by the party being sued (the defendant). Usually there is no difficulty about this but problems may arise where there has been significant exposure to asbestos elsewhere e.g. during employment by another employer who cannot be sued. You must satisfy the Court that the defendant has made a material contribution to your asbestos disease. If you wish to claim financial loss, you will need to prove that the losses have probably resulted from the asbestos disease. For example, if you are unable to work because of your asbestos disease then you will be able to make a claim for your loss of earnings.

9 Lung cancer In the case of lung cancer which can be caused by a variety of agents, the most well-known of which is smoking, you need to prove that there has been exposure to asbestos. The link between asbestos inhalation and lung cancer is well reported so if a patient has lung fibrosis and a history of substantial exposure to asbestos dust, this will be readily diagnosed as asbestosis even if they have also been a smoker. The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will also award disablement benefit if lung cancer is accompanied by asbestosis. If a claimant has lung cancer, has been a smoker, and has been exposed to asbestos but does not have asbestosis, some courts have held that this is attributable to exposure to asbestos. We have achieved settlements in lung cancer cases where there is no asbestosis but this is still a difficult legal area. Are there limitations? There is a statutory limitation period of three years within which court action should be commenced. Usually, in asbestos disease cases, the period will run from the date on which you knew you had an asbestos disease. The Court has discretionary power to override this three year limitation period so it is worth discussing a possible claim even if you think you may be outside the period, but any delay can only cause difficulties. In a fatal case, the three year limit usually starts at the date of death or on the date when the person bringing the claim on behalf of the deceased first knew of the asbestos disease. It is still very important to see a solicitor as soon after the event as possible whilst memories are fresh. We will give you advice if we think that limitation is likely to present a problem, and we will take action, immediately if necessary, to protect your position as far as possible. We recently represented Mr W, a prominent architect who has been awarded an OBE for his voluntary work and services for access to buildings for disabled people. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2008 and we established that he contracted the asbestos related lung cancer during site visits to the various government housing projects that he worked on in the late 1960 s. We settled his claim for 250,000. Peter Williams, solicitor in this case, comments: Even in the late 1960s the Government was ignoring its own advice about the risk of mesothelioma from asbestos exposure. The consequences of those decisions are still being felt today by those who worked in ignorance of the dangers.

10 The Process We will advise you on a claim for compensation arising out of your asbestos related condition and the financial losses flowing from it. We will act on a no win, no fee basis with no financial risk to you and will seek to recover the highest amount of compensation as quickly as possible. In a simple case, we may be able to advise you at the outset whether to pursue your claim by court proceedings. But in some more complex cases, we will not be able to say initially whether or not there will be a successful claim but we will be able to confirm if we think your case warrants further investigation. First Steps The first steps are to gather evidence to prove the essential elements for a successful claim. This will include meeting with you to obtain a detailed statement and must include as much as you can remember about the circumstances in which you were exposed to asbestos. We will ask you to recall events that happened many years ago which may be difficult, but this is important, because the success of your claim will depend on it. The statement will also include details of how you found out about your asbestos disease and the effect this has on you. If you are suing an employer, we will write to the HM Revenue & Customs to obtain proof of your employment history. Any documents that you have to prove this will also help. If the prospective employer is no longer in existence and has been dissolved, we will make extensive enquiries to locate the insurers. If we are successful, we will then restore the company to the Register of Companies so that we can sue your employer in name only and recover damages from the insurers. We will also contact any witnesses to obtain further evidence and obtain a medical report from an expert who will comment on your condition. Compensation As well as investigating whether you have a claim for an asbestos disease, we will also consider the likely amount of compensation that a court would award. In many cases we will not look at the value of your claim in detail until the preliminary medical issues have been investigated, but we will always be able to give you a broad outline advice at the beginning of the case. This may take some time and may involve expert accountants evidence in complicated cases. Timescales Once these investigations are complete and if necessary, we will issue proceedings in the County Court or the High Court. We always aim to issue proceedings as soon as possible and proceed in order for a speedy resolution of your claim. Some cases can take as little as four to seven months to complete but more difficult cases may take longer.

11 Please contact one of our asbestos specialists for further information. Rodney Nelson-Jones, Partner Rodney is head of the group. He has specialised in asbestos disease claims for over 25 years. A leading legal directory commented that Rodney is one of the finest personal injury solicitors in the country and an outstanding asbestos litigator. e. t. +44 (0) Peter Williams, Partner Peter has specialised in asbestos-related disease claims since he joined the department in He gives annual talks to solicitors on asbestos claims for Central Law Training. He is a member of the Law Society Personal Injury Panel e. t. +44 (0) Andrew Morgan, Partner Andrew has specialised in cases involving industrial diseases including asbestos diseases since He advises the Parliamentary Sub-Committee on Asbestos and has been described by The Legal 500 as having an intellectual curiosity and will take novel points. e. t. +44 (0) Harminder Bains, Legal Executive Harminder is a Fellow of ILEX and APIL with more than 15 years experience and specialises in acting for victims of asbestos diseases. She has extensive trial experience having been involved in a multi-party test case, which concluded after a six-week trial. Her cases have featured in the Law Reports. e. t. +44 (0) Dushal Mehta, Solicitor Dushal joined the firm in He specialises in acting on behalf of claimants who are suffering with asbestos related illnesses. e. t. +44 (0)

12 Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP 35 Vine Street London EC3N 2AA t. +44 (0) f. +44 (0) t: This publication is not a substitute for detailed advice on specific transactions and should not be taken as providing legal advice on any of the topics discussed. Copyright Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP All rights reserved. Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC318472, which is regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. A list of members and their professional qualifications is available for inspection at its registered office, 35 Vine Street London EC3N 2AA. We use the word partner to refer to a member of Field Fisher Waterhouse LLP, or an employee or consultant with equivalent standing and qualifications.

Asbestos Disease Claims

Asbestos Disease Claims Asbestos Disease Claims A client s guide Spring 2007 Contents 2. Essential elements for a successful claim 3. What we will do 3. Funding the case 3. Preliminary investigations 4. What happens next? 4.

More information

Fatal Asbestos Claims

Fatal Asbestos Claims Fatal Asbestos Claims A guide to compensation Spring 2007 We are solicitors who specialise in fatal asbestos claims. Over the past 20 years we have helped hundreds of families recover compensation. What

More information

Mesothelioma and asbestos claims

Mesothelioma and asbestos claims Mesothelioma and asbestos claims Our solicitors have been helping victims of mesothelioma and asbestos diseases and their families for over 30 years. Field Fisher Waterhouse is a law firm with one of the

More information

Mesothelioma and asbestos claims

Mesothelioma and asbestos claims Proud Sponsors of Mesothelioma and asbestos claims 2013 marks the 30 year anniversary of Field Fisher Waterhouse helping those with Asbestos Disease. We have recovered close to 200 million for victims

More information

Mesothelioma & Asbestos Disease Claims

Mesothelioma & Asbestos Disease Claims www.ffw.com/personalinjury Freephone 0800 358 3848 www.ffw.com/personalinjury Freephone 0800 358 3848 Mesothelioma & Asbestos Disease Claims A guide for clients Head and shoulders above the rest in terms

More information

Mesothelioma Act 2014 and the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme

Mesothelioma Act 2014 and the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme www.fieldfisher.com/personalinjury Freephone 0800 358 3848 Mesothelioma Act 2014 and the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme A guide for clients Head and shoulders above the rest in terms of skills, experience

More information

FIGHTING FOR YOU. Asbestos and dust diseases

FIGHTING FOR YOU. Asbestos and dust diseases FIGHTING FOR YOU Asbestos and dust diseases The sad legacy of years of exposure to asbestos, both in commercial and industrial situations, and at home, has left a terrible number of South Australians either

More information

Mesothelioma and asbestos diseases Claims guide for patients

Mesothelioma and asbestos diseases Claims guide for patients Mesothelioma and asbestos diseases Claims guide for patients Asbestos Disease Lawyers Asbestos Disease Lawyers Leigh Day has a strong history of acting for asbestos victims, both in the UK and across the

More information

Financial help for people with mesothelioma

Financial help for people with mesothelioma Financial help for people with mesothelioma This information is an extract from the booklet Understanding mesothelioma. You may find the full booklet helpful. We can send you a free copy see page 7. Contents

More information

Asbestos News. Mesothelioma victim turns campaigner

Asbestos News. Mesothelioma victim turns campaigner Autumn/Winter 2009 Mesothelioma victim turns campaigner Harminder Bains acted on behalf of Christopher Morgan, a 58 year old mesothelioma sufferer who was exposed to asbestos whilst working as an apprentice

More information

Your Guide to Asbestos Related Disease Claims

Your Guide to Asbestos Related Disease Claims Your Guide to Asbestos Related Disease Claims www.colemans-ctts.co.uk enquiries@colemans-ctts.co.uk 100 Talbot Road, Stretford, Manchester M16 0PG 1-3 Union Street, Kingston-Upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 1RP

More information

Medical Negligence. A client s guide. head and shoulders above the rest in terms of skills, experience and quality. The Legal 500

Medical Negligence. A client s guide. head and shoulders above the rest in terms of skills, experience and quality. The Legal 500 www.personalinjury.ffw.com Freephone 0800 358 3848 www.personalinjury.ffw.com Freephone 0800 358 3848 Medical Negligence A client s guide head and shoulders above the rest in terms of skills, experience

More information

Asbestos Diseases. What Is Asbestos?

Asbestos Diseases. What Is Asbestos? 1 Asbestos Diseases What Is Asbestos? Asbestos is a term applied to a group of minerals formed into rock and mined in a similar way to coal. In this form, asbestos is made up of strong, fine and flexible

More information

Medical Negligence. A guide for clients. The team provides a first class service at all levels of experience. The Legal 500

Medical Negligence. A guide for clients. The team provides a first class service at all levels of experience. The Legal 500 www.ffw.com/personalinjury Freephone 0800 358 3848 www.ffw.com/personalinjury Freephone 0800 358 3848 Medical Negligence A guide for clients The team provides a first class service at all levels of experience.

More information

Asbestos and mesothelioma: An introduction to claiming compensation

Asbestos and mesothelioma: An introduction to claiming compensation Asbestos and mesothelioma: An introduction to claiming compensation We all felt we were in expert hands from the outset and it continued that way throughout. Mrs Pam Sunderland, widow of Ken Sunderland

More information

Specialists in asbestos litigation

Specialists in asbestos litigation Specialists in asbestos litigation Patient information fact sheet about: Asbestos Compensation Claims Your guide and information pack to explain what financial help is available for those suffering from

More information

Asbestos News. 2 Live at Bart s 9 Successful claim after insurer is traced 3 4. 5 ABI s new claims guidelines 12 6 Pleural plaques test cases 13 7

Asbestos News. 2 Live at Bart s 9 Successful claim after insurer is traced 3 4. 5 ABI s new claims guidelines 12 6 Pleural plaques test cases 13 7 JUNE 2004 Asbestos News Contents 1 FFW s previous record for asbestos damages broken (again) 8 Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 1981 2 Live at Bart s 9 Successful claim after

More information

Government lump sum payments for mesothelioma and other lung diseases

Government lump sum payments for mesothelioma and other lung diseases Government lump sum payments for mesothelioma and other lung diseases All victims of mesothelioma are entitled to a prompt lump sum payment from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) provided they

More information

An introduction to claiming compensation: Asbestos and mesothelioma. www.thompsons.law.co.uk. Standing up for you

An introduction to claiming compensation: Asbestos and mesothelioma. www.thompsons.law.co.uk. Standing up for you An introduction to claiming compensation: Asbestos and mesothelioma www.thompsons.law.co.uk Our pledge to you Thompsons Solicitors has been standing up for the injured and mistreated since Harry Thompson

More information

FREEPHONE: 0800 059 9112 EMAIL: admin@a1demolitionukltd.com. Asbestos Awareness. Toolbox Talk

FREEPHONE: 0800 059 9112 EMAIL: admin@a1demolitionukltd.com. Asbestos Awareness. Toolbox Talk FREEPHONE: 0800 059 9112 EMAIL: admin@a1demolitionukltd.com Asbestos Awareness Toolbox Talk ASBESTOS AWARENESS Why is it a Problem Asbestos was extensively used as a building material in the UK from the

More information

ASBESTOS WORKING WITH IN BUILDINGS. *Building maintenance. *Building repair. *Building refurbishment

ASBESTOS WORKING WITH IN BUILDINGS. *Building maintenance. *Building repair. *Building refurbishment WORKING WITH ASBESTOS IN BUILDINGS Essential advice for workers carrying out: *Building maintenance *Building repair *Building refurbishment *Building services Asbestos: The hidden killer! Are you at risk?

More information

chemical poisoning. We work in a practical,

chemical poisoning. We work in a practical, Our specialist team has a wealth of experience in dealing with claims arising from asbestos and chemical poisoning. We work in a practical, supportive & clear way, dedicated to gaining the best possible

More information

INJURY & NEGLIGENCE SPECIALISTS Illnesses. Asbestos Illnesses

INJURY & NEGLIGENCE SPECIALISTS Illnesses. Asbestos Illnesses Asbestos Illnesses INJURY & NEGLIGENCE Asbestos SPECIALISTS Illnesses Injury & Negligence I was totally satisfied with my solicitors service, it was First Class. Quote about Pannone part of Slater & Gordon,

More information

Brain injury lawyers. Field Fisher Waterhouse provides a first-class service to clients. The Legal 500

Brain injury lawyers. Field Fisher Waterhouse provides a first-class service to clients. The Legal 500 Brain injury lawyers Field Fisher Waterhouse provides a first-class service to clients. The Legal 500 www.ffw.com/personalinjury Freephone 0800 358 3848 Specialist brain injury solicitors Our brain injury

More information

JUSTICE FOR MESOTHELIOMA VICTIMS

JUSTICE FOR MESOTHELIOMA VICTIMS JUSTICE FOR MESOTHELIOMA VICTIMS Fact, fiction and ideas for change A briefing from The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) November 2013 The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL) is

More information

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006

The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006 A guide for safety representatives Asbestos has been the main cause of occupational ill health from about 1950 onwards and is still the greatest single work-related

More information

Mesothelioma Making a Claim

Mesothelioma Making a Claim Mesothelioma Making a Claim INJURY & NEGLIGENCE SPECIALISTS Injury & Negligence Nothing short of excellent Quote about Pannone part of Slater & Gordon, from Mr G. Essex WELCOME TO PANNONE PART OF SLATER

More information

Asbestos related disease compensation. no-one can change the past, but one of us could change your future

Asbestos related disease compensation. no-one can change the past, but one of us could change your future Asbestos related disease compensation no-one can change the past, but one of us could change your future Although asbestos was introduced into the UK in the 19th century, it s only in the last few decades

More information

Control of Asbestos. Blue crocidolite Brown amosite White chrysotile

Control of Asbestos. Blue crocidolite Brown amosite White chrysotile Control of Asbestos Asbestos has been the main cause of occupational ill health from about 1950 onwards and is still the greatest single work related cause of death from ill health. Past exposure is now

More information

Asbestos Brochure. Jim Wyatt - jwyatt@hamers.com Stephen Ball - sball@hamers.com. Freephone: 0800 591 999. www.hamers.com

Asbestos Brochure. Jim Wyatt - jwyatt@hamers.com Stephen Ball - sball@hamers.com. Freephone: 0800 591 999. www.hamers.com Jim Wyatt - jwyatt@hamers.com Stephen Ball - sball@hamers.com Freephone: 0800 591 999 5 Earls Court, Priory Park East, Hull, HU4 7DY Tel: 01482 326666 Fax: 01482 324432 Aspect Court, 47 Park Square East,

More information

Primary reason asbestos is used, is its special resistance to heat. Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible.

Primary reason asbestos is used, is its special resistance to heat. Asbestos fibers are also virtually indestructible. ASBESTOS AWARENESS Asbestos Awareness Asbestos is a serious health hazard commonly found in our environment today. This module is designed to provide initial education of asbestos and its associated hazards.

More information

NHS Barking and Dagenham Briefing on disease linked to Asbestos in Barking & Dagenham

NHS Barking and Dagenham Briefing on disease linked to Asbestos in Barking & Dagenham APPENDIX 1 NHS Barking and Dagenham Briefing on disease linked to Asbestos in Barking & Dagenham 1. Background 1.1. Asbestos Asbestos is a general name given to several naturally occurring fibrous minerals

More information

Brain injury claims. A niche personal injury practice focused on catastrophic and neurotrauma claims

Brain injury claims. A niche personal injury practice focused on catastrophic and neurotrauma claims Brain injury claims As specialist brain injury lawyers we are renowned for our experience in dealing with these complex claims. We focus on your claim and what you need in the early days after a serious

More information

The asbestos crisis Why Britain needs an eradication law

The asbestos crisis Why Britain needs an eradication law Why Britain needs an eradication law All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health believes that the time has come

More information

Field Fisher Waterhouse support Action Mesothelioma Day. dreadful impact it has had on her and her family.

Field Fisher Waterhouse support Action Mesothelioma Day. dreadful impact it has had on her and her family. Asbestos News Summer 2012 Field Fisher Waterhouse support Action Mesothelioma Day Field Fisher Waterhouse s specialist Mesothelioma and Asbestos team attended a number of events on Friday 6th July 2012

More information

Claims Guide for Patients Claims guide for patients

Claims Guide for Patients Claims guide for patients Mesothelioma Mesothelioma and and Asbestos asbestos Diseases diseases Claims Guide for Patients Claims guide for patients Asbestos Disease Lawyers An Example of Asbestos Products Asbestos cement roof Asbestos

More information

Property Services information sheet - number 3. Asbestos. December 2008 rev 1. You may have materials that contain asbestos in your house.

Property Services information sheet - number 3. Asbestos. December 2008 rev 1. You may have materials that contain asbestos in your house. Property Services information sheet - number 3 Asbestos December 2008 rev 1 You may have materials that contain asbestos in your house. A. What is asbestos B. What do you do if you have asbestos in your

More information

The asbestos crisis. Why Britain needs an eradication Law. Background. Levels of mortality

The asbestos crisis. Why Britain needs an eradication Law. Background. Levels of mortality The asbestos crisis. Why Britain needs an eradication Law. The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health believes that the time has come to put in place regulations requiring the

More information

GUIDE TO PERSONAL INJURY TRUSTS

GUIDE TO PERSONAL INJURY TRUSTS GUIDE TO PERSONAL INJURY TRUSTS Your guide to Personal Injury Trusts If you have been injured and are making a claim it could be some time before you are able to return to work or resume a normal life.

More information

MWR Solicitors A legal guide HEALTH & SAFETY: Industrial diseases. Lawyers for life

MWR Solicitors A legal guide HEALTH & SAFETY: Industrial diseases. Lawyers for life MWR Solicitors A legal guide HEALTH & SAFETY: Industrial diseases Lawyers for life CONTENTS Time Limits 4 Foreseeable Risk of Injury 4 Asbestos-Related Disease 4 - A Brief Insight 4 - Overview 5 - Pleural

More information

ASBESTOS. Know what it is and how you can protect yourself. environmental affairs Department: Environmental Affairs REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

ASBESTOS. Know what it is and how you can protect yourself. environmental affairs Department: Environmental Affairs REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA ASBESTOS Know what it is and how you can protect yourself environmental affairs Department: Environmental Affairs REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA 1 What is asbestos? The term asbestos designates a group of naturally

More information

PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS Frequently Asked Questions 1. Can I make a claim? If you have been injured because of the fault of someone else, you can claim financial compensation through the courts. The dependants

More information

ASBESTOS AWARENESS. For workers and building occupants

ASBESTOS AWARENESS. For workers and building occupants ASBESTOS AWARENESS For workers and building occupants Asbestos Awareness Asbestos is a serious health hazard commonly found in our environment today. This module is designed to provide an overview of asbestos

More information

Williams v. University of Birmingham [2011] EWCA Civ 1242 Court of Appeal, 28 October 2011

Williams v. University of Birmingham [2011] EWCA Civ 1242 Court of Appeal, 28 October 2011 Williams v. University of Birmingham [2011] EWCA Civ 1242 Court of Appeal, 28 October 2011 Summary In a mesothelioma claim, the defendant was not in breach of duty in relation to exposure to asbestos for

More information

Conditional fee agreements. A client s guide

Conditional fee agreements. A client s guide Conditional fee agreements A client s guide Private funding a deterrent No win, no fee agreements are legally known as Conditional Fee Agreements. Conditional Fee Agreements are a way of funding personal

More information

H2 Opening Statement Asbestos

H2 Opening Statement Asbestos H2 Opening Statement Asbestos Every year there are thousands of asbestos related deaths. Asbestos fibres accumulate in the lungs, therefore several diseases can occur, among these are two main types of

More information

Hamers S O L I C I T O R S. Jim Wyatt jwyatt@hamers.com. Freephone: 0800 591 999. 5 Earls Court, Priory Park, East, Hull HU4 7DY

Hamers S O L I C I T O R S. Jim Wyatt jwyatt@hamers.com. Freephone: 0800 591 999. 5 Earls Court, Priory Park, East, Hull HU4 7DY Hamers S O L I C I T O R S Jim Wyatt jwyatt@hamers.com Freephone: 0800 591 999 5 Earls Court, Priory Park, East, Hull HU4 7DY Tel: 01482 326666 Fax: 01482 324432 www.hamers.com Hamers Solicitors LP is

More information

Brain injury lawyers Rehabilitation Change Support Care Family Pain Anger Justice Therapy

Brain injury lawyers Rehabilitation Change Support Care Family Pain Anger Justice Therapy Brain injury lawyers Rehabilitation Change Support Care Family Pain Anger Justice Therapy Fieldfisher provides a first-class service to clients. www.fieldfisher.com/personalinjury Freephone 0800 358 3848

More information

Personal Injury Claims

Personal Injury Claims Dawn Cardwell - dcardwell@hamers.com Robert Holroyd - rholroyd@hamers.com Jeremy Rea - jrea@hamers.com Paul Richardson - prichardson@hamers.com Jim Wyatt - jwyatt@hamers.com Freephone: 0800 591 999 5 Earls

More information

ASBESTOS ASBESTOS CANCER MESOTHELIOMA STAGING MESOTHELIOMA TREATMENT LUNG CANCER ASBESTOSIS PLEURAL DISEASE

ASBESTOS ASBESTOS CANCER MESOTHELIOMA STAGING MESOTHELIOMA TREATMENT LUNG CANCER ASBESTOSIS PLEURAL DISEASE Page 1 of 5 THE ONLINE ASBESTOS, ASBESTOS CANCER, & MESOTHELIOMA AUTHORITY Occupations ASBESTOS ASBESTOS CANCER MESOTHELIOMA STAGING MESOTHELIOMA TREATMENT LUNG CANCER ASBESTOSIS PLEURAL DISEASE CLINICAL

More information

Medical Negligence. A client s guide

Medical Negligence. A client s guide Medical Negligence A client s guide What is medical negligence? This note is intended to give you a broad outline about medical negligence (sometimes called clinical negligence) cases. It is not a substitute

More information

Asbestos related lung cancer

Asbestos related lung cancer Asbestos related lung cancer Personal Injury All you need to know about making an asbestos related lung cancer claim from leading personal injury lawyers Irwin Mitchell. My wife and I would like to express

More information

Asbestos awareness for Craftsman. Presented by Bob Miller & Andrew Knight

Asbestos awareness for Craftsman. Presented by Bob Miller & Andrew Knight Asbestos awareness for Craftsman Presented by Bob Miller & Andrew Knight What do you know about asbestos? Outline four things you know about asbestos. What could be asbestos here? What is asbestos? Asbestos

More information

Asbestos Diseases Uncovered

Asbestos Diseases Uncovered Asbestos Diseases Uncovered Your complete download & keep guide to asbestos-related diseases. Their symptoms, causes and potential compensation payable Contents What is Asbestos? What diseases are caused

More information

Asbestos related lung cancer

Asbestos related lung cancer Asbestos related lung cancer Personal Injury All you need to know about making an asbestos related lung cancer claim from leading personal injury lawyers Irwin Mitchell. Asbestos Brochure V2.indd 1 25/04/2013

More information

Mesothelioma. Personal Legal Services

Mesothelioma. Personal Legal Services Mesothelioma Personal Legal Services This information relates to the law and procedures in England and Wales. Please contact us if you need advice about the law and procedure in other legal jurisdictions.

More information

2013 marks the 30 year anniversary of Field Fisher Waterhouse seeking legal compensation for those with asbestos disease.

2013 marks the 30 year anniversary of Field Fisher Waterhouse seeking legal compensation for those with asbestos disease. Proud Sponsors of Asbestos News 30 years experience helping those with Asbestos Disease Summer 2013 We are described by the legal directories as "Head and shoulders above the rest in terms of skills, experience

More information

A guide to the recovery of hospice care costs. Personal Injury

A guide to the recovery of hospice care costs. Personal Injury A guide to the recovery of hospice care costs Personal Injury The future of hospice care costs A landmark High Court ruling secured by Irwin Mitchell now allows hospices across the country to claim back

More information

Justice Committee. Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill. Written submission from Clydeside Action on Asbestos

Justice Committee. Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill. Written submission from Clydeside Action on Asbestos Justice Committee Courts Reform (Scotland) Bill Written submission from Clydeside Action on Asbestos In our view, the Court of Session should deal only with most complex and important cases and that most

More information

ASBESTOS AWARENESS TRAINING. For workers and building occupants

ASBESTOS AWARENESS TRAINING. For workers and building occupants University of Nevada, Reno ASBESTOS AWARENESS TRAINING PROGRAM For workers and building occupants John A Braun, CSP Asbestos Awareness OSHA Standards for Asbestos are: 29 CFR 1910.1001 applies to all occupational

More information

NISG Asbestos. Caroline Kirton

NISG Asbestos. Caroline Kirton NISG Asbestos Caroline Kirton 1 The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012, Regulation 10 requires every employer to ensure that adequate information, instruction and training is given to their employees

More information

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, with many physical forms, of which the three most important are:

Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral, with many physical forms, of which the three most important are: Asbestos Awareness 1. Introduction This presentation contains: The properties of asbestos Its effects on health Its interaction with smoking The types of product and materials likely to contain asbestos

More information

Frequently Asked Questions. What is asbestos? 2. How is asbestos harmful? 2. What illnesses does asbestos cause? 3

Frequently Asked Questions. What is asbestos? 2. How is asbestos harmful? 2. What illnesses does asbestos cause? 3 Duty to Manage Asbestos in Non-Domestic Premises Frequently Asked Questions Page What is asbestos? 2 How is asbestos harmful? 2 What illnesses does asbestos cause? 3 How many people die as a result of

More information

Asbestos awareness. University of Brighton 2016

Asbestos awareness. University of Brighton 2016 Asbestos awareness University of Brighton 2016 What is asbestos? Asbestos is a naturally occurring mineral which has been in use for over 2,000 years. It was named by the Greeks, meaning is inextinguishable.

More information

Work Related Illness. All you need to know about making a work related illness claim from leading personal injury lawyers Irwin Mitchell.

Work Related Illness. All you need to know about making a work related illness claim from leading personal injury lawyers Irwin Mitchell. Work Related Illness Personal Injury All you need to know about making a work related illness claim from leading personal injury lawyers Irwin Mitchell. Your encouragement and advice to pursue the claim

More information

HAZARDS CONFERENCE 2013 LEGAL REFORMS KEY POINTS

HAZARDS CONFERENCE 2013 LEGAL REFORMS KEY POINTS HAZARDS CONFERENCE 2013 LEGAL REFORMS KEY POINTS Personal Injury Stephen Nye & Satinder Bains Partners Irwin Mitchell LLP, Birmingham FACTS AND FIGURES The number of cases of mesothelioma, caused by asbestos,

More information

Mesothelioma and asbestos claims

Mesothelioma and asbestos claims Proud Sponsors of Mesothelioma and asbestos claims Fieldfisher have been helping those with Asbestos Disease for over 30 years We have recovered over 200 million for victims of asbestos disease from all

More information

Efficiently Maintaining Commercial Buildings. Asbestos Awareness

Efficiently Maintaining Commercial Buildings. Asbestos Awareness Efficiently Maintaining Commercial Buildings Asbestos Awareness What are the risks? Asbestos was used extensively between the 1950s and 1980s in both domestic and commercial buildings and although its

More information

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the claims process. 3. What happens if the individual has died, can family members claim compensation?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the claims process. 3. What happens if the individual has died, can family members claim compensation? FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS about the claims process 1. Who qualifies to claim? Mine workers who were exposed to asbestos from qualifying operations and who have developed an asbestos related disease. 2.

More information

Accidents at Work. Everything you need to know

Accidents at Work. Everything you need to know Accidents at Work Everything you need to know Falling from ladders, slipping on a wet floor, lifting a heavy item, cutting yourself on a machine. Even in the 21st Century the workplace is still dangerous

More information

Asbestos news. Siren, the string quartet who performed at the FFW fund raising event for mesothelioma research

Asbestos news. Siren, the string quartet who performed at the FFW fund raising event for mesothelioma research Asbestos news Spring 2007 Contents Siren, the string quartet who performed at the FFW fund raising event for mesothelioma research 2. Fund raising event for mesothelioma research 7. Cape Plc asbestos fund

More information

ABClean Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

ABClean Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) ABClean Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 1. How can I recognize asbestos containing products during cleaning, renovation, demolition or dismantling task? Considering construction date, which buildings

More information

Step-by-step guide to pursuing a medical negligence claim

Step-by-step guide to pursuing a medical negligence claim Step-by-step guide to pursuing a medical negligence claim Suffering from medical negligence can be a painful and distressing experience for anyone. This short guide offers some advice to help people thinking

More information

Mesothelioma care guide

Mesothelioma care guide Following your diagnosis of mesothelioma, this is a practical, supportive and clear guide on what to do next. Supporting clients with mesothelioma for over twelve years, our Kent-based team has the knowledge

More information

Reform to Lost Years Damages in Mesothelioma Claims

Reform to Lost Years Damages in Mesothelioma Claims Reform to Lost Years Damages in Mesothelioma Claims September 2008 Neil Fisher and Kevin Johnson John Pickering and Partners LLP Email: kj@johnpickering.co.uk 19 Castle Street Liverpool L2 4SX Tel: 0151

More information

Industrial Disease. Everything you need to know

Industrial Disease. Everything you need to know Industrial Disease Everything you need to know The phrase industrial disease is often thrown about in the workplace, on the internet or in the news. It creates an image of a dirty, heavy duty industrial

More information

Injured at Work? What are Industrial Injury Benefits? Had an accident at work? What you should do The two main benefits are: before

Injured at Work? What are Industrial Injury Benefits? Had an accident at work? What you should do The two main benefits are: before What are Industrial Injury Benefits? Industrial Injury Benefits are tax-free weekly cash benefits from the Department for Work & Pensions (DWP). They are paid to people who have had an injury at work or

More information

the compensation myth

the compensation myth the compensation myth The Compensation Myth It is common to hear stories of the Compensation Culture or claims that Britain is becoming Risk Averse as a result of people claiming compensation. The truth

More information

M E S O T H E L I O M A Questions & Answers

M E S O T H E L I O M A Questions & Answers M E S O T H E L I O M A Questions & Answers A G U I D E F O R M E S O T H E L I O M A P A T I E N T S A N D T H E I R L O V E D O N E S MORGAN & MORGAN FORTHEPEOPLE.COM 877-667-4265 Mesothelioma Questions

More information

Disease/Illness GUIDE TO PLEURAL PLAQUES. What are Pleural Plaques? www.simpsonmillar.co.uk Telephone 0844 858 3200

Disease/Illness GUIDE TO PLEURAL PLAQUES. What are Pleural Plaques? www.simpsonmillar.co.uk Telephone 0844 858 3200 GUIDE TO PLEURAL PLAQUES What are Pleural Plaques? The most common injury caused by asbestos exposure is pleural plaques, which appear as white or yellow thickening on the pleura. They often appear frequently

More information

ADVICE to safety representatives

ADVICE to safety representatives UNITE LEGAL SERVICES - TRUST YOUR UNION ADVICE to safety representatives Unite has launched a new asbestos campaign aiming to: Raise members awareness of asbestos hazards at work Provide advice to Unite

More information

3OHQDU\3UHVHQWDWLRQ 4.7 CASE STUDY: HANCOCK AND MARGERESON VS. T&N PLC - LANDMARK CASE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE

3OHQDU\3UHVHQWDWLRQ 4.7 CASE STUDY: HANCOCK AND MARGERESON VS. T&N PLC - LANDMARK CASE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE 3OHQDU\3UHVHQWDWLRQ 4.7 CASE STUDY: HANCOCK AND MARGERESON VS. T&N PLC - LANDMARK CASE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURE JOHN PICKERING Editors Note. In the event, John Pickering departed from the advertised

More information

Guide to compensation claims against the police

Guide to compensation claims against the police Tel: 020 8492 2290 I N C O R P O R A T I N G D O N A L D G A L B R A I T H & C O Guide to compensation claims against the police This guide is designed to provide a general overview to bringing compensation

More information

ASBESTOS DISEASES. Dr Alastair Robertson

ASBESTOS DISEASES. Dr Alastair Robertson ASBESTOS DISEASES Dr Alastair Robertson Occupational Health Department University Hospital Birmingham Birmingham B29 6JF 01216278285 Alastair.robertson@uhb.nhs.uk Occupational Lung Disease Unit Birmingham

More information

L.E. LAW INFORMATION SHEET NO. 11 GUIDE TO PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS

L.E. LAW INFORMATION SHEET NO. 11 GUIDE TO PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS LE Law Services Ltd 127 High Road Loughton Essex IG10 4LT Telephone: 020 8508 4961 Facsimile: 020 8508 6359 www.lelaw.co.uk L.E. LAW INFORMATION SHEET NO. 11 GUIDE TO PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS 1. Introduction

More information

ACCIDENTS AT WORK. Summary of the law on

ACCIDENTS AT WORK. Summary of the law on Summary of the law on ACCIDENTS AT WORK The law says that employers are responsible for the safety of their workers at work. Workers have an obligation to look after themselves as well, but employers have

More information

In order to prove negligence the Claimant must establish the following:

In order to prove negligence the Claimant must establish the following: Introduction A wealth of law exists to provide compensation to people who have suffered injuries, both physical and psychological, following an accident. This fact sheet provides a very brief guide to

More information

Clinical Negligence: A guide to making a claim

Clinical Negligence: A guide to making a claim : A guide to making a claim 2 Our guide to making a clinical negligence claim At Kingsley Napley, our guiding principle is to provide you with a dedicated client service and we aim to make the claims process

More information

Asbestos in the home

Asbestos in the home Asbestos in the home Raven Your safety is important to us. So we want to explain where you might find asbestos in your home, why it can be dangerous, what we are doing to reduce any risk to you, and what

More information

Asbestos in the Home MISAWA AB, JAPAN

Asbestos in the Home MISAWA AB, JAPAN Asbestos in the Home MISAWA AB, JAPAN Asbestos Awareness OCCUPANT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF INFORMATION SIGNATURE UNIT NUMBER DATE Prepared by: 35 CES/CEV If you have further question about location of asbestos

More information

Asbestos is found in many products used in buildings, including ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, boilers and sprayed coatings.

Asbestos is found in many products used in buildings, including ceiling tiles, pipe insulation, boilers and sprayed coatings. A Guide to Asbestos What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a naturally occurring fibrous material that has been a popular building material since the 1950s. It is used as an insulator (to keep in heat and keep

More information

Asbestos Awareness Training Requirements

Asbestos Awareness Training Requirements Asbestos Awareness Training Requirements Guidance Note 3 Jan 14 1 Introduction This Guidance Note gives practical information about asbestos awareness training. Sample wording for a tool box talk briefing

More information

ASBESTOS AWARENESS. Environmental Health And Safety. www.uoguelph.ca/ehs MAINTENANCE CONTRACTORS

ASBESTOS AWARENESS. Environmental Health And Safety. www.uoguelph.ca/ehs MAINTENANCE CONTRACTORS ASBESTOS AWARENESS MAINTENANCE CONTRACTORS Environmental Health And Safety www.uoguelph.ca/ehs March 2007 ASBESTOS AWARENESS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF GUELPH What is Asbestos? The term asbestos refers to a

More information

MAURICE BLACKBURN LAWYERS ROAD ACCIDENT INJURIES SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MAURICE BLACKBURN LAWYERS ROAD ACCIDENT INJURIES SOUTH AUSTRALIA MAURICE BLACKBURN LAWYERS ROAD ACCIDENT INJURIES SOUTH AUSTRALIA 02 MAURICE BLACKBURN YOU RE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. If you are hurt, injured, or are facing an unfair situation, you and your family shouldn

More information

Regulatory Services. Asbestos in the Home. What is asbestos?

Regulatory Services. Asbestos in the Home. What is asbestos? Regulatory Services Asbestos in the Home What is asbestos? Asbestos is a natural silicate mineral consisting of fibres. The fibres are strong, durable, and resistant to heat, long, thin and flexible. There

More information

John Greenway Baroness Turner Lord Brookman Lord Davies Lord Sheikh

John Greenway Baroness Turner Lord Brookman Lord Davies Lord Sheikh Subject: Compensation Bill new Clauses (re Asbestosis) Note of key matters: Attenders: Presenters APPG Others Justin Jacobs, Head of Liability, Motor & Risk Pricing at the ABI Graham Gibson, Director of

More information

Mesothelioma. Personal Legal Services

Mesothelioma. Personal Legal Services Mesothelioma Personal Legal Services Proud supporters of Mesothelioma UK All you need to know about making a mesothelioma claim from leading personal injury solicitors Irwin Mitchell. Very many thanks

More information

Legal Action / Claiming Compensation in Scotland

Legal Action / Claiming Compensation in Scotland Legal Action / Claiming Compensation in Scotland This help sheet explains your legal rights if you have been injured as a result of medical treatment and the steps involved in seeking compensation through

More information

Asbestos Awareness at the University of Toronto

Asbestos Awareness at the University of Toronto Asbestos Awareness at the University of Toronto What is Asbestos? Asbestos is a general term given to a group of naturally occurring mineral silicates that are made up of long thin fibres. These fibrous

More information