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Asbestos exposure leads to a diagnosis of mesothelioma for demolition worker

Our client came to us in his 70s having been diagnosed with the cancer mesothelioma as a result of asbestos exposure. Several decades previously in the late 1960s to the late 1970s, he had worked as a demolition worker in a rubber factory in the Lancashire region where his work involved breaking apart cement roofs composed of asbestos.

In the course of his work he was subjected to significant quantities of the harmful substance, which was banned in 1999, as his employer had failed to adequately ventilate the areas he worked in or to provide protective respirators.

With less than a year to live, we pursued his claim against two defendants, the first of which alleged that he had been seconded for a period of time to the second defendant, something that our client did not recall.

We successfully won the claim and secured £145,000 for him and his family.

Around 2,500 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year in the UK and the disease can take between 20 – 60 years to develop post exposure. Asbestos exposure is predominantly the cause of the illness.

Mesothelioma can sadly develop even in cases where asbestos exposure was over a short period of time or if the level of exposure was limited.

Experts believe that by 2050, as many as 90,000 people will die as a result of mesothelioma. If you, or someone you know, may have worked in an environment where there was a risk of significant asbestos exposure, it’s important to recognise the symptoms as soon as possible and to seek medical advice.

Some of the characteristic symptoms of mesothelioma can include:

• Chest / lower back pain
• Persistent cough
• Shortness of breath
• Unexplained weight loss

The NHS provides some further advice here.

Our team of occupational disease specialists have extensive experience in these matters and understand the upset an asbestos related diagnosis can cause both to the individual affected, and their families. Contact a member of our team for sensitive and confidential advice.

You can speak to a member of our team on 0161 835 8832. Alternatively, please email a summary of your potential claim and contact details to

Find out more about our Occupational Disease department

Written by Jon Andrews. Find out more about Jon here. 

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