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Pleural thickening diagnosis more than 40 years after asbestos exposure leads to five figure settlement

Our client worked as a water fitter’s mate for a year when he was 20 years of age. Exposed to significant quantities of asbestos dust during the course of his duties, he received a pleural thickening diagnosis as a result more than 40 years later.

His job at the time involved repairing boilers in public buildings including health centres, schools, libraries and colleges. His tasks included stripping the asbestos lagging off the boilers and re-applying new asbestos by mixing the substance in cement form in a bucket with water.

At no time did his then employer advise him of the potential risks of this nor was he provided with protective equipment to stop him from inhaling the harmful asbestos dust.

Developing pulmonary damage leading to his pleural thickening diagnosis, we also found that his previous employer all these years earlier, had also failed to provide adequate ventilation in the areas he worked in.

Our investigations also found that they had failed to provide equipment to eliminate asbestos dust being spread into the air.

Now 70 years of age, he is at risk of his pleural thickening diagnosis developing into more serious health conditions including mesothelioma, for which there is currently no cure, or asbestos related lung cancer.

We secured a five figure compensation settlement for him from his previous employer’s insurers.

Asbestos exposure can lead to serious illness several decades later. Typical pleural thickening symptoms to be aware of include:

  • progressive breathlessness
  • reduced chest wall movement
  • chest pain
  • general disability from impaired lung function
  • persistent cough

Individuals who do sadly fall ill due to asbestos exposure are entitled to compensation from the employer responsible for exposing them to this health risk – even in circumstances where the original employer has changed hands or even ceased trading.

Linder Myers’ occupational disease specialists have significant experience in these types of claims and are highly ranked in independent legal directory Chambers & Partners offering an empathetic, personal service.

Successfully securing compensation for individuals affected by asbestos exposure, the team are here to help. To see examples of some of our recently concluded cases, click here.

If your health has been significantly impacted by asbestos exposure, Call Us on 0800 042 0700. Alternatively, please email a summary of your potential claim and contact details to

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