WE Solicitors have been successful in securing compensation for a former employee of Hammersmith and Fulham London Borough Council.
Our client, Mr M , started having breathing difficulties around 2012. One evening breathing became so difficult for Mr M that he had to be taken to hospital in an ambulance as it was thought he was suffering with a heart attack.
A CT Scan was carried out following this admittance to hospital and he was told he had asbestos on his lungs. Since 2012 Mr M has attended hospital on a regular basis for CT scans, X-rays and breathing tests.
Our client was employed by the defendants, London Borough of Hammersmith as a Plumber’s Mate. He was employed by them in the early 1970s and it was here where he was exposed to asbestos which ultimately resulted in his diagnosis of asbestos illness known as Bilateral Diffuse Pleural Thickening.
As a Plumber’s Mate Mr M would have carried out various types of jobs which including removing asbestos lagging from pipework so that the Plumber he worked with could repair the pipes. He also removed asbestos lagging from boilers using a hammer, chisel and his bare hands. He describes the dust blowing around his face and recalls that it was very difficult to breathe.
Mr M was never provided with any overalls or face masks by the council. His employers did not advise him of the dangers he was facing working with asbestos.
WE Solicitors commissioned an expert in respiratory medicine to prepare a report on Mr M and his condition which supported the claim.
Proceedings were issued in court and shortly thereafter the defendants agreed to compensate our client with thousands of pounds in compensation.
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