Last Updated on 16th September 2019 by Kirsty Smithson
A man diagnosed with mesothelioma has been granted mesothelioma compensation after he instructed specialist lawyers to investigate his case.
After leaving school, the man started work as an apprentice and then became a telecoms Engineer in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s for a company called Sterdy Telephones.
He says that he was exposed to asbestos dust while working for the company.
His job would involve laying cables in the telephone exchanges and these cables would contain asbestos insulation.
The cables had to be trimmed, stripped and cut to size, resulting in asbestos dust going all over him and his clothing.
To install the wiring, he had to drill holes into insulation panels.
Again, these also contained asbestos, and so drilling into them would create dust.
The cables then had to be pulled through the holes that had been created, thus creating even more dust.
Another part of his job involved moving fire breakers (cloth bags filled with asbestos).
As the bags were dragged along the floor, dust would escape from them and then pool on the floor, meaning people would walk through it and spread it across the building.
Boyes Turner were instructed to carry out an investigation into the former telecoms company.
Sterdy Telephones ceased trading many years ago and the lawyers were not able to trace any employers liability insurance from when the man was employed by them.
Employers liability insurance was not mandatory until 1972.
In cases where employers insurance details can’t be found, the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme exists to compensate mesothelioma victims who were exposed to asbestos in the workplace.
The lawyers applied for mesothelioma compensation via the Diffuse Mesothelioma Payment Scheme on the man’s behalf.
However, the initial application submitted was unsuccessful, reason being that the scheme administrators felt there wasn’t enough evidence to show the man was negligently exposed to asbestos.
So the lawyers approached a former client of theirs who’d also worked in telephone exchanges in the 1960’s and 1970’s.
With the former client’s permission, the lawyers used his statement made in his own claim to enable their current client’s claim for mesothelioma compensation.
Along with this, the lawyers also took another statement from their current client which detailed how he was exposed to asbestos when he worked at Sterdy Telephones.
To further support his case, they gained a statement from an expert engineer that backed up their claim that the man would have definitely been exposed to asbestos when working for Sterdy Telephones.
The case was then reviewed by the payment scheme administrators which resulted in the previous decision being overturned.
The successful result was the man being awarded £179,091 in mesothelioma compensation.
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Published Jul 25, 2018