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Asbestos Disease News January to June 2008
Thompsons has established its reputation as a leading firm of solicitors by aggressively pursuing claims against employers and insurance companies for clients who suffer from asbestos related illnesses. We have teams of specialist solicitors / lawyers based regionally across the country who deal exclusively with personal injury claims involving asbestos exposure and they are experts in their field, dealing with claims for all types of asbestos related diseases including pleural thickening, asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma. We frequently publish news stories about asbestos compensation claims we have dealt with and interesting cases and articles published in the press and you will find links to a selection of these below:Links to press releases for other periods can be found on the main Asbestos Disease News page.
30th June 2008A dedicated team of lawyers who fight for compensation on behalf of people suffering from asbestos related disease have recovered more than £11.6 million for clients in the last 12 months. Thompsons Solicitors', specialist asbestos team, based in Newcastle, has successfully obtained compensation on behalf of asbestos sufferers and their families throughout the region
27th June 2008The family of a former UNISON member has received more than £140,000 in compensation following his death from mesotheliomaJim, who left behind his wife, Tess, four children and four grandchildren, was exposed to asbestos while working for Greater London Council (GLC) and Haringey Council
23rd June 2008Almost £2 million in compensation has been recovered from a defunct asbestos company and paid to asbestos victims and their familiesThompsons Solicitors, which has offices across the UK, including in London, Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester has successfully obtained the damages on behalf of people who were exposed to asbestos by the asbestos manufacturer Turner & Newall (T&N)
20th June 2008Urgent appeal for Richard Bourne Porch to contact Thompsons SolicitorsThompsons are appealing to members of the public to come forward with any information about the insurers of Porch Watt Developments Company or if they can help them contact Richard Bourne Porch.
6th June 2008Pleural Plaques DebateA Government consultation into a House of Lords ruling on asbestos-related condition pleural plaques will begin this month.
2nd June 2008Unite backs High Court test case on behalf of thousands of asbestos victimsUnite the Union is backing a High Court test case next week to protect the legal rights of thousands of vulnerable asbestos victims throughout the UK
20th May 2008Compensation recovered from EON Plc after worker exposed to asbestosLionel Waldridge, 78, from Ipswich, was awarded the damages after he was diagnosed with fatal cancer of the lining of the lung, mesothelioma
16th May 2008Widow of a Unite member has received over £115,000 in compensationThe widow of a Unite member has received over £115,000 in compensation after her husband died from asbestos related disease mesothelioma.
15th May 2008Widow's seven year wait for compensation for her husband’s death has finally come to an endA Widow’s seven year wait for compensation for her husband’s death has finally come to an end after she received a six figure payout from his employers
14th May 2008Widow receives compensation after her husband died of asbestos-related disease mesotheliomaA Widow has received £115,000 in compensation after her husband died of asbestos-related disease mesothelioma
13th May 2008Appeal for former employees of Dunston power stationThe family of a North East woman is appealing for former employees of Dunston power station to get in touch after their mum died from an asbestos related cancer
12th May 2008The family of a former Turner and Newall employee has received compensation after their sister died from asbestosisThe 83-year-old from Cheshire developed the disease after working at T&N’s Widnes factory for 40 years
7th May 2008Grandfather, exposed to asbestos has been compensated by his former employersThomas McMullan, 75, from Lea in Preston will receive a substantial five figure sum in provisional damages after he developed asbestosis caused by exposure to asbestos dust while working as a fitter’s mate for Courtalds at Red Scar Words in Preston
29th April 2008Widow from Mold secures compensation after husband died from mesotheliomaThe widow of a Unite member has secured £120,000 in compensation after her husband died from asbestos related disease, mesothelioma.
15th April 2008Former shipyard worker from Liverpool is awarded compensationPeter Guy from Waterloo in Liverpool developed asbestosis after being exposed to the dangerous dust while working for Harland & Wolf shipyard during the 1960s
15th April 2008Office Worker exposed to asbestos is awarded compensation The granddad of two, who does not wish to be named, has been diagnosed with fatal cancer of the lining of the lungs, mesothelioma
14th April 2008British Rail worker exposed to asbestos is awarded compensationThe divorcee, who has no children, was exposed to asbestos while working as a fireman, boiler cleaner and train driver
2nd April 2008Lung Cancer Victim awarded CompensationA man who developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos in the workplace has been compensated by his former employers
27th March 2008MPs have vowed to help a group of mesothelioma sufferers and their families fight for fairer compensation for bereavementMPs sitting on the All Party Parliamentary Group on Occupational Safety and Health, Sub Committee on Asbestos made the promise after watching a short film with a hard-hitting message calling on the Government to amend the law on asbestos compensation
25th March 2008A Yorkshire widow has won damages after her husband died from a devastating lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestosSylvia Worth, 54, from Sancton in East Riding, Yorkshire was awarded £122,000 in damages after her husband, Harry, was exposed to asbestos while working on shipyards in Tyneside
19th March 2008Family of seamstress who died from mesothelioma appeal for informationThe family of a talented seamstress who died from an asbestos related disease is appealing for information about her former employer’s insurers
7th March 2008Woman exposed to asbestos while working for a clothes factory when she was a teenager has been awarded more than £135,000 in compensationPauline Cade, 65, from Leeds was diagnosed with fatal cancer of the lining of the lung, mesothelioma, in March 2006
29th February 2008The family of a sheeter who died from asbestos related disease mesothelioma face an agonising wait for compensation for his deathThe family have been awarded £70,000 in damages after their dad died from the devastating disease
28th February 2008Compensation for Grandad who has been diagnosed with mesotheliomaA Grandad of two has won a substantial six figure sum in compensation after he was exposed to asbestos as a teenage apprentice
27th February 2008New Fund launched to enable families to raise money in the name of a loved one who has been affected by mesotheliomaThe Mick Knighton Mesothelioma Research Fund’s Snowdrop Fund will allow families across the UK to set up a tribute fund to raise cash for important research into the disease
15th February 2008Former fitter exposed to asbestos is awarded compensationThe man from St Helens was diagnosed with asbestosis after a CT scan to investigate his increasing breathlessness.
11th February 2008The family of a woman who died from asbestos related mesothelioma has won a six-year battle for compensationMartha May Charlson, 64, died in June 2002 from the devastating cancer of the lining of the lung, after she was exposed to asbestos while working for notorious asbestos manufacturers Turner and Newall
8th February 2008National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to make chemotherapy drug Alimta available on the NHSDespite two appeals against its use, the NICE has given all trusts the go-ahead to prescribe the drug.
7th February 2008Scarborough widow in desperate bid to trace colleagues of tragic victim of asbestosWith Mesothelioma Day 2008 coming up on 27 February, lawyers acting for the family of Francis Edmonds of Scarborough, who suffered a premature and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma, are desperate to trace his former work colleagues
6th February 2008Did you work with asbestos in Barking or live there as a child?A Barking and Dagenham based asbestos support Group is calling on former workers and residents from the Barking and Dagenham area to get in touch
4th February 2008A widow from Harwich has received a substantial undisclosed payment in compensation after her husband was exposed to asbestos in the workplaceValerie Tye, 65, was awarded the damages after Bob died from the devastating cancer mesothelioma
1st February 2008Government called to reverse a House of Lords decision which ended the right to compensation for the asbestos related injury pleural plaques.Pleural plaques whilst rarely causing immediate symptoms is a scarring of the lungs and is associated with an increased risk of developing fatal conditions like mesothelioma
22nd January 2008Read an update published by Thompsons Solicitors about Landmark Legal Cases on Asbestos CompensationAn update for all concerned with claims and potential claims for asbestos related conditions.
21st January 2008Compensation for former Welder exposed to asbestos who developed Lung CancerA member of the UK’s largest union, Unite, who was diagnosed with lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos, has won provisional compensation
17th January 2008Merseyside man suffering from asbestosis sues 4 former employers for £25,000A Merseyside man who now suffers from asbestosis has successfully sued four of his six former employers
15th January 2008Did you work at Prudhoe hospital between 1971 and 1979?A North East councillor is appealing for former work colleagues to come forward after she was diagnosed with the deadly cancer mesothelioma.
14th January 2008Justice for families affected by asbestosA group of mesothelioma sufferers and their families have released a short film with a hard-hitting message calling on the Government to amend the law on asbestos compensation.
2nd January 2008Retired Joiner diagnosed with AsbestosisA Retired joiner has described how he feels angry at his former employers after he was diagnosed with lung condition asbestosis.