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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 2008

A 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 2008

The family of a former UNISON member has received more than £140,000 in compensation following his death from mesothelioma

Jim, 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 2008

Almost £2 million in compensation has been recovered from a defunct asbestos company and paid to asbestos victims and their families

Thompsons 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 2008

Urgent appeal for Richard Bourne Porch to contact Thompsons Solicitors

Thompsons 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 2008

Pleural Plaques Debate

A Government consultation into a House of Lords ruling on asbestos-related condition pleural plaques will begin this month.


2nd June 2008

Unite backs High Court test case on behalf of thousands of asbestos victims

Unite 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 2008

Compensation recovered from EON Plc after worker exposed to asbestos

Lionel Waldridge, 78, from Ipswich, was awarded the damages after he was diagnosed with fatal cancer of the lining of the lung, mesothelioma


16th May 2008

Widow of a Unite member has received over £115,000 in compensation

The widow of a Unite member has received over £115,000 in compensation after her husband died from asbestos related disease mesothelioma.


15th May 2008

Widow's seven year wait for compensation for her husband’s death has finally come to an end

A 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 2008

Widow receives compensation after her husband died of asbestos-related disease mesothelioma

A Widow has received £115,000 in compensation after her husband died of asbestos-related disease mesothelioma


13th May 2008

Appeal for former employees of Dunston power station

The 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 2008

The family of a former Turner and Newall employee has received compensation after their sister died from asbestosis

The 83-year-old from Cheshire developed the disease after working at T&N’s Widnes factory for 40 years


7th May 2008

Grandfather, exposed to asbestos has been compensated by his former employers

Thomas 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 2008

Widow from Mold secures compensation after husband died from mesothelioma

The widow of a Unite member has secured £120,000 in compensation after her husband died from asbestos related disease, mesothelioma.


15th April 2008

Former shipyard worker from Liverpool is awarded compensation

Peter 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 2008

Office 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 2008

British Rail worker exposed to asbestos is awarded compensation

The divorcee, who has no children, was exposed to asbestos while working as a fireman, boiler cleaner and train driver


2nd April 2008

Lung Cancer Victim awarded Compensation

A man who developed lung cancer after being exposed to asbestos in the workplace has been compensated by his former employers


27th March 2008

MPs have vowed to help a group of mesothelioma sufferers and their families fight for fairer compensation for bereavement

MPs 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 2008

A Yorkshire widow has won damages after her husband died from a devastating lung cancer caused by exposure to asbestos

Sylvia 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 2008

Family of seamstress who died from mesothelioma appeal for information

The family of a talented seamstress who died from an asbestos related disease is appealing for information about her former employer’s insurers


7th March 2008

Woman exposed to asbestos while working for a clothes factory when she was a teenager has been awarded more than £135,000 in compensation

Pauline Cade, 65, from Leeds was diagnosed with fatal cancer of the lining of the lung, mesothelioma, in March 2006


29th February 2008

The family of a sheeter who died from asbestos related disease mesothelioma face an agonising wait for compensation for his death

The family have been awarded £70,000 in damages after their dad died from the devastating disease


28th February 2008

Compensation for Grandad who has been diagnosed with mesothelioma

A Grandad of two has won a substantial six figure sum in compensation after he was exposed to asbestos as a teenage apprentice


27th February 2008

New Fund launched to enable families to raise money in the name of a loved one who has been affected by mesothelioma

The 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 2008

Former fitter exposed to asbestos is awarded compensation

The man from St Helens was diagnosed with asbestosis after a CT scan to investigate his increasing breathlessness.


11th February 2008

The family of a woman who died from asbestos related mesothelioma has won a six-year battle for compensation

Martha 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 2008

National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to make chemotherapy drug Alimta available on the NHS

Despite two appeals against its use, the NICE has given all trusts the go-ahead to prescribe the drug.


7th February 2008

Scarborough widow in desperate bid to trace colleagues of tragic victim of asbestos

With 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 2008

Did 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 2008

A widow from Harwich has received a substantial undisclosed payment in compensation after her husband was exposed to asbestos in the workplace

Valerie Tye, 65, was awarded the damages after Bob died from the devastating cancer mesothelioma


1st February 2008

Government 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 2008

Read an update published by Thompsons Solicitors about Landmark Legal Cases on Asbestos Compensation

An update for all concerned with claims and potential claims for asbestos related conditions.


21st January 2008

Compensation for former Welder exposed to asbestos who developed Lung Cancer

A 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 2008

Merseyside man suffering from asbestosis sues 4 former employers for £25,000

A Merseyside man who now suffers from asbestosis has successfully sued four of his six former employers


15th January 2008

Did 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 2008

Justice for families affected by asbestos

A 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 2008

Retired Joiner diagnosed with Asbestosis

A Retired joiner has described how he feels angry at his former employers after he was diagnosed with lung condition asbestosis.


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