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Asbestos Disease News January to June 2009

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.


22nd June 2009

£250,000 compensation for asbestos widow

The widow of an electrician whose death was caused by exposure to asbestos while rewiring a police station has received £250,000 in compensation.


18th June 2009

Compensation recovered for asbestosis victim

Electrician Ken Morton, 70, from the Wirral was diagnosed with asbestosis with a 2-3% disability in 2006 after retiring from a 45-year career where he was exposed to asbestos on a regular basis.


17th June 2009

Settlement for asbestos lung cancer widow

The widow of a pleural plaques sufferer who went on to die from asbestos related lung cancer has received £91,000 in compensation with help from the trade union Unite.


9th June 2009

Chimney manufacturer compensates asbestos victim

A member of the trade union UNITE who is suffering from asbestos related cancer has received substantial compensation following help from Thompsons Solicitors.


8th June 2009

Bid to trace cancer victim’s co-workers

Did you work with Edward Anglesey in the Wirral, Cheshire or Merseyside area during the 1960's or 1970's?


26th May 2009

MOD settle Devonport asbestos claim

The widow of a Ministry of Defence shipyard worker has received £140,000 in compensation after her husband died of an asbestos related lung cancer.


19th May 2009

Mesothelioma sufferer’s family receives compensation

Thompsons Solicitors has helped the family of a former Unite member, who died of an asbestos-related disease, to recover substantial damages


18th May 2009

Thousands join call for National Centre for Asbestos

A petition with over 24,000 signatures will be handed into 10 Downing Street this week calling on the Government to fund a National Centre for Asbestos Related Disease (NCARD) in the UK


14th May 2009

Hartlepool docker awarded compensation

A man dying from an asbestos related cancer has received substantial compensation following a three day trial in Teesside High Court.


8th May 2009

Successful fight for asbestos compensation

A proud businessman has told of his successful battle for compensation after he was diagnosed with fatal lung cancer, mesothelioma.


7th May 2009

Pleural Plaques announcement delayed again

Pleural plaques sufferers have been told that the long awaited government announcement on compensation will be made before the summer.


29th April 2009

£650,000 damages for mesothelioma widow

Thompsons Solicitors has helped the widow of a businessman, who died of an asbestos-related disease, to recover £650,000 in damages.


27th April 2009

Search for Ascania’s crew

The family of a ship’s fireman who was exposed to asbestos while working on one of Cunard Line’s famous passenger ships is searching for his former work colleagues


23rd April 2009

Thompsons criticise insurers’ judicial review in Scotland

Thompsons Solicitors has criticised a move by some of the UK’s largest insurers to challenge Scottish legislation to provide compensation to people with asbestos pleural plaques.


23rd April 2009

Asbestos victim’s fight for justice

A Teesside asbestos worker who was diagnosed with pleural plaques just nine years ago has been told he has just months to live after developing the fatal asbestos cancer mesothelioma.


14th April 2009

New research reinforces asbestos dangers

Thompsons Solicitors has welcomed new research which reconfirmed all commercial asbestos fibres cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.


8th April 2009

Pleural Plaques announcement due after Easter

Thompsons Solicitors welcomed the Prime Minister’s statement that a decision on pleural plaques will be made when Parliament resumes after the Easter recess


6th April 2009

Settlement for asbestos worker’s lung cancer

The widow of an asbestos factory worker who died from lung cancer has received substantial compensation.


3rd April 2009

Mesothelioma sufferer’s diary highlights care concerns

The family of an asbestos victim have published their dad’s diaries outlining his search for new treatments for the deadly asbestos related disease mesothelioma to help prolong his life.


27th March 2009

Family’s search for information on Yorkshire businesses

The family of a seamstress is trying to find out more about her working conditions after she died from an asbestos-related disease


26th March 2009

Plumber’s search for former colleagues

Terence O'Dowd was exposed to asbestos when working as a plumber and heating engineer for Northern Heating Company, Chas Thompson and Miller Heating Installations, all based in Leeds.


26th March 2009

Plumber’s search for former colleagues


17th March 2009

Family’s search for information on Tower Brewery

Norman Taylor, aged 78, suffered from the debilitating condition asbestosis when he died in November 2005


16th March 2009

Pleural plaques postcode lottery

Thompsons Solicitors is supporting calls for an immediate announcement from the Government on the asbestos related condition pleural plaques following a decision to compensate sufferers in Scotland.


16th March 2009

Five figure compensation for lagger’s asbestos disease

Michael Avery, 66, from Higher Walton in Preston was diagnosed with disabling asbestos related disease pleural thickening in 2006.


12th March 2009

Employers’ liability Bill launched in Parliament

Thompsons Solicitors is calling for asbestos victims and their families across the UK to write to their MPs asking them to support a Private Member’s Bill which, if successful, will make it possible to claim compensation in cases where an employer’s insurer cannot be traced.


11th March 2009

Campaign given backing by MP

Bolton South East MP Dr Brian Iddon has given his backing to a campaign to help asbestos victims and their families obtain compensation


5th March 2009

Confectioner’s search for witnesses

The family of a former confectioner are trying to trace her former colleagues after she died from an asbestos-related disease.


4th March 2009

Mesothelioma sufferer receives £200,000

A Granddad-of-two has obtained £200,000 in compensation after he was diagnosed with a fatal asbestos-related disease


3rd March 2009

Compensation for family of mother exposed to asbestos on work clothes

The family of a woman who died after being exposed to asbestos while washing her husband’s work clothes has received a substantial sum in compensation


23rd February 2009

Silent Victims and heroes honoured during Action Mesothelioma Day

Sufferers of an asbestos related cancer are to be remembered by residents in Stoke, Staffordshire and South Cheshire on Action Mesothelioma Day this month.


16th February 2009

Family’s search for information on J W Roberts Factory

The family of a grandmother are trying to find out more about where she grew up after she died from an asbestos-related disease


13th February 2009

Unite Ensures Asbestos Victims’ Claims Honoured by Government

The Government today took a decision which will benefit hundreds of sufferers of the fatal asbestos cancer, mesothelioma. The people affected were exposed to asbestos by Turner & Newall (T&N) the UK’s largest asbestos company which went into Administration in 2001


13th February 2009

South Shields MP visits Thompsons Offices

South Shields MP David Miliband has visited Thompsons Solicitors’ South Shields office to discuss the campaign to restore compensation to the North East’s pleural plaques sufferers


12th February 2009

Pipefitter’s claim leads to discovery of asbestosis

Arthur Parr, 80, from Liverpool has received a substantial five figure sum in provisional damages after he developed asbestosis caused by exposure to asbestos dust while working as a pipe fitter for five different companies


6th February 2009

UK’s MPs support plaques campaign

MPs from across the UK have put their weight behind a campaign to compensate people diagnosed with pleural plaques.


2nd February 2009

Asbestos compensation secured for shipwright’s family

The family of a former teacher has received £112,000 in compensation after he died from asbestos related cancer mesothelioma.


2nd February 2009

Thompsons' Asbestos News Spring 2009

In this issue: Trigger issue – judgment time, Action Mesothelioma Day – 27th February 2009, National Centre for Asbestos Related Disease (UK NCARD), Recent mesothelioma cases and Fundraising breakfasts.


28th January 2009

Fight for pleural plaques compensation continues

The fight to reinstate compensation for pleural plaques is one of many challenges over the last five years following attempts by the insurance industry to erode the rights of asbestos victims.


27th January 2009

Asbestos death claim brought one day before deadline

UNISON, the UK’s largest public sector union, helped recover £170,000 for the family of Roger Blackman, from Kent, who died from the lung lining cancer, mesothelioma, five weeks after he was diagnosed


26th January 2009

Widower’s search for wife’s work colleagues

Jill Bird, 63, from Luton died in November last year just weeks after she was diagnosed with asbestos related cancer mesothelioma.


23rd January 2009

What is good enough for the motor insurance market is good enough for the workers

Thompsons Solicitors has stepped up its campaign for an Employer’s Liability Insurance Bureau in employers’ liability personal injury cases.


23rd January 2009

Postcode lottery over pleural plaques

Pleural Plaques sufferers exposed to asbestos in Scotland will soon be on the road to claim compensation for their condition


23rd January 2009

Uninsured employers are getting away with murder - Thompsons calls for an insurance fund of last resort

Thompsons is calling on the Government to set up an Employers Liability Insurance Bureau (ELIB) – similar to the Motor Insurance Bureau which compensates the victims of uninsured drivers


22nd January 2009

Unions back pleural plaques campaign

Three of the UK’s largest trade unions have given their backing to a campaign to restore the right to compensation for thousands of workers.


21st January 2009

Widow’s search for husband’s work colleagues

Samuel Catlow died aged 79 in 2006 of the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma.


20th January 2009

Pleural Plaques Campaign is launched

Thompsons Solicitors are supporting a campaign calling on the Government to step in and remedy a House of Lords ruling which ended the decades old right to claim compensation for pleural plaques


15th January 2009

Insurer found in Ward Brothers’ mesothelioma claim

The widow of a former labourer has become the first to receive compensation from a Yorkshire employer’s insurer after her husband died from an asbestos related disease


14th January 2009

Pub landlord compensated for asbestos cancer

Graham Morris, 63, from Audenshaw in Manchester was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March 2008 after he was exposed to asbestos during the 1980s while working at the Ashton Hotel in Ashton Under Lyne for Whitbread Breweries


12th January 2009

Family of Deceased Asbestos Victim win Compensation Claim

The family of a teacher who died from an asbestos-related disease has been awarded £240,000.


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