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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 widowThe 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 2009Compensation recovered for asbestosis victimElectrician 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 2009Settlement for asbestos lung cancer widowThe 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 2009Chimney manufacturer compensates asbestos victimA member of the trade union UNITE who is suffering from asbestos related cancer has received substantial compensation following help from Thompsons Solicitors.
8th June 2009Bid to trace cancer victim’s co-workersDid you work with Edward Anglesey in the Wirral, Cheshire or Merseyside area during the 1960's or 1970's?
26th May 2009MOD settle Devonport asbestos claimThe 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 2009Mesothelioma sufferer’s family receives compensationThompsons Solicitors has helped the family of a former Unite member, who died of an asbestos-related disease, to recover substantial damages
18th May 2009Thousands join call for National Centre for AsbestosA 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 2009Hartlepool docker awarded compensationA man dying from an asbestos related cancer has received substantial compensation following a three day trial in Teesside High Court.
8th May 2009Successful fight for asbestos compensationA proud businessman has told of his successful battle for compensation after he was diagnosed with fatal lung cancer, mesothelioma.
7th May 2009Pleural Plaques announcement delayed againPleural 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 widowThompsons Solicitors has helped the widow of a businessman, who died of an asbestos-related disease, to recover £650,000 in damages.
27th April 2009Search for Ascania’s crewThe 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 2009Thompsons criticise insurers’ judicial review in ScotlandThompsons 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 2009Asbestos victim’s fight for justiceA 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 2009New research reinforces asbestos dangersThompsons Solicitors has welcomed new research which reconfirmed all commercial asbestos fibres cause lung cancer and mesothelioma.
8th April 2009Pleural Plaques announcement due after EasterThompsons 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 2009Settlement for asbestos worker’s lung cancerThe widow of an asbestos factory worker who died from lung cancer has received substantial compensation.
3rd April 2009Mesothelioma sufferer’s diary highlights care concernsThe 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 2009Family’s search for information on Yorkshire businessesThe family of a seamstress is trying to find out more about her working conditions after she died from an asbestos-related disease
26th March 2009Plumber’s search for former colleaguesTerence 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 2009Plumber’s search for former colleagues
17th March 2009Family’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 2009Pleural plaques postcode lotteryThompsons 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 2009Five figure compensation for lagger’s asbestos diseaseMichael Avery, 66, from Higher Walton in Preston was diagnosed with disabling asbestos related disease pleural thickening in 2006.
12th March 2009Employers’ liability Bill launched in ParliamentThompsons 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 2009Campaign given backing by MPBolton South East MP Dr Brian Iddon has given his backing to a campaign to help asbestos victims and their families obtain compensation
5th March 2009Confectioner’s search for witnessesThe family of a former confectioner are trying to trace her former colleagues after she died from an asbestos-related disease.
4th March 2009Mesothelioma sufferer receives £200,000A Granddad-of-two has obtained £200,000 in compensation after he was diagnosed with a fatal asbestos-related disease
3rd March 2009Compensation for family of mother exposed to asbestos on work clothesThe 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 2009Silent Victims and heroes honoured during Action Mesothelioma DaySufferers 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 2009Family’s search for information on J W Roberts FactoryThe 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 2009Unite Ensures Asbestos Victims’ Claims Honoured by GovernmentThe 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 2009South Shields MP visits Thompsons OfficesSouth 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 2009Pipefitter’s claim leads to discovery of asbestosisArthur 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 2009UK’s MPs support plaques campaignMPs from across the UK have put their weight behind a campaign to compensate people diagnosed with pleural plaques.
2nd February 2009Asbestos compensation secured for shipwright’s familyThe family of a former teacher has received £112,000 in compensation after he died from asbestos related cancer mesothelioma.
2nd February 2009Thompsons' 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 2009Fight for pleural plaques compensation continuesThe 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 2009Asbestos death claim brought one day before deadlineUNISON, 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 2009Widower’s search for wife’s work colleaguesJill Bird, 63, from Luton died in November last year just weeks after she was diagnosed with asbestos related cancer mesothelioma.
23rd January 2009What is good enough for the motor insurance market is good enough for the workersThompsons Solicitors has stepped up its campaign for an Employer’s Liability Insurance Bureau in employers’ liability personal injury cases.
23rd January 2009Postcode lottery over pleural plaquesPleural Plaques sufferers exposed to asbestos in Scotland will soon be on the road to claim compensation for their condition
23rd January 2009Uninsured employers are getting away with murder - Thompsons calls for an insurance fund of last resortThompsons 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 2009Unions back pleural plaques campaignThree 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 2009Widow’s search for husband’s work colleaguesSamuel Catlow died aged 79 in 2006 of the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma.
20th January 2009Pleural Plaques Campaign is launchedThompsons 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 2009Insurer found in Ward Brothers’ mesothelioma claimThe 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 2009Pub landlord compensated for asbestos cancerGraham 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 2009Family of Deceased Asbestos Victim win Compensation ClaimThe family of a teacher who died from an asbestos-related disease has been awarded £240,000.