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Asbestos Disease News July to December 2006

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.


21st December 2006

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (Nice) has dismissed an appeal on mesothelioma drug Alimta

Nice released its decision on Alimta on Tuesday 19 December 2006, just a week after it said it would not announce its position on the drug until the New Year.


15th December 2006

British Rail forced to pay compensation as two former employees die from asbestos cancer mesothelioma

Trade unions, asbestos support groups and their lawyers are predicting an increase in the number of retired railway workers killed or made ill from asbestos exposure at former British Rail depots.


29th November 2006

End insurer windfall in mesothelioma claims

Insurers should repay to the State the money insurers deduct from mesothelioma victims' compensation payments, says leading claimant law firm Thompsons.


29th November 2006

Cadbury is sued following former employee’s death from asbestos cancer mesothelioma

Cadbury Limited has been successfully sued following the death of a former Bristol employee from the deadly asbestos cancer mesothelioma.


28th November 2006

Teeside asbestos widow has been awarded full compensation for her husband's death

The Royal Courts of Justice ruled Mrs Cater should be awarded more than £103,000 in compensation after Ronald died of mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos in his workplace.


23rd November 2006

James Bond filmset at heart of asbestos compensation case

Family of Feltham man who died of asbestos cancer to claim for £150,000 compensation


20th November 2006

Ford and the MoD forced to pay compensation as former London plumber dies from asbestos cancer mesothelioma

Lawyers acting for a man from Eltham, London, who worked as a plumber for Ford and the Ministry of Defence and died of the asbestos cancer mesothelioma, have secured over £50,000 in compensation.


17th November 2006

Widow in desperate attempt to track down witnesses who worked at Brush following husband’s death from mesothelioma

Lawyers acting for the widow of a former fitter at Brush in Loughborough are in a desperate attempt to trace his former co-workers following his tragic death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma in April 2005.


13th November 2006

Stratford widow in desperate bid to trace co-workers following husband’s tragic death from asbestos cancer

Lawyers acting for a lorry driver from Stratford who died a tragic and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma are working alongside his widow in a desperate attempt to trace the insurers and secure the compensation the family deserves.


10th November 2006

Insurers make widow wait as they squabble over payouts

A Liverpool widow who watched her hard-working husband die a tragic and painful death after being negligently exposed to asbestos is now suffering at the hands of two insurance companies as they squabble over how much compensation each should pay.


9th November 2006

Ford to pay over £100,000 compensation to former employee now dying from asbestos cancer

Lawyers acting for a man who worked for Ford Motor Company for over three decades and is now dying from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma have secured over £100,000 compensation.


8th November 2006

Deadly asbestos cancer finds new younger victims

A 45 year old woman is dying from mesothelioma following exposure to her grandfather’s work clothing


31st October 2006

Government acts with “compassion” on asbestos victims

Asbestos sufferers and their lawyers have welcomed the government’s announcement that it will not be reclaiming compensation from Turner and Newall claimants.


20th October 2006

Debate over whether asbestos bill should be paid in full

Concerns over a £70m bill being paid to the administrators and their lawyers who negotiated a compensation deal for asbestos victims have been raised in Parliament.


17th October 2006

Asbestos victims and their families lobby Parliament for funding of Alimta for mesothelioma treatment

Asbestos victims and their families – including many GMB members – will lobby Parliament today for funding of the drug Alimta for the treatment of mesothelioma.


16th October 2006

Appeal to the Law Lords to reinstate compensation for pleural plaques sufferers

An appeal to the Law Lords to reinstate compensation for sufferers of asbestos related condition pleural plaques has been set for summer 2007.


12th October 2006

Former Yorkshire Water employee and GMB member secures £30,000 following asbestos exposure

A former Yorkshire Water employee and GMB member has secured £30,000 in compensation following asbestos exposure.


12th October 2006

MPs show support for continued access to life extending cancer drug

Members of Parliament from across the UK have shown support for a campaign by North East MP Fraser Kemp for continued access to a life-extending cancer drug for mesothelioma sufferers.


11th October 2006

Five year freeze on asbestos compensation lifted

A five year freeze on thousands of compensation claims for asbestos victims throughout the UK has been lifted today (11 October 2006).


6th October 2006

Compensation Act helps North West widow secure full compensation following husband’s death from mesothelioma

The widow of a Cheshire man who died of the asbestos cancer mesothelioma has expressed her gratitude to those who fought so hard to persuade the Government to amend the Compensation Bill which reversed the effect of the House of Lords ruling in the asbestos compensation appeal case of Barker.


29th September 2006

Law firm raises concerns over asbestos admin and legal fees

Thompsons Solicitors has raised concerns over a £70m bill being paid to the administrators and their lawyers in connection with a compensation deal for asbestos victims across Great Britain.


28th September 2006

Funds raised for research into Mesothelioma

A woman has raised more than £2,000 for research into a devastating disease, which killed her dad.


20th September 2006

Derbyshire widow in desperate attempt to track insurers of local factory following husband’s death from asbestos

Lawyers acting for the widow of a former joiner in Burton are in a desperate attempt to trace his former co-workers following his tragic death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma.


20th September 2006

Insurers of local Foundry sought by Asbestos Victim

Lawyers acting for a former toolmaker in Surrey who is now suffering from a work induced asbestos condition are in a desperate attempt to trace his former co-workers.


12th September 2006

Fair compensation for asbestos victims

Medway Trades Council has teamed up with union solicitors Thompsons and law firm Rowley Ashworth to step up the fight for compensation for all mesothelioma sufferers.


8th September 2006

Turner & Newall claimants vote for asbestos scheme

It has been confirmed that asbestos victims have voted to accept the asbestos scheme proposed by the administrators of Turner and Newall.


5th September 2006

Asbestos victims in final wait for compensation outcome

The votes of thousands of asbestos victims across the country will be counted on 7 September, to decide the fate of their long awaited compensation claims.


28th August 2006

Commons campaign for mesothelioma drug, Alimta

A campaign to gain access to a cancer drug for scores of mesothelioma sufferers in the UK has been taken to the Secretary of State for Health, Patricia Hewitt.


18th August 2006

Fundraising event for National Macmillan Mesothelioma Resource Centre

Carol Orton is hoping to raise thousands of pounds for research into the devastating disease, mesothelioma which killed her dad.


18th August 2006

Grandmother lost four members of her family to asbestos related illnesses

A Grandmother who lost four members of her family to devastating asbestos-related diseases will be given the chance this week to vote to receive compensation.


15th August 2006

Tenby family secure over £200,000 compensation for tragic victim of asbestos cancer

Lawyers acting for the family of scaffolder Peter John James of Sageston, Tenby who suffered a premature and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma, have successfully secured over £200,000 against three of his former employers.


15th August 2006

Shipyard worker helped convince Prime Minister to restore right to compensation for mesothelioma victims.

A North East shipyard worker convinced Prime Minister Tony Blair to step in to make sure hundreds of North East asbestos victims received their right to full compensation.


14th August 2006

Hillingdon widow in bid to trace co-workers following husband’s tragic death from asbestos cancer

Lawyers acting for a former Cape Factory maintenance worker who died a tragic and painful death from the asbestos cancer mesothelioma are working alongside his widow in a desperate attempt to trace his co-workers.


20th July 2006

Compensation for Widow after husband died of asbestos-related illness, mesothelioma

A North West widow has received an undisclosed payout in compensation after her husband died from devastating disease mesothelioma.


20th July 2006

Research into drug to extend Mesothelioma sufferers’ lives funded by North East Research Fund

Important research into life extending cancer drug, Alimta could deliver its first results within the next two years.


19th July 2006

Compensation for Mesothelioma Restored

Thompsons Solicitors has welcomed news that mesothelioma victims will have their right to full compensation restored.


13th July 2006

Compensation for victims of asbestos

Thousands of North East asbestos victims will be given the opportunity to vote on long awaited compensation pay outs this September.


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