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Work Disease News July to December 2010
Thompsons Solicitors have a long history of fighting for the rights of injured workers and have gained a vast amount of experience of dealing with personal injury claims for victims of industrial disease, including occupational deafness, HAVS, dermatitis, asbestos-related diseases and other respiratory diseases. We regularly publish news stories about Industrial Illness 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 Work Disease News page.
16th December 2010MG Rover - Powertrain Group LitigationFollowing a 7 year legal battle, 79 claimants who brought claims for compensation following the largest known outbreak of occupational lung disease have settled their claims in an out of court settlement.
17th November 2010Rolls Royce employee compensated for dermatitisRolls Royce has agreed to pay £5,500 compensation to an employee who developed painful dermatitis after he was exposed to a corrosive coolant at work.
1st November 2010Unite to take asbestos victims’ fight to Supreme CourtUnite the Union has today confirmed it will go to the Supreme Court to challenge a Court of Appeal ruling that threatens to deprive thousands of asbestos cancer victims and their families of their rightful compensation
25th October 2010CE Electric UK compensates employee for hand arm vibration syndromeElectricity network operator CE Electric UK has agreed to pay an employee £8750 compensation after he developed hand arm vibration syndrome as a result of his work.
12th October 2010Sheet metal worker compensated for vibration white fingerA Sheffield sheet metal worker who developed vibration white finger as a result of his employer’s negligence has received £7000 compensation.
8th October 2010Asbestos victims face compensation uncertaintyA Court of Appeal decision today leaves dying people and their families unsure whether they will be entitled to compensation after insurance companies were partly successful in a test case about who picks up the bill in claims for the fatal asbestos illness, mesothelioma
5th October 2010Compensation for Deafened Sheet Metal WorkerEight years of hammering out and spot welding insulation blankets for aeroplane jet engines, without ear protection, has left sheet metal worker, Mr S, 40, needing hearing aids.
28th September 2010Cancer victim calls on former workmates to come forward over asbestos exposure at Inland RevenueA former civil servant is considering taking legal action against Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs, formerly Inland Revenue, after she developed the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma.
24th September 2010Leicester City Council compensates asbestos victim’s widowLeicester City Council has agreed to pay substantial compensation to the widow of a former employee who died as a result of his exposure to asbestos while working for the Council.
20th September 2010Pleural Plaques Compensation SchemeA support group for victims of asbestos and their families in the North East is urging people not to become victims of law firms trying to take a cut of their compensation.
10th September 2010‘He was my life’, says Widow whose Husband died from Asbestos CancerA Bedford widow, who described her husband as her soul mate, received £300,000 compensation after he died, aged 67, in May 2009 from mesothelioma – an incurable cancer caused by asbestos.
7th September 2010Factory worker compensated £3000 for repetitive strain injuryA factory worker who developed a repetitive strain injury after his employer failed to put proper risk assessment and work rotation in place has been awarded £3000 compensation for his injuries.
6th September 2010Widow of asbestos victim receives six figure compensationThe widow of a Swindon man, Mr J, who died, aged only 65, from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma has received six figure compensation from his former employer.
18th August 2010Working at Baltic Flour Mill killed our dad, say devastated daughtersThe daughters of a man who died from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma after being exposed to the deadly dust when he worked at Rank Hovis say they cannot look at the old Baltic Flour Mill – now the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art – without thinking of how working there killed their father.
17th August 2010Widow receives compensation for husband’s asbestos deathThe widow of a Somerset man who died, aged only 68, from the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma, after being exposed to the deadly dust when he worked for the Central Electrical Generating Board at the former Portishead power stations, has received substantial six figure compensation
11th August 2010Process worker compensated for permanent hearing lossA process worker has won £15,000 compensation for his employer’s failure to protect him from excessive exposure to noise, causing him to develop permanent hearing loss and require the use of hearing aids.
30th July 2010Army Cadet Major compensated by Erewash Council for asbestos diseaseA former Major in the Derbyshire Army Cadet Force has received substantial compensation after developing the incurable asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma through his employment with Erewash Borough Council
13th July 2010Prefab demolition led to fatal asbestos cancerA man who developed the asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma after being exposed to the deadly dust while demolishing prefabricated houses has received compensation from his former employer only weeks before his death from the disease.
8th July 2010Mesothelioma sufferer’s search for information on exposureA cancer sufferer is calling for his former workmates to come forward with information about his exposure to asbestos after he was diagnosed with a fatal lung disease mesothelioma.