A former BT employee suffering from terminal mesotheolioma has won a compensation claim for £115,000. The man, who worked for BT during the early 1990’s, now only has months left to live. Although Camps Solicitors did not represent the man, his case has been reported in the national press and again highlights the issues faced by people who have been exposed to asbestos fibres whilst at work and who wish to claim compensation for their pain and suffering.
In this case, the man in question had been working in a formerly secret cold-war era bunker in Wiltshire, which had been designed as a refuge to be used in the event of a nuclear attack. He had been working to install new telephone lines within the bunkers and it was there that he apparently came into contact with the asbestos fibres that would, years later, cause his illness. In making a payout to its former employee, BT released a statement to the press which read:
“For the purpose of this case BT has agreed to make a compensation payment to (the ex-employee) in respect of his mesothelioma. The agreement has not been specific to any part of his employment. BT does not admit there was any exposure in the 1990’s in Corsham.”
Claiming compensation for asbestos injuries at work
Asbestos related diseases affect thousands of people in the UK. Every year hundreds of former industrial and construction workers or other people who came into contact with asbestos are diagnosed with one or more of the four main asbestos related diseases. These four main diseases are asbestosis, mesothelioma, asbestos-related lung cancer and diffuse pleural thickening. More information about all four together with statistics relating to the number of cases reported each year can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.
If you’ve been diagnosed with an asbestos related disease, making an injury compensation claim against your employer or the organisation responsible for your exposure is probably not going to be your first concern. However an asbestos injury compensation claim can help towards the costs of any care you might need now or in the future, as well as providing some financial stability for your family during what is likely to be a very difficult time.
Making a claim through an independent solicitor, especially one with experience of personal injury claims and asbestos injuries is a lot more straightforward than you might think. Your solicitor and his or her team of support staff will work on your behalf to ensure you get a compensation award that reflects the impact an asbestos related disease can have on your life, whilst also making provision for any future costs you might face.