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Mesothelioma Injury Claim

You may be entitled to make a mesothelioma injury claim, or a claim for any other asbestos-related illnesses, if your exposure to asbestos was due to the negligence of somebody who owed you a duty of care. Claims for mesothelioma injury compensation are frequently made many years after the exposure to asbestos has occurred and, in many cases, by surviving partners or children when the mesothelioma injury has proved to be fatal. Despite the length of time it takes for mesothelioma to develop, you may only have two years from the date of diagnosis in order to make a mesothelioma injury claim. Therefore it is in your best interests to speak with a personal injury solicitor at the earliest possible opportunity.

Former Miner to Receive Compensation for Mesothelioma Claim

A former miner, who was exposed to asbestos while working in Nottinghamshire collieries, is to receive 73,890 pounds (87,000 Euros) after his compensation for mesothelioma claim was resolved in London´s High Court. The personal injury settlement was made to Dennis Ball (92) from Beeston in Nottingham, after the court heard that the Department of Energy and Climate Change – the government department now responsible for managing the affairs of the National Coal Board – had admitted liability for Dennis´ illness and the asbestos related compensation claim was being presented for the assessment of damages. Mrs Justice Swift heard that Dennis had been a fiercely independent man prior to having been found struggling for air on the floor of his flat by his step-son in March 2010. Dennis had been moved into a care home, where he had been diagnosed as suffering from mesothelioma cancer, but such was his desire to live independently, Dennis was still paying the rent of his Beeston home. The judge also heard that Dennis´ illness had been contracted during an eighteen year period between 1967 and 1985 when he worked at the Sutton Colliery and the Moorgreen Colliery with no warning of the risks of working in an environment that contained asbestos, and without personal protective equipment to prevent exposure to the deadly fibres. Mrs Justice Swift awarded Dennis 73,890 pounds in respect of his compensation for mesothelioma claim; commenting that “Mr Ball’s age means that he does not have the distress of knowing that many years, even decades, of his life have been denied him. Importantly, however, the onset of illness forced him to leave his home and thus to lose his independence.”

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Work-related Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer leads to €13m payout

A Californian man, who contracted Work-related Asbestos Mesothelioma Cancer after working with brake linings that contained asbestos, has been awarded almost €13m in a compensation package in a court hearing. Gordon Bankhead (66), worked at the Sea-Land Shipping Company – also of Oakland, California – for more than 30 years. During this period, his duties included inspecting the brakes on heavy duty vehicles, and grinding, blowing out and fitting new brakes where necessary. It was his exposure to the asbestos in these brake components, which lead to Gordon being diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in March 2010. In the case against his former employers, evidence was shown to the jury that the Sea-Land Shipping Company was fully aware that asbestos was present in the linings of the brakes, but failed to provide warnings to its customers and employees. The jury subsequently awarded Gordon and his family a overall settlement package of €13m to compensate him for his economic loss, pain and suffering and punitive damages.

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