An inquest has revealed that a worker from Cornwall died because of exposure to asbestos 50 years ago.
The man, originally from Liverpool, died in the Royal Cornwall Hospital in March this year, aged 69.
The man’s death followed a rapid deterioration in 2012 and an ultimate diagnosis of mesothelioma. He was admitted to hospital in March but died three days later. He had moved to Cornwall only a short time before his death to be closer to his family.
The coroner dealing with the inquest confirmed that the man has worked with asbestos 50 years ago when he was employed in several different tradesmen roles including an asbestos sheet fixer.
The coroner also verified that the man had died of an industrial disease.
There are many kinds of jobs and trades which leave workers vulnerable to asbestos exposure. More so, several decades ago when there was increased use of this deadly industrial material.
It can take years and often decades before the symptoms of an asbestos-related disease begin to form. Breathing difficulties and respiratory problems can often be early warning signs of work-related lung cancer, asbestosis or mesothelioma.
Employers have a duty of care to protect employees from all dangers in the workplace. Failure to do so can result in an injury to you and can mean they have been in breach of health and safety laws.
If you were exposed to asbestos in the workplace then it could be that your employer is liable for your injuries.
If you or a loved one are suffering from a disease possibly caused by asbestos then it is recommended you speak to a personal injury lawyer who specialises in industrial disease compensation.
It is still possible to make a claim even if you think your former employer has ceased trading or if you think your exposure was too long ago.
Please contact our helpful and supportive team at Jefferies Solicitors on 0800 342 3206 or complete one of our online claim forms. Our no win no fee* solicitors can help you find out more about how to begin the claims process and you can tell us in more detail about your case.
If you have suffered as a result of an accident that wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to make a personal injury claim for compensation.
Contact Jefferies’ no win, no fee solicitors on our national accident helpline above or complete our quick online enquiry form. One of our team of experienced specialists will get in touch to discuss your prospect of claiming for accidents or injuries, in confidence.
Published 13th February 2015.