A Didcot man who has developed asbestosis, has won an out of court settlement against his former employers and won the right to make further claims should his condition deteriorate.
Barry Jones, age 70 of Hayden Road, Didcot worked for L.R. Burrows, an insulation engineering company, now based at Landport Road, Wolverhampton. He joined the company in 1956 and left after three years. He rejoined the business in 1965 but left a year later.
Mr Jones was awarded provisional damages of £30k with the right to take further legal action should his asbestosis develop into a more serious illness, such as lung cancer.
His solicitor, Brigitte Chandler, a leading expert in industrial disease, at Wantage law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall and who has represented many hundreds of workers exposed to asbestos over the last 30 years, says Mr Jones was extensively exposed to asbestos during his time at the engineering firm.
“He had to mix up materials and big asbestos sacks would be delivered regularly,” she says. “He had to pour asbestos into a drum and mix it with water. It would then be spread by hand over the boiler, like plaster.
“Mr Jones worked at a number of different companies in Wolverhampton doing this insulating work on behalf of L.R.Burrows, including Goodyear, Lamp Black and Midlands Tar Distilleries.”
Mr Jones began to develop chest pains a few years ago and was diagnosed with asbestosis at the Churchill Hospital, Oxford.
“Unfortunately a large amount of asbestos was imported into this country in the 1960s and 70s and as a result, the number of people developing asbestos related illnesses is increasing constantly with numbers due to peak in the next ten to fifteen years,” says Brigitte Chandler.
“It can take up to 60 years following exposure to asbestos for an illness to develop. Anyone who is concerned about being exposed to asbestos and developing a respiratory illness should seek medical and legal advice and consider bringing a claim against their employer.”
Please contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793 511055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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