A Swindon woman has received £145,000 in compensation from British Rail following the death of her husband from asbestos exposure.
Sheila Simpson, of Wroughton, Swindon brought the case after a post-mortem showed her husband, Robin, died from mesothelioma – less than a year after he started to feel unwell.
The settlement was reached out of court with British Rail also agreeing to pay all legal costs.
Mrs Simpson’s solicitor, Brigitte Chandler, a leading industrial disease lawyer and partner with Swindon law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall, who has represented many hundreds of railway workers over the last 30 years, says Mr Simpson’s condition was only diagnosed after his death. She says the case shows how long it can take for asbestos disease to develop.
Mr Simpson joined British Rail at the age of 15 and became a coach builder. He worked in a number of railway shops where he was extensively exposed to asbestos.
“A number of coach builders have died from asbestos exposure at the Swindon railway works,” said Brigitte Chandler. “British Rail is now well aware of the extent of this problem and the fact that so many people who worked there have become ill.
“Mr Simpson would first have been exposed at British Rail in 1950 so it has typically taken 60 years for the disease to develop. The figures are likely to continue rising over the next ten years.”
Swindon and South West Asbestos Group is a regional charity which provides support groups and a free advice service to people suffering from asbestos disease and their families.
For further information contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793-511055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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