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Family of Swindon Railway Worker Win Asbestos Compensation Claim

British Rail has paid £55,000 in compensation to the family of a former Swindon railway worker who died three years ago from asbestos related cancer.

Brigitte Chandler

Brigitte Chandler

Dennis Cove, of Ponting Street, Swindon worked for British Rail for 47 years as a wagon builder and for much of that period was continuously exposed to asbestos.

He retired in 1986 and in the late 1990s started becoming short of breath. However, it wasn’t until 2010, shortly before his death, aged 87, that his condition was identified as lung cancer, caused by asbestos dust.

His 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 it was difficult to explain why Mr Cove’s illness remained undiagnosed for so long.

“Mr Cove suffered from breathlessness for many years and had to walk with a stick and use inhalers,” she said. “The Coroner decided his cause of death was industrial. It is sad he had to suffer for so many years.”

Mr Cove initially did an apprenticeship and returned to British Rail after National Service. Part of his job involved the removal of furnishings in wagons when they came in for repair. All the coaches were lined with blue asbestos so when Mr Cove removed seats, flooring and paneling the asbestos dust would fall on his hands.

The 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.

They now offer home visits to sufferers in the Swindon area to advise on benefits available.

For further information contact Swindon and South West Asbestos Group, telephone 01793 532995 e-mail: info@asbestosgroup.co.uk or visit www.asbestosgroup.co.uk

You can contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793-511055 or brigitte.chandler@clmlaw.co.uk

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