A Newbury widow has secured a six figure compensation pay-out after her husband died from an asbestos related cancer after working at a paper mill near Thatcham.
Michael Bartholomew of Link Road, Newbury, died in December 2009, aged 71 after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer, four months earlier.
His wife, Mary, advised by Brigitte Chandler an industrial disease specialist with Berkshire law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall, brought the claim against her husband’s former employer, SCA Euroliner Ltd.
Mr Bartholomew worked for Reed Board Mills at Colthrop Board and Paper Mill twice, first between 1953-57 and again from 1960 – 65. There were pipes running around the factory covered with asbestos and repair work was regularly done during the day. No warnings were given when the repair work was being done and no protective clothing was provided.
“Mr Bartholomew worked only a few feet away from where the work was carried out,” says Brigitte Chandler who has successfully brought hundreds of asbestos cases on behalf of victims and their families.
“Sometimes they would put the asbestos on a conveyor belt and it would be sent along with other materials. Even the men who did the repair work were not given protective clothing.”
SCA Euroliner Ltd settled the case two days before it was due to come to court. Initially they had tried to defend liability but Mrs Bartholomew obtained a judgement in the High Court in February of this year and the court was due to meet to assess damages.
“Sadly, the number of people dying from mesothelioma continues to increase due to the widespread use of asbestos in the 1950s, 60s and 70s,” says Brigitte Chandler. “Many people who worked in factories where asbestos was used are now suffering, and also people who worked in the building industry.”
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 Brigitte Chandler on 01793-511055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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