A Gloucester man has received £50,000 in damages and a court order which will leave the door open for him to make future financial claims should his health deteriorate as a result of asbestos exposure.
Harold White of Matson, Gloucester obtained the damages against his former employers, British Rail, now under the control of the Secretary of State for Transport.
The family’s solicitor, Brigitte Chandler of Swindon law firm, Charles Lucas & Marshall and one of the UK’s leading experts in asbestos litigation, said it was important in cases where people developed asbestosis to apply for provisional damages with the right to return to court to seek further legal redress.
“Mr White started feeling unwell in 2012 and was advised that his illness was caused by his exposure to asbestos at British Rail,” said Brigitte Chandler. “He now has the right to return to claim further damages should he develop cancer or other illnesses caused by asbestos. He was in good health until he started to develop breathlessness.”
Mr White worked for British Rail between 1942-49. During the course of his employment he had to cycle around the Swindon works, delivering post to the various shops, where there was extensive asbestos. At the age of 15 he started an apprenticeship where he worked on locomotives which had asbestos bandages over the pipes to stop people burning themselves. Asbestos was mixed in drums and then slapped on like paste over boilers.
“This case shows how long it can take for asbestos related illnesses to develop,” said Brigitte Chandler. “Anybody who is suffering from breathlessness and has been exposed to asbestos should seek advice from their GP.”
For further information contact Brigitte Chandler on 01793 511055 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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