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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Health and Safety News

    Former council worker awarded compensation after contracting cancer

    By David Brown on May 11, 2015

    Former council worker awarded compensation after contracting cancer

    An unnamed carpenter who previously worked for Hyndburn Council has been awarded a substantial cash payout for contracting cancer related to workplace activities. The worker developed mesothelioma, a cancer related to asbestos exposure, and successfully won a payout of £10,605 from the authority. Information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act has shown that various claims have been made relating to asbestos exposure, but the local authority states that these claims are due to workers from the 50s to the 70s who were exposed when asbestos was predominantly in use. Hyndburn Council also states that asbestos will now have been safely removed from public buildings and housing, or will have a statement saying that asbestos must be removed by a qualified company.

    Many former maintenance workers have claimed due to their exposure to the substance, and the number of people diagnosed with mesothelioma is expected to rise over the next few years due to potential exposure in the 70s. Council leader Miles Parkinson has stated that it is unfortunate and that people did believe it was a safe substance to use during the industrial era. Mesothelioma can take decades to develop, which means that local authority workers may not be aware of their exposure until years later. It was often used as pipe insulation, in ceiling tiles and in sprayed coatings, until it was retracted from widespread use.

    Mesothelioma and asbestos-related illness

    Asbestosis and mesothelioma can develop many years after initial exposure to the substance, but are debilitating illnesses which are often untreatable. Exposure was predominant during the industrial revolution due to the use of asbestos as an insulation material. Many local authority workers have made compensation claims for previous exposure to the substance and their emerging illnesses because of that exposure. You could also make a compensation claim for contracting cancer with the help and support of our team here at Accident Advice Helpline.

    What we can do to help

    Our team at Accident Advice Helpline can offer you no-obligation, sympathetic advice if you are seeking compensation for contracting cancer. If you were exposed to asbestos and are now suffering from an illness, you can also ask a friend or family member to claim on your behalf. We offer our clients legal representation from our in-house team of solicitors, as well as a no win no fee service when you claim with us. Give us a call free on 0800 689 0500 to discuss your claim today.

    Source: Lancashire Telegraph 

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