Roger Mollinson, 66, underwent tests and a biopsy after suffering from breathing difficulties. He received a diagnosis of terminal lung cancer and was told he had nine months to live after the tests showed he had contracted mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos.
Mr Mollinson, who worked as a hospital porter but had been previously employed as an insulation engineer, quit his job and began three years of gruelling chemotherapy. Almost three years after he received his diagnosis at Ninewells Hospital, he found out he did not have cancer and was instead suffering from another asbestos-related illness that was not life threatening.
Mr Mollinson has suffered for 3 years from the side-effects of chemotherapy and the emotions which go along with believing he did not have much longer to live; his family have also suffered. In fact, he didn’t receive the correct diagnosis until he prepared to claim compensation from his former employers, who sent him for a second round of tests.
2,000 men in the UK die from mesothelioma every year and those diagnosed normally live for 6 to 18 months.
Claiming workplace accident compensation
If you have contracted an illness or serious condition after working in a hazardous environment, you may be entitled to claim for compensation; those working with asbestos or hazardous chemicals are most at risk. Your employer should provide you with the necessary health and safety training and protective equipment to keep you safe as well as ensuring you are aware of the risks – if they are negligent and this does not happen, you could make a claim. You’ll need to work with a personal injury lawyer to gather evidence that proves employer negligence in order for your claim to be successful.
Call Accident Advice Helpline today and we can answer any questions you have about the claims process. Most personal injury claims are settled out of court, and because all our lawyers work on a 100% no win, no fee* basis, you don’t even need to worry about paying upfront fees. If you’re keen to see how much compensation you could be eligible for, why not take the 30-second test on our website? Then call us and we will discuss the circumstances surrounding your claim in more detail. We’ll usually be able to tell you straight away if you have a viable claim, so pick up the phone and call our freephone helpline today on 0800 689 0500.
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown