Norman Turner, 67, has successfully claimed £100,000 in compensation from his former employer after he was exposed to asbestos in his 20’s. Mr Turner, who worked as a training officer for Courtalds chemical factory, took the job to ensure a better life for himself. The conditions he worked in were filthy and he worked daily in a ‘thick fog’ of asbestos dust.
Mr Turner comments, “Most evenings when I got home from the factory I would have to rinse out my nostrils. But I had no idea how dangerous it was. I remember complaining to the bosses that we need better ventilation to clear out the dust because it was hard to breathe. The dust was everywhere but there were no warnings about the dangers.”
Mr Turner worked at the factory for three years in the late 1960’s before moving on to work as a hospital and then emigrating to Cyprus, where he now lives as an expat. Shortly after moving abroad he was diagnosed with mesothelomia after experiencing difficulty breathing and undergoing an x-ray. Because there is no NHS in Cyprus, Mr Turner is liable to pay all his medical expenses himself – this includes paying for his chemotherapy.
Claiming compensation for asbestos exposure
If you have been left to work in hazardous conditions which have affected your health, you could be eligible to claim compensation. Employers have a duty of care to ensure they provide a safe workplace for their staff and if you have reported issues to them that have not been dealt with, such as faulty equipment or hazardous chemicals in the environment, this could constitute negligence. Where there is evidence of negligence you may be able to claim compensation. Whether you have suffered from an asbestos related illness or industrial deafness, contacting a personal injury lawyer will help you to see whether or not you could make a claim.
Next steps to take
Here at Accident Advice Helpline, we have been dealing with claims for workplace accidents for years, so we have seen it all, from industrial deafness to HAVS and asbestos-related injuries. You can call our freephone helpline 24/7 for confidential advice, and there’s no obligation to proceed with a claim. We believe that you are entitled to compensation for your suffering and we work hard in order to get you the compensation you deserve. Whether you are ready to start the claims process or have some questions, call us today – our service is 100% no win, no fee**!
Source: Liverpool Echo
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown