A worker for British Rail has died after contracting Mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos whilst working for the company, reports compensation claims management company, Accident Advice Helpline.
A former British Rail worker has died aged 71 of an industrial disease, reports the Derby Telegraph following an inquest into his death.
The postal worker, a resident of Littleover, used to work in Crewe where British Rail built and serviced their engines. Having only worked there from 1958 until 1964, the victim thought little of the job after he moved to Derby to undertake clerical work for the rest of his working life.
However, after feeling unwell in recent years, he was finally diagnosed with Mesothelioma last year, and died just a year later in May 2012.
Mesothelioma is an incurable form of lung cancer which is usually caused by fibres from asbestos lodging in the lungs, where cancers form slowly over several decades. After being diagnosed the victim discovered that the work he did in Crewe involved asbestos being used to insulate the locomotives, and as the dangers were unknown at the time, there was no protection such as masks or suits provided for the workers.
The victim sought industrial work injury compensation from British Rail soon after he was diagnosed.
UK accident claim company, Accident Advice Helpline, specialise in Mesothelioma claims and offer this advice to anyone who thinks they might have been exposed.
“Mesothelioma is a terrible illness with a long latent period. Even if you were exposed some 50 years ago, as this particular victim was, it could still come back to haunt you in later life. Any exposure should be investigated and regular checks should be made by the appropriate medical professionals.
“Anyone who has been diagnosed with Mesothelioma whilst at work has a right to seek compensation from their employer. This situation is about far more than just filling in an accident at work claim form, and specialist solicitors should be used who understand the situation and the amount of compensation you should be aiming for.
“Even if you are looking to make some other sort of accident at work claim form filling in and chasing about will all be handled by your personal injury claim company or solicitor, so people really have nothing to lose by getting in touch to see if they are entitled.”
Accident Advice Helpline offer specialist advice for anyone who has been injured in an accident that wasn’t their fault. Victims can get their accident at work claim form filled out by calling the company’s freephone 24 hour advice line.
Source: Asbestos Victim Advice