Frances Hamilton, a former factory worker from Barry, has died of malignant mesothelioma caused by asbestos exposure in the factory where she used to work. Mrs Hamilton was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a form of cancer caused by asbestos exposure, last year, after she visited her GP complaining of a cough.
After being referred to a chest clinic at University Hospital Llandough, Mrs Hamilton died aged 75, on May 31st. Before her death, she made a claim for compensation against Wrights Insulation factory in Glasgow, where she worked helping her mother, aged 15. She claimed her hands and arms were often covered with asbestos fibres and she was provided with a paper mask, which was ineffective. The coroner recorded the cause of her death as bronchial pneumonia – the secondary cause was malignant mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos.
If you or someone in your family has been exposed to asbestos or has contracted another industrial disease at work, you may be entitled to compensation. There’s usually a three year time limit in place to make a claim, so it’s worth contacting a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible.
Claiming compensation for industrial diseases
Industrial diseases include injuries or illnesses caused by exposure to hazardous substances in the workplace, and can include:
- Industrial deafness
- Hand arm vibration syndrome (HAVS)
- Respiratory disease
- Occupational asthma
- Malignant mesothelioma
If you or someone you care about has been affected by an industrial disease, you may be able to claim compensation. Your employer has a duty to provide a safe working environment – they should ensure you are provided with proper training when working in a hazardous environment and should also provide you with personal protective equipment (PPE) if needed. If this hasn’t happened, they could be found negligent, and you can make a claim for compensation against them.
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Date Published: October 8, 2014
Author: David Brown