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Dock worker who loaded asbestos receives damages

Leigh Day secures £40,000 for injured dock worker

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1 October 2009

A former dock worker has recovered over £40,000 in compensation following his diagnosis with asbestosis. Our client was employed at the docks in East London throughout the 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s. He was often involved in unloading raw asbestos imported from South Africa and was exposed very heavily to asbestos dust, which now affects his breathing.

Our client was originally rejected by other solicitors who considered his claim was out of time, but Leigh Day & Co. accepted his instructions and have successfully negotiated a settlement to his claim. The case was settled on a provisional basis which confirms our client’s right to return to court for further damages if his condition deteriorates.

Daniel Easton comments:

"The conditions these dockers worked in were atrocious and it is quite right that employers should be held to account for the damage they have caused, even if that accountability arises from events decades ago. These men worked in unbearable conditions and it is a tragedy that their employers did not pay more attention to the regulations in place at the time and the warnings that were issued repeatedly about the dangers of asbestos.

It is always unfortunate to be instructed in these circumstances, but at least the success of the claim does give some comfort to those who have been injured by the past actions of others."

For more information please contact Daniel Easton on 020 7650 1200.

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