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Asbestos compensation secured for UK immigrants to Australia and New Zealand

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21 March 2011

The following are a selection of the recent successes achieved for our overseas clients.  

Successful asbestos settlements

Senior asbestos solicitors at Leigh Day & Co have recently settled a number of serious asbestosis claims for clients living in the Southern Hemisphere.  Although our clients are sometimes on the other side of the world, we they always receive the same efficient service and their location is no detriment to recovering substantial awards of damages in as quick a time as possible.  To make sure our clients receive the very best service possible we usually act in conjunction with local solicitors who can handle matters “on the ground”, such as leading industrial diseases firm Slater and Gordon in Australia.  Such claims present their own challenges but the cases taken on by Leigh Day’s team have been successful.  

Australian turbine compressor

Acting on behalf of an Australian resident, Mr D, asbestos solicitor Vijay Ganapathy,  took over a case previously dealt with by other solicitors who considered Mr D had little or no chance of winning.  Mr D was exposed to asbestos when working as a turbine compressor operator at ICI in the mid to late 60’s.  His previous solicitors failed to bring court proceedings within time, but following Leigh Day’s instruction, and with Slater and Gordon’s help in Melbourne, Mr D’s diagnosis of asbestosis was confirmed and court action commenced immediately.  His claim subsequently settled for £45,000. 

Clerical worker in asbetos factory in New Zealand

Daniel Easton acted for a New Zealander, Mr J who received over £50,000 as a consequence of his diagnosis with asbestosis following his work as an administration clerk in an asbestos factory in the 1950’s.  Although arguments were raised by the defendants that the claim was out of time because the first signs of asbestos disease appeared in 1992, the claim proceeded to an agreed settlement within approximately 12 months of contacting the defendants.  We worked with leading New Zealand lawyers, Lane Neave

Ministry of Defence worker in Australia

Daniel Easton successfully recovered compensation for an Australian resident, Mr B exposed to asbestos when working for the Ministry of Defence in Malta in the 1940s.  His case was also turned down by other solicitors.  On reviewing the case with our agency lawyers in Australia, Slater & Gordon, Daniel fought the case against the MoD and was able to negotiate a settlement within six months of being instructed. 

Dock worker from Queensland

A successful settlement was also obtained by Vijay Ganapathy acting for Mr H from Queensland in Australia who was diagnosed with asbestosis.  He worked as a dock worker involved in unloading ships that delivered asbestos hessian sacks to Liverpool Docks.  The defendant’s solicitors made an application to the court to strike out Mr H’s claim for the care that his family had provided him over the years due to his asbestosis.  Their application was defeated by Leigh Day & Co and soon afterwards, Mr H’s claim settled.  

Shipbuilding brothers' asbestos claims

Daniel Easton also recently settled claims for two brothers, living in Australia, who were suffering from asbestos diseases after they worked together for several years in the shipbuilding industry in Belfast.  One of the brothers sadly contracted lung cancer in 2008 and the other, now living in Victoria, developed asbestosis.  Daniel represented both brothers against their former Irish employers, coordinating matters from London to make best use of the "fast track" system in the High Court to ensure their claims were dealt with as quickly as possible.  One claim settled for £100,000 and the other for £40,000.  Their family said "thank you sincerely for your calm words and detail on the phone. Your knowledge and guidance throughout has been fantastic!"


Leigh Day: asbestos and mesothelioma lawyers

Leigh Day has a team of specialist mesothelioma claims lawyers who have successfully obtained millions of pounds in compensation for people who have contracted mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos in the workplace.  We only represent claimants and do not act for insurance companies.  Daniel Easton, partner and head of the industrial diseases team, has been recognised as a leader in the areas of asbestos compensation claims by both major legal directories.  Chambers guide to the legal profession recently described him as being considered ‘outstandingly knowledgeable’ by the Bar, and ‘compassionate’ and ‘responsive’ by clients. 

Leigh Day is regularly approached by overseas clients and has a wealth of experience in dealing with foreign claims with difficult issues. All our cases are dealt with speedily and high levels of compensation achieved.  On numerous occasions, we have taken over claims abandoned by other solicitors and applied our expertise to obtain compensation for those who have become seriously ill from asbestos exposure. If you would like to talk to one of our lawyers about a possible claim for compensation relating to asbestos, asbestosis, pleural plaques or mesothelioma please contact us on 020 7650 1200 for a free initial consultation or email Dan or Vijay for more information.

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