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Industrial disease claims partner Daniel Easton secures £300,000 for former miner

Former miner diagnosed with pneumoconiosis receives compensation

Terence Frith

19 November 2012

Industrial disease claims partner, Daniel Easton, has recovered nearly £300,000 compensation for a former mine worker suffering a debilitating lung disease as a result of his past employment.

Terence Frith worked as a shaft sinker in the coal boom of the 1970’s and 80’s. Safety provisions were practically non-existent and Terry worked in conditions that were so poor he could not see the person standing next to him.

Sadly the result of this work was hundreds of thousands of former miners developing severe lung conditions which resulted in a compensation scheme following the “British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation”. Millions of pounds were paid out under the Scheme which ran from 2001 to 2004.

At that time, Terry had emigrated to Australia with his family. Sadly in late 2007 Terry was taken ill and finally diagnosed with pneumoconiosis. The extent of his breathlessness prevented him from working leaving huge anxiety over the future financial support to his family. He instructed Daniel to pursue his claim, but the case took a significant turn in 2011 when the Government joined as an additional Defendant on behalf of the former British Coal Corporation. They immediately began arguing that Terry was out of time because he should have recovered compensation under the Coal Miners’ Scheme.

After a two day trial in the High Court in late 2011, Mrs Justice Swift ruled in Terry’s favour and allowed his claim to proceed “out of time”. After months more evidence gathering and negotiations, a settlement was achieved in October 2012.

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