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Six figure payout for mesothelioma victim

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14 May 2007

Daniel Easton, a solicitor at Leigh Day & Co specialising in asbestos disease claims, has recently concluded a claim for over £100,000 for a mesothelioma victim resident in Australia. Daniel acted in conjunction with lawyers at Australian firm Slater & Gordon to facilitate bringing a claim for an overseas resident.

Bernard Youel grew up Manchester and worked as a mechanical fitter with various UK companies in the Manchester area in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's, including a period of service in the Royal Navy and working for the North West Gas Board. During his working life he was exposed to substantial quantities of asbestos dust and fibres from insulating materials on pipes and machinery. In 1982 Bernard emmigrated to Australia with his family and was enjoying his retirement when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma, an asbestos related lung cancer.

At the outset of his claim, it seemed likely that Bernard's damages would be reduced because some of his past employers had gone out of business and the Royal Navy was immune from prosecution under "Crown Immunity". However, thanks to changes in the law with the Compensation Act 2006, Bernard became entitled to recover the full extent of his damages.

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

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