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Dye plant worker entitled to compensation

John Cookson was exposed to carcinogenic substances at his work in a dye plant

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14 November 2007

The possibility of bringing legal claims in relation to a diagnosis with cancer was highlighted in November 2007 when the Court of Appeal ruled that a former dye plant worker was entitled to compensation as a result of his diagnosis with cancer of the bladder.

John Cookson’s employers admitted that he had been exposed to significant quantities of carcinogenic amines in the form of dyestuffs, despite the fact they had been aware of the dangers of such exposure for several decades.  However, the employers argued that the cancer was caused by smoking and not the workplace exposure.  The Court accepted that the amine exposure was the major contributing cause of the cancer and that had it not been for the exposure to the amines, he would not have developed bladder cancer.

Leigh Day & Co did not represent John Cookson but if you would like to discuss a similar claim please contact Daniel Easton on 020 7650 1200.

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