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Speedy settlement for mesothelioma sufferer

Dan Easton, industrial diseases specialist at law firm Leigh Day & Co, has achieved a substantial settlement for a former charge nurse who is now suffering from mesothelioma.

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27 February 2008

Leigh Day & Co has successfully recovered over £170,000 in damages for a former hospital manager who developed mesothelioma, an asbestos-related lung cancer, following his exposure at a hospital during the 1970’s and 1980’s.

Luc Nadal worked as a charge nurse at Woodhurst Hospital near Crawley in Sussex. This meant he had to go into the basement area which contained a boiler and extensive pipework which was lagged with suspected asbestos insulation. He and his workmates described how the insulation broke down over time and may have been damaged by work processes there. Through documents obtained during the course of Mr Nadal’s claim, it became apparent that extensive asbestos removal works took place at the hospital, but not until the mid-1990’s.

Mr Nadal’s former employers refused to accept that he had been exposed to dangerous quantities of asbestos, or even that asbestos was present at the hospital. Despite this Mr Nadal successfully achieved a significant global settlement to his claim, which he intends to use to pay for his medical treatment and care at home.

Mr Nadal was represented by Leigh Day & Co's Daniel Easton, who specialises in asbestos disease cases. The case was pursued through the High Court's fast track mesothelioma system to enable a resolution of the claim within just a few months of Mr Nadal instructing Leigh Day & Co.

Daniel comments: "This was a very hard fought case despite the fact that asbestos was extensively used in public buildings such as hospitals during the 1960's and 1970's. Mr Nadal was fully cross-examined by the Defendant under oath and remained clear on the evidence he gave about his former working life. It is a credit to Mr Nadal that we were able to achieve a good settlement for him. I am very pleased to have been able to act for him in this matter and to see a successful conclusion that will benefit both he and his family".

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

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