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Heetasha Khosla's Profile Picture
Heetasha is a solicitor working with Daniel Easton in the personal injury department. 
 
Heetasha completed her training with the firm and qualified in September 2018. She has since specialised in industrial disease claims
 
Heetasha acts for claimants who have been exposed to asbestos and have gone on to develop asbestos-related injuries, such as mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer and pleural thickening.  
 
The cases Heetasha assists with include both primary exposure as a result of individuals working directly with asbestos and secondary exposure (non-occupational exposure to asbestos). 
 
Heetasha assists with claims for claimants where their former employers are no longer in business and she has experience in investigating the history of companies and successfully tracing their insurers. 
 
Cases Heetasha has worked on 
 
  • Assisting with settling a claim for a mesothelioma sufferer who had been exposed to asbestos whilst self-employed working as a carpenter. The Claimant was unable to provide evidence of his exposure in his lifetime and Heetasha carried out detailed research including obtaining statements from other colleagues who worked with the Claimant and were able to confirm the circumstances in which he was exposed. As a result, she was able to prove that the gentleman had been exposed during this work and that exposure had caused his illness. The claim was successfully settled and compensation recovered for the widow of the gentleman. 
  • Assisting in obtaining a significant sum of compensation in a low level exposure claim for a New Zealand national who previously lived and worked in England. The Claimant was exposed to asbestos during the course of her employment from asbestos insulated pipes in the basement of a private members club where she worked. It was disputed that the Claimant was exposed to asbestos at all.  The Defendant argued that even if she was exposed, the exposure was at such a low level, it would not be deemed to attract legal liability. Heetasha assisted with preparing the case for trial and a settlement was agreed just a matter of days before the trial was due to start with no admission of liability.  The settlement included an agreement for the defendant to pay the Claimant’s future medical expenses, including immunotherapy which is only available privately. 
  • Assisting with a claim for a doctor who was exposed to asbestos at a hospital where she worked as a student and qualified doctor.  Liability was fully defended. Heetasha assisted in reviewing the extensive disclosure provided by the Defendant Trust and obtaining several supporting statements from witnesses who gave a similar description of the asbestos exposure the Claimant described.  At a contested hearing, it was proved that the hospital negligently exposed the Claimant to asbestos in failing to follow appropriate safety procedures at a time when the dangers of asbestos were well known.  The Claim settled a day before the Assessment of Damages hearing was due to take place.   A substantial settlement was agreed and secured the Claimant’s entitlement to continue claiming future medical treatment following the end of her case.  
 
Heetasha is a member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.

Publications

Heetasha discusses the recent decision and dependency claim in Witham v Steve Hill , a tragic case of a foster family who lost their father to mesothelioma - First published by LexisNexis on 02/03/2020. 

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