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Asbestos and mesothelioma claims in Derbyshire and the East Midlands

Derbyshire and the East Midlands have shown year-on-year increases in the number of people developing mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses according to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) . Over the last 25 years, the number of people diagnosed with mesothelioma in the region has increased significantly, at a rate in excess of the national trend.

This proliferation is the legacy of the region’s varied industrial heritage. Many claims for asbestos-related diseases have been pursued against those employers who wrongfully exposed their workforce to asbestos.

If you or loved one have developed an asbestos-related disease after working in the region and believe you were exposed to asbestos at work, then you may be entitled to compensation. Even if it was a few decades ago and the company no longer operates, we can still help you start a claim if you have a diagnosis for mesothelioma, asbestosis, lung cancer or pleural thickening.   

East Midlands

In Nottinghamshire, analysis of coroners’ figures in 2019 found one in four deaths were caused by industrial disease. While this includes a variety of diseases, a large proportion are believed to be asbestos-related. Mesothelioma  claims in Nottingham and the surrounding area have therefore increased compared to ten and twenty years earlier. 

Nottinghamshire makes up part of the East Midlands, which covers a broad region including the counties of:
 
  • Derbyshire
  • Leicestershire
  • Lincolnshire (with some exemptions)
  • Northamptonshire
  • Nottinghamshire
  • Rutland

For claims relating to asbestos diseases originating in Birmingham, Coventry, Warwickshire and Staffordshire, visit our page covering Birmingham and the West Midlands

Ready to talk? Contact our team in Chesterfield with your claims for asbestos in Nottingham, Derbyshire and the East Midlands. Call 01246 386388 or email hashton@leighday.co.uk

Asbestos sources in the East Midlands

Derbyshire and the East Midlands has a proud industrial heritage, from manufacturing and engineering to transportation and power generation in the power stations across the East Midlands. Unfortunately, asbestos use was prominent in many of these industries, especially throughout the 1960s, 1970s to the 1980s.  

Many of the workforces were exposed to it and have gone on to develop asbestos-related diseases in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and countless towns across the region. They can often be traced back to your working years where your employer was responsible for the exposure and subsequent effects – even though diseases may have developed ten, 20, 30 or more years later.   

Common sources of asbestos exposure range from positions in heavy industry  to working in offices where asbestos was present in ceiling tiles. If you or a loved one worked in or for any of the following sectors and companies and have developed an asbestos-related disease, then you may have substantial grounds for a claim: 

Power stations 

The Central Electricity Generating Board operated several coal-fired power stations in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire. These power stations used significant amounts of asbestos insulation during their construction. This insulation was repeatedly disturbed during the operation of the power stations – putting those working there at high risk of exposure. 

The region was home to power stations at:
 
  • Castle Donnington
  • Cottam
  • Drakelow
  • High Marnham
  • Immingham
  • Keadby
  • Killingholme
  • Ratcliffe on Soar
  • Staythorpe
  • West Burton
  • Willington

British Rail 

The Midland Railway Locomotive Works in Derby was known locally as "the loco". The locomotive works – nationalised into British Rail in 1947 – produced and repaired steam and diesel locomotives up until it closed in 1990. Steam locomotives were built at Derby until June 1957, from then onwards engines were fixed at the Derby site for many years.

Steam locomotives were constructed using significant amounts of asbestos insulation material, which was often disturbed during repair work. This caused a hazard for those involved in the work and for people who worked nearby. While asbestos was not as prevalent on diesel locomotives, it was used as an insulator. Those handling or disturbing the insulation were at risk of developing an asbestos-related illness.

Even though the Midland Railway Locomotive Works ceased operating, those who developed asbestos-related diseases long after working there are still entitled to compensation. We can help you bring a claim against the insurance company liable to secure the settlement you deserve. 

Boilermakers and heating engineers

We have acted for employees of many businesses who operated as boilermakers in the region, including:
 
  • Babcock & Wilcox
  • Foster Wheeler
  • International Combustion
  • John Brown Boilermakers Ltd
  • Rolls Royce Industrial Power (India) Ltd 

Asbestos was commonly used as an insulator. The men and women who used it were at significant risk of exposure and developing an asbestos-related disease. It has resulted in recent asbestos claims in Nottingham, Derby and the wider region by former boilermakers and engineers. 

Local councils

We have acted for many individuals employed by local councils who were exposed to asbestos on construction sites and housing estates who subsequently contracted asbestos diseases. These include:
 
  • Joiners
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians

If you have been affected by any of the above, contact our expert team about your claims for asbestos-related diseases in Nottingham, Derby and the wider region today:
 

Why choose Leigh Day?

For more than 30 years, our personal injury team have worked to secure the compensation our clients are entitled to for a wide range of claims. These have included many asbestos claims in Nottingham, Derby and the East Midlands. The team work tirelessly and with compassion to support you through this challenging period. 

Our Chesterfield office opened in July 2017 to assist residents of the town and the wider East Midlands region with their cases focused on asbestos-related diseases. Leigh Day partner Helen Ashton leads the office. Meetings there are by appointment only.
“Helen Ashton is ‘absolutely first-rate and is particularly good with clients.’” – Legal 500 2018
Helen Ashton qualified in 1998 as a solicitor and has specialised in cases to do with asbestos-related illnesses and mesothelioma since 2003. She joined Leigh Day and helped set up the asbestos litigation team in the north in 2015. Helen is an expert in her field as a Senior Litigator with The Association of Personal Injury Lawyers (APIL). She also holds specialist accreditation for Asbestos Disease claims – making her one of the few lawyers able to assess other solicitors applying for specialist accreditation.

Contact Leigh Day

Speak to Helen Ashton about your asbestos-related disease in the East Midlands. We can also arrange to visit you at home or in hospital if you would prefer. 
 

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