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Asbestos-related disease settlements and stories

At Leigh Day, our personal injury team work tirelessly on a wide variety of claims to secure mesothelioma and other asbestos-related disease settlements for our clients. 
The compensation amounts we secure for sufferers of such diseases and their families aim to help them achieve much needed financial security.
Our asbestos, pleural thickening and mesothelioma claims lawyers act for people who live around the UK and those who now live abroad – including in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Spain.

We secure significant amounts of compensation for clients who have been diagnosed with asbestos-related diseases, including:

Securing mesothelioma compensation

We have consistently secured six-figure mesothelioma compensation amounts for individuals who were exposed to asbestos in many types of workplaces, leading to the diagnosis of mesothelioma. 
If you, your friend or family member have experienced an asbestos-related disease and believe it developed after exposure in the workplace, you can find out more about making an asbestos claim
Otherwise, for real life examples of our successfully secured settlements for asbestos-related diseases, read our recent mesothelioma stories and further case studies below. 
Ready to talk? If you have a claim, contact our asbestos, pleural thickening and mesothelioma claims lawyers today. Call freephone 0800 6895854 or 


Recent asbestos and mesothelioma settlements

Here are the details of some of our recent mesothelioma and asbestos case studies.

Mesothelioma case studies


'Patrick’s' story

Compensation: £725,000

Patrick worked for Norwest Holst Group Administration Limited as a labourer in the 1960s where he was exposed to asbestos. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2019 and the 73-year-old received a settlement of £725,000, which included the full cost of the future loss of services and care in relation to Patrick’s wife and grandson.

John's story

Location: Bexley Hospital
Compensation: Six-figure settlement

John was employed by Greenwich and Bexley Area Health Authority. He began to experience symptoms of a cough and chest pain in December 2017 and a biopsy confirmed the diagnosis of mesothelioma in June 2018, when John was aged 62. A six-figure settlement was agreed in March 2020, which also allows John to continue to claim the cost of his ongoing immunotherapy treatment.

Read more about John's story

Paul’s story

Location: F Parkinson Ltd, Warrington
Compensation: Six-figure settlement
Paul worked as a joiner in the 1960s. He was exposed to asbestos as he worked on converting old warehouses into accommodation. At Christmas 2016, Paul developed a cough. After having an x-ray and fluid drained from his lungs, Paul had a lung biopsy. In August 2017, the biopsy results showed he had mesothelioma of the pleura. He died aged 80 in January 2018.

Thomas’ story

Location: North West Gas Board, Merseyside
Compensation: Six-figure settlement

Thomas was exposed to asbestos when he worked as a maintenance engineer in the 1950s and 1960s. He maintained boilers that were fed by steam pipes, which were lagged with asbestos. In December 2017, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma and died in 2018 aged 93.

George’s story

Location: Charles Topham & Sons, Eccles
Compensation: Significant

George worked as a joiner for Charles Topham & Sons in the 1970s, where he was exposed to asbestos dust when boxing in pipes. In 2019, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma as a 63-year-old. Even though Charles Topham & Sons Limited is now a defunct company, their historic insurers were traced and the court ordered damages should be paid to George.  

John’s story

Location: J.D. Hughes Group Ltd, Stockport
Compensation: £165,000

The family of John Hopkins received a six-figure sum after he was exposed to asbestos when he worked as a pipe fitter for J.D. Hughes Group Ltd in the 1960s and 1970s. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in March 2018 and passed away in October the same year. 

Agnes’ story

Location: Ministry of Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme 
Compensation: £150,000

Agnes worked as a telephonist at the Ministry of Labour between 1969 and 1972. There she was exposed to asbestos dust from heavy doors lined with asbestos sheets. She was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2017 and the 74-year-old received a settlement in early 2020 before the case went to trial. 

Rosalba’s story

Location: Fiat showroom, Brentford 
Compensation: Substantial and cost of future treatments

70-year-old Rosalba Bhaloo worked in the Fiat showroom offices for two years in the 1970s. She was exposed to asbestos when she walked through the workshop where compressed air lines blew out dust containing asbestos.

Allan’s story

Location: Saunders Concrete Limited, Astley, Greater Manchester 
Compensation: Six-figure sum

71-year-old Allan Grundy was exposed to asbestos when he transported materials to be used on building sites and helped construct buildings, predominantly garages. He also believed that he had to wear asbestos suits while working in the fire service.

Trudy and Derek’s story

Location: William Penn school, East Dulwich
Compensation: Significant

The widow of a former carpenter's mate received significant compensation after the death of her husband. Her husband Derek was exposed to asbestos at the age of 16, when he was sent to a construction site to build shuttering for concrete on buildings for the William Penn school.

Derek’s story

Location: A V Ogden & Sons, Otley and Brown & Mason Ltd, Kent
Compensation: Six-figure sum

Former demolition worker and asbestos stripper Derek settled his compensation claim after being exposed to asbestos that was disturbed during demolition work when employed by both companies.

Asbestosis case studies

Bernard’s story

Location: Blue Funnel and Cammell Lairds, Birkenhead
Compensation: Significant

Australian resident Bernard Jack received compensation after he was exposed to asbestos when he carried out ship repairs at the dockyard in Birkenhead. He will be able to return to court for additional compensation if he develops further asbestos diseases. 

Pleural thickening case studies

Philip’s story

Location: J.H. Haworth & Co Ltd (later known as G Stuart Limited), Lancashire
Compensation: Significant

Philip Catterall worked as a joiner, carrying out work in local mills and factories. He also fitted windows in boiler rooms – where he was exposed to asbestos.

Alan’s story

Location: Holland Hannen & Cubbitts Ltd, Merseyside
Compensation: Substantial
Alan Jones was diagnosed with plural thickening and may develop other asbestos-related conditions in the future. He worked as an apprentice wood cutting machinist at Holland Hannen & Cubbitts Ltd in Bromborough.

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