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Former shipwright wins asbestos case

Shipyard asbestos dust topasbestosremoval.comA former shipwright from Sunderland who suffered from lung cancer, has won his case after exposure to asbestos.

Robert Kemp, 75, was exposed to the material while working at the shipyards between the 1950s and 1980s.

The retired man suffered from a cough and chest pain in the summer of 2010, before doctors told him that there was a 90% chance of cancer. A biopsy later revealed that Mr Kemp was suffering from diffuse pleural thickening which leaves him breathless and unable to walk long distances.

“This has had a huge impact on my life,” he said.

“It is very frustrating that I cannot do the things I used to be able to do. I am terrified that I will get asbestos cancer in the future and this fear lives with me all the time.”

Mr Kemp had previously been diagnosed with pleural plaques and through the GMB, he approached Thompsons Solicitors for advice, only to find the law had changed to end compensation for the condition.

He approached the firm again after being told he probably had cancer, and Thompsons was successful in securing compensation from two of his former employers’ insurers.

The provisional settlement allows him to make a further claim for compensation if his condition worsens in the future due to asbestos-related disease.

December 19, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Asbestos Infomation |
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Asbestos Found in Contraband Cigarettes

Next time you’re offered cheap cigarettes in the pub, do yourself a favour and think twice. Smokers looking for a bargain have been warned not to buy a bootleg brand of cigarettes from Russia, after it was found to contain asbestos.

The warning came from trading standard chiefs after a batch of Jin Ling cigarettes was reportedly offered around British pubs and clubs.

The cigarettes, which come in yellow packs with the words Jin Ling and USA emblazoned across the front, are thought to be twice as strong as an ordinary cigarettes.

Many of those tested have been revealed to contain toxins such as industrial chemicals and asbestos-lined Chinese drywall.

It is believed the cigarettes are created specifically for the black market, as the brand on offer is not available over the counter.

February 2, 2011 at 9:56 am | Asbestos Infomation |
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