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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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