Asbestos Related Claims

Global Asbestos Awareness Week

Global Asbestos Awareness Week

By Gillian Crotty Global Asbestos Awareness Week began on 1st April, and is a campaign aimed at improving education and awareness about asbestos and the diseases that it causes, such as... Read more

Asbestos related compensation win highlights difficulties providing evidence

By Gillian Crotty Asbestos related illnesses, such as the terminal cancer mesothelioma, are usually diagnosed many years, and even decades, after the actual exposure to asbestos dust, making compensation claims particularly... Read more

High Court throws out insurers’ attempts to block rate decision

By Gillian Crotty The Association of British Insurers has failed in its' High Court bid to delay the government announcement on the rate used to discount compensation awards. Personal Injury Solicitors have... Read more

Asbestos compensation ruling sets benchmark

By Gillian Crotty A landmark Court of Appeal ruling on an asbestos compensation claim could prove to have an impact on a significant number of similar cases where minimal contribution is... Read more

Northern Ireland company fined for employee exposure to asbestos

By Lenore Rice Mettallix Ltd in Ballymena has been given a fine of £6,000 plus costs for health and safety breaches that resulted in the "needless" exposure of employees to asbestos... Read more

NI doctors lack confidence on dealing with occupational lung diseases

By Gillian Crotty A new survey reveals that a third of respiratory physicians in Northern Ireland lack confidence when it comes to diagnosing or treating occupational lung diseases such as mesothelioma. A... Read more

Electrician wins compensation for 'fractional' asbestos exposure

By Gillian Crotty An 85 year-old retried electrician who has been diagnosed with asbestosis has won his compensation claim in respect of exposure to asbestos at Exeter University more than 20... Read more

Compensation awarded in respect of asbestos related death

By Gillian Crotty The family of a bricklayer who died from the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma has been awarded £122,500 in compensation from two of his former employers. Frederick Dodson died at... Read more

Inquest concludes historic asbestos exposure caused mesothelioma

By Gillian Crotty An inquest into the death of a hospital employee who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012 has concluded that he died as a result of industrial disease following... Read more

£26million compensation for UK teachers in 2014

By Gillian Crotty Approximately £26million was paid out in compensation to teachers in Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK last year, following claims over personal injury, unfair dismissal, and... Read more

Legal action over wife exposed to asbestos dust from clothes

By Gillian Crotty A landmark legal case has been launched by the son of a woman who died from mesothelioma at the age of 86, after years of exposure to asbestos... Read more

Public warned to avoid disused buildings after asbestos exposure

By Gillian Crotty The public has been warned to avoid entering disused buildings after a teenager entered an abandoned hotel and was exposed to asbestos dust. A 16-year-old girl entered the former... Read more

University pays six figure sum in respect of asbestos death

By Gillian Crotty The widow of an employee of Aston University is to receive a six figure payment by way of compensation after her husband died from the asbestos related cancer... Read more

Asbestos exposure caused death of hospital worker

By Gillian Crotty An inquest has heard that exposure to asbestos caused the death of hospital worker Barbara Fiona Fargas. The coroner, Edward Thomas, concluded that Ms Fargus died on 14th September... Read more

Labour proposes clamp down on late payments

By Gillian Crotty The Labour Party says it will clamp down on late payments by businesses with the proposal of 'tough' amendments to the Small Business Enterprise and Employment Bill. Late payment... Read more

Asbestos victims win ruling on legal fees deduction

By Gillian Crotty Victims of industrial diseases as a result of exposure to asbestos have won an important court case over whether or not legal fees should be deducted from any... Read more

Unannounced site visits planned to tackle work accidents

By Gillian Crotty Unannounced building site visits will be carried out by the Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) in order to clamp down on working conditions that increase... Read more

People injured in accidents not making compensation claims

By Gillian Crotty New research suggests that the majority of people who suffer personal injury in an accident do not make a claim for compensation, challenging the notion of a 'compensation... Read more

Painter died of asbestos industrial disease says coroner

By Gillian Crotty An inquest into the death of painter and decorator Leonard Newman, aged 82, has revealed that he died of an industrial disease connected to exposure to asbestos. Mr Newman... Read more

Man who lost wife to asbestos exposure wins compensation

By Gillian Crotty The High Court in Dorset has awarded compensation to a man for the "loss of services" of his wife after her death resulting from exposure to asbestos. The court... Read more

Ship worker turned teacher dies of mesothelioma

By Gillian Crotty A former headteacher who had previously worked for 6 years as a ships fitter/turner has died at the age of 81 from the asbestos related illness mesothelioma. Kenneth Strong,... Read more

Belfast school pleads guilty to asbestos breaches

By Gillian Crotty A grammar school in Belfast has pleaded guilty to two breaches of health and safety regulations in respect of asbestos management. The Belfast Crown Court heard that Bloomfield Collegiate... Read more

Ex-pat wins £100k asbestos compensation from UK employer

By Gillian Crotty A 67 year old man from Liverpool, now living in Cyprus, has won £100,000 asbestos compensation from his former UK employers after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Norman Turner... Read more

Sunderland mesothelioma sufferers given compensation news

By Gillian Crotty Sufferers of the asbestos related illness mesothelioma in Sunderland have been told of a new government scheme that enables them to apply for compensation of up to £123,000. Sunderland... Read more

Compensation for man diagnosed with asbestosis after death

By Gillian Crotty The family of a former rail worker has been awarded compensation in an out of court settlement after a post-mortem examination revealed that he died from asbestosis. Douglas Wattam... Read more

Council to face asbestos legal action after teacher death

By Gillian Crotty Luton Council is to face legal action from the family of a teacher who died from asbestos-related cancer after exposure to fibres at Denbigh Primary School. Hazel Macdonald died... Read more

Widow urges people exposed to asbestos to see a doctor

By Gillian Crotty Yvonne Wilding, who lost her husband this year to mesothelioma, the cancer linked to asbestos exposure, is urging anyone who has come into contact with asbestos in their... Read more

Retired sailor dies as result of asbestos exposure

By Gillian Crotty A retired navy sailor that served on Royal Navy Ships for 22 years has died at the age of 74 as a result of exposure to asbestos. David Topliff... Read more

HSE releases statistics on work accidents

By Gillian Crotty Injuries suffered as a result of accidents at work cost the UK economy £14billion and affect 1.1million people each year according to new statistics compiled by the Health... Read more

Asbestos payout for woman who played by factory

By Gillian Crotty A woman who has developed the terminal cancer mesothelioma has been awarded compensation from the parent company of the asbestos plant that she grew up next to. Caroline Wilcock,... Read more

Asbestos proposals don't favour victims says APIL

By Gillian Crotty A new proposal in consultation to settle more asbestos related claims cases outside of court does not favour the victims, according to the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers... Read more

Harland and Wolff asbestos compensation to hit £150m

By Gillian Crotty The government is expected to pay out £150million to former employees of the Belfast shipyard Harland & Wolff who contracted asbestos related diseases such as asbestosis, mesothelioma, pleural... Read more

Belfast Health Trust faces further asbestos charges

By Gillian Crotty The Belfast Health and Social Care Trust has faced further charges in respect of asbestos management and control, just 5 months after they were fined in respect of... Read more

Accident victims get 3 times more compensation using solicitors

By Gillian Crotty A new campaign by the Law Society advises accident victims that they stand to earn two to three times more compensation if they use a claims solicitor, compared... Read more

Council tenants waited 4 months for asbestos removal

By Gillian Crotty A couple who moved into a Council house discovered hazardous asbestos material around the boiler, and despite notifying the council were allowed to continue living there even though... Read more

Pensioner wins asbestos cancer compensation

A 73 year old man has settled a compensation package with his former employers after being diagnosed with the terminal lung cancer, mesothelioma, that is most commonly linked to asbestos... Read more

Widow wins compensation for husband's mesothelioma

The widow of an employee who was exposed to asbestos and went on to suffer from mesothelioma, has negotiated a six figure sum of compensation from his employer's insurers, almost... Read more

Compensation win for employee exposed to asbestos

A 58-year-old man who was diagnosed with the terminal asbestos-related cancer mesothelioma in January 2011 has won his claim for compensation against two former employers. Lawrence Coles was first exposed to... Read more

£10k fine for asbestos breach at Belfast hospital

The Belfast Health Trust has been ordered to pay a fine of £10,000 in respect of three health and safety breaches at Belfast City hospital, involving improper management of asbestos... Read more

Belfast Trust pleads guilty to asbestos charges

The Belfast Trust has admitted that it failed to alert sub-contractors about the presence of asbestos at Belfast City Hospital before they began work, and also pleaded guilty to failing... Read more

Teacher claims unfair dismissal over asbestos complaint

Teacher Kike Gbinigie is bringing a claim for unfair dismissal and racial discrimination against Birmingham City Council, as she claims she was sacked from her job after complaining about asbestos... Read more

Compensation payout for carpenter with mesothelioma

A carpenter who has been diagnosed with the terminal lung disease mesothelioma has won a large compensation payout from his council employers of 3 years. Michael Brandon worked for North Herts... Read more

Company fined for worker asbestos exposure

A business has been fined £28,000 and ordered to pay £22,631 in legal costs after sub-contractors were unwittingly exposed to asbestos. Reading University contracted Gardner Mechanical Services Ltd (GMS)to carry out... Read more

Asbestos risk after Ballymena laundry fire

Residents in the immediate vicinity of a disused laundry in Ballymena have been advised of an asbestos risk after a fire at the building On Tuesday afternoon. Thirty homes were evacuated... Read more

Insurance pot for mesothelioma sufferers

A new £300m insurance fund has been established for people diagnosed with mesothelioma who are unable to trace a liable employer or insurer to claim compensation. Mesothelioma is an aggressive cancer... Read more

Damaged asbestos found at Belfast school

A building at Bloomfield Collegiate School, East Belfast, has been closed after the discovery of damaged asbestos. It is understood that part of the building was used by a private day-care... Read more

'Postcode lottery for asbestos victims'

The government is coming under increasing pressure to restore compensation for pleural plaque victims in England and Wales, after Scotland and Northern Ireland both legislated to allow claims for sufferers... Read more

Historic asbestos ruling against parent company

The decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold a High Court ruling that a parent company is liable to pay compensation to an employee who developed asbestosis after dust... Read more

Fly-tipping asbestos waste risk

The practice of 'fly-tipping', dumping waste illegally in non-designated areas - often vacant sites, continues to pose a problem in towns and cities throughout Northern Ireland and the rest of... Read more

Court ruling opens way for asbestos claims

A ruling by the UK Supreme Court could pave the way for thousands of families of people who die after asbestos exposure to successfully make claims for compensations. There has been... Read more

NI pleural plaque sufferers can now claim compensation

New legislation passed last December means anyone in Northern Ireland diagnosed with pleural plaques can now claim compensation. The new bill, 'The Damages (Asbestos - related Conditions) Act (Northern Ireland) 2011',... Read more

NI to get asbestos related pleural plaques legislation

Finance Minister for Northern Ireland, Sammy Wilson, has announced that new legislation will take effect from 14th December that will enable people suffering from pleural plaques, an asbestos-related lung condition,... Read more

University fined for asbestos exposure risk

Lincoln University Higher Education Corporation has been fined £10,000 and ordered to pay legal costs of nearly £13,000 after they admitted two breaches of Health and safety legislation resulting in... Read more

M&S receive £1m fine for customer asbestos risk

Marks and Spencers (M&S) have been issued with a £1million fine for failing to take proper measures to deal with asbestos in two of their UK stores during refurbishments that... Read more

Building owner fined for improper asbestos removal

An attempt to save money on asbestos removal during a property refurbishment in Birmingham has resulted in both the property owner, project manager and a general builder being fined by... Read more

Asbestos compensation claim win for pizza chef

A sixty year old pizza chef has won a claim for compensation against his former restaurant-owner employers after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. Luigi Pes worked with asbestos sealed pizza ovens... Read more

Asbestos claim against Mars and Nestle

Mars and Nestle are being sued by electrician Charles Parker, aged 66, for the sum of £200,000. Mr Parker claims that the negligence of the companies resulted in him contracting... Read more

Families win asbestos compensation claims

Two separate families have won their claims for compensation after the death of family members from mesothelioma after exposure to "low level" asbestos. Mother-of-two, Dianne Willmore, was exposed to asbestos dust... Read more

Asbestos victims widow receives compensation

The widow of a senior chemistry lecturer, Jim Sellwood, who died of mesothelioma, has been awarded an undisclosed amount of compensation from the University where her husband worked regularly with... Read more

Former BT employee wins asbestos compensation

Bernard Mottram, aged 82, has won compensation from his former employers BT after developing the rare cancer mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos. Mr Mottram installed telephone lines at... Read more

Unite vow to fight for fair asbestos compensation

Trade Union Unite have vowed to continue the fight for fair compensation for mesothelioma sufferers in the Supreme Court, after a recent Court of Appeal ruling effectively meant that many... Read more

More delays on compensation claims for asbestos victims

The drawn out compensation claims of thousands of asbestos victims are to be delayed even further after Court of Appeal judges considering a High Court verdict referred the matter further... Read more

Youngest sufferer of mesothelioma in UK dies at 18

Sophie Ellis lost her battle against the aggressive asbestos-related disease mesothelioma last month at the age of 18, the youngest person in the UK to die of the illness which... Read more

Children exposed to asbestos from dads job

  Seven of nine children of a Belfast shipyard worked have been diagnosed with lung damage linked to the lethal fibres of asbestos. It is speculated that the lethal dust was... Read more

Wilson hints at compensation for N.I. pleural plaque sufferers

Northern Ireland Finance Minister has hinted that the Scotland model of giving compensation to pleural plaque sufferers will be applied to the region, as opposed to taking the English stance... Read more

HSE breached its own asbestos guidelines

An industrial tribunal has heavily criticised the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for breaching its own guidelines about the removal and handling of asbestos. The tribunal upheld the HSE's decision... Read more

New Guidelines from HSE to tackle Asbestos removal

A new guide to surveys on asbestos removal has been released by the UK Health and Safety Executive. The changes are designed to improve the detection of asbestos, and also... Read more

Asbestos related pleural plagues no longer eligible for compensation

Justice secretary Jack Straw has ruled that people suffering from pleural plaques, an asbestos-linked condition, will no longer be able to claim compensation. The ruling is viewed by the industry... Read more

Schools failing to tackle Asbestos dangers

A snapshot survey of 16 schools carried out by Asbestos Training and Consultancy  (ATCA) Association has suggested that some British schools are not complying with their legal duty to protect... Read more

Police warn copper thieves they may have exposed themselves to asbestos

The Nottinghamshire police have found themselves in the unusual position of having to advise thieves to seek medical advice as a result of potential exposure to asbestos during a theft. The... Read more

Barn fire serves as reminder of danger of asbestos in old buildings

A large barn fire in Bedfordshire on 1st December provides a stark warning to the dangers of asbestos found in old buildings. 40 firefighters were called in to tackle the... Read more

Union calls for review of regulations governing asbestos management

There are huge discrepancies in the rules governing the management of asbestos in people's homes, according to the Union of Construction, Allied Trades and Technicians (UCATT). A new report from... Read more

Asbestos linked to ovarian and larynx cancer

A group of World Health Organisation scientists has shed more light on the effects of asbestos and added ovarian cancer and cancer of the larynx to the diseases that can... Read more

Belfast man to sue care trust for asbestosis misdiagnosis

A Northern Ireland man suffering from an asbestos-related ailment is to enlist the services of a solicitor to sue the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust for getting his diagnosis... Read more

Asbestos affected sufferers await ruling

Solicitors of people in Northern Ireland who are suffering from Asbestos-related ailments could soon find it easier to push for compensation thanks to a new bill being discussed.The Damages (Asbestos-Related... Read more

Inquest hears of 'snowball' asbestos

An inquest has been told of how a man who succumbed to lung cancer had what was described as "snowballs" allegedly made from asbestos thrown at him while he was... Read more

Widow wins asbestos infection compensation

People afflicted by asbestos-related illnesses in Northern Ireland will be glad to hear that a six-figure compensation was awarded to the family of a man who died from a cancer... Read more

Company fined for inaccurate asbestos survey

The need for companies in Northern Ireland to ensure their surveys on asbestos are accurate has been highlighted by the prosecution of a firm whose employees were exposed while carrying... Read more

Scotland to compensate pleural plaque sufferers

The Scottish government has decided to compensate people with pleural plaques, a move that has fuelled calls from solicitors for the rest of the UK to follow suit.MSPs voted to... Read more

Asbestos risk for 1940s' born carpenters

Carpenters in Northern Ireland born in the 1940s face the greatest risk of developing mesothelioma, the asbestos related cancer that has left many in need of solicitors' guidance in seeking... Read more

Government urged to move fast on asbestos claims

Victims of industrial diseases related to asbestos are being forced to wait for long periods for their compensation claims to be processed due to government delays, it has been claimed.Solicitors... Read more

Asbestos victims to get full compensation

Solicitors in Northern Ireland representing Asbestos victims may be pleased to hear that a decision that would have impacted negatively on individuals of asbestos-related illnesses has successfully been challenged in... Read more

FMB supports asbestos campaign

A campaign by the Health and Safety Executive to counter the dangers caused by asbestos by raising awareness in Northern Ireland and other areas of the UK has secured support... Read more

New regulations 'may prevent asbestos claims'

Legislation proposed by ministers may prevent victims of latent work-related diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma from making compensation claims, it has been revealed.According to the Times, the rules would... Read more

Radon gas regulations 'should be reviewed'

UK Building Regulations and British Standards should be changed to protect people from the build-up of radon gas, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has recommended.Amendments should include provisions which ensure... Read more

New bill to compensate asbestos victims

Women who developed mesothelioma after washing their husbands' work-clothes which were covered in asbestos fibres are to be able to claim compensation.The mesothelioma compensation bill, introduced by Northern Ireland social... Read more

Asbestos 'still present in Northern Ireland's schools'

Some 93 schools in Northern Ireland still contain cancer-provoking asbestos in their buildings, according to 4NI.co.uk.There are currently 65 Primary schools and 28 secondary schools which have asbestos insulation revealed... Read more

The right insurance policy can protect against neighbourly disputes

Householders should be looking out for insurance policies which offer legal protection against disputes with neighbours, according to the Association of British Insurers (ABI).Kelly Ostler-Coyle, ABI spokesperson, said that insurance... Read more

'Jumbo jet's worth of people killed at work every fortnight'

Enough people die at work to fill a jumbo jet every two weeks, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).This is due to a failure to... Read more

Tradesmen 'ignorant' of asbestos hazard

Solicitors in Belfast and Northern Ireland could see more cases of asbestos-related illnesses caused by work in the future as research has shown a stark lack of knowledge about the... Read more

Government pays up on asbestos claims

The government's Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) has finally agreed payment for workers suffering from asbestos in Britain and related diseases after over a year and a half of pressure... Read more

Pleural plaques compensation blocked

People suffering from work-related pleural plaques in Northern Ireland are less likely to visit their solicitors to try to make a case for compensation, following a House of Lords ruling... Read more

Acra warns of asbestos risk

While asbestos is the single greatest cause of work-related deaths in Britain and Northern Ireland, The Asbestos Removal Contractors Association (Arca) says it difficult for workers to know when they... Read more

Mesothelioma case snowballs

A family has been awarded over £100,000 in compensation following the death of the father from mesothelioma two years ago.Frank Ede, from Hull, died in July 2005 aged 75 from... Read more

Asbestos claims triple

The number of claims and criminal prosecutions in Britain and Northern Ireland for asbestos poisoning at work is on the rise and more than tripled last year.Under the Control of... Read more

Many work-related accidents not reported

After the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) published statistics of work-related deaths and injuries in Britain and Northern Ireland between 2005 and 2006, Consult GEE says that the full picture... Read more

Solicitors want asbestos compensation raised

Solicitors have said that the amount of compensation awarded to families of mesothelioma victims in Scotland should be the same as that given in the rest of Britain and Northern... Read more

BAA coughs up compensation

The British Airport Authority (BAA) has been ordered to pay compensation to a man in their employment who was exposed to asbestos while working at Heathrow Airport.The man from Middlesex... Read more

Mesothelioma victim awarded compensation

Ken McDonald of Barrow has won £102,500 in compensation after being diagnosed with mesothelioma, which he developed from being exposed to asbestos in the workplace.The 67-year-old, who was a former... Read more

Top firms to tackle worker exploitation

Land Securities, Serco and Jaeger are among the firms who have agreed to join the Trades Union Congress (TUC) to try to tackle the problem of exploitation of employees.Some of... Read more

Solicitors report more mesothelioma

The British Mesothelioma Register's statistics show that mesothelioma, a cancer caused by asbestos exposure, is on the rise. Mesothelioma deaths have risen from 153 in 1968, to 1969 in 2004,... Read more

Schools, contractors and councils warned of asbestos risk

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has found it necessary to alert local authorities, schools and contractors to the dangers of disturbing asbestos, following a case involving all three groups... Read more

HSE summit to highlight asbestos danger

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has felt it necessary to call the eighth summit of its kind to try to persuade the asbestos removal industry to shape up, as... Read more