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 wrong, it has been reported.

First diagnosed with asbestosis in 2002 at the Mater Hospital, 69-year old Arthur Rafferty wants to sue the hospital for misleading him about whether he had the disease, reports the Belfast Telegraph.

According to Mr Rafferty, the hospital's misdiagnosis led to his compensation case against his employer of 25 years George Heyn & Sons to be put on hold until it he actually contracted the disease.

It took a Liverpool specialist to confirm this year that he actually had the disease and Mr Rafferty now wants to take action for what he says was a "tough" ordeal.

According to the newspaper, the sufferer has now set up a committee known as Justice for Dockers, whose main remit is to represent individuals suffering from asbestos-related diseases.

Carpenters born in the 1940s are most likely to develop mesothelioma, a Health and Safety Executive study recently concluded.

Lyn Harris, head of employment and litigation at Wilson Nesbitt Solicitors said: "Asbestos exposure may not manifest itself as harmful for years after exposure and we would strongly urge anyone with symptoms who has come into contact with this material in the past to see their doctor and to contact us."

Ms Harris is accredited by the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers as a senior litigator and Wilson Nesbitt is an accredited practice.
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