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21 July 2009 / personal-injury-news
A hospital plumber with just months left to live has been awarded £175,000 in an asbestos-related claim. With the help of UNISON, Alan Ward from Weston-super-Mare, won his personal injury claim against Yorkshire and Humber Strategic Health Authority. The 61-year-old is suffering from mesothelioma, a cancer of the lung lining induced by inhaling asbestos.
Ward was exposed to asbestos regularly while working in Wakefield hospitals between 1964 and 1972. He had never been warned about the potential dangers to his health, and had never been provided with any protective clothing. UNISON’s General Secretary, Dave Prentis, said Ward was just one of the many employees whose jobs had cost them their lives.
‘Alan is one of a growing number of workers whose health has been fatally damaged just through going to work,’ he said. Prentis also emphasised the need for employers to take health and safety risks seriously, stating: ‘Employers have to face up to their responsibilities to make sure they don’t put their workers at risk of injury or death.’
Inhalation of asbestos particles can also lead to the lung condition asbestosis. People working in professions such as mining, plumbing and building without adequate health and safety training often show symptoms of serious asbestos-related diseases due to their regular contact with the material.
Mesothelioma and asbestosis compensation claims can be made following such exposure to asbestos. Symptoms of asbestos-related conditions can include shortness of breath, tightness of the chest and chest pain.
If you think you might be suffering from asbestosis or mesothelioma, call the National Accident Helpline today for free advice and information about making a personal injury claim.
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