A dying lady has won a blockbuster case against a corporation for historic environmental asbestos exposure.
The woman lived just 500 yards away from Turner Brothers, an asbestos plant at Hindley Green when she was between 5 and 19 years old. Now she is 61 years old.
After being exposed to the dust for years, she has now successfully recovered in excess of £70,000 in compensation from ‘Turner and Newall Asbestos after being diagnosed with deadly asbestos-related cancer in year 2012.
She said clouds of hazardous asbestos dust had been visible in the environment as they were growing up. Asbestos fibers would get on their clothes while paying in the fields which surrounded the plant during her childhood, she said.
She said she remembers asbestos fibers being brought into her house on clothes and shoes of the visitors. Asbestos fibers lined the outer window panes, she said. She is said to be the very 1st person to be compensated for asbestos exposure from the Hindley Green asbestos plant.
The plaintiff was a good runner. She visited her General Practitioner after experiencing breathlessness. A chest X-ray was taken and a shadow was found on her lung. Later she was diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma, a terminal form of lung cancer.
She says the disease completely shattered her life. She said she developed the fatal cancer only because she lived close to the Turner Brothers factory in Hindley. She says she had always been fit, active and busy. This is the most distressing time in her life, she said.
The plaintiff was represented by Thompson Solicitors, a law firm specializing in cases relating to industrial diseases such as mesothelioma. Her attorneys successfully secured compensation of £70,000 from ‘Turner and Newall Asbestos Trust,’ the fund established for compensating individuals exposed asbestos fibers by the company.
Steven Dickens, the attorney represented the plaintiff, said many individuals diagnosed with malignant mesothelioma were exposed to asbestos fibers before several decades while doing their job. Because of its long latency period, mesothelioma patients are generally diagnosed with the disease much later in life, Dickens said. However, in this case, occupational exposure was not the cause. The plaintiff was exposed to the deadly fibers while living near to the Turner Brothers plant, he said. According to Dickens, it was the 1st successful malignant mesothelioma claim in connection with the environmental asbestos exposure from the Hindley Green plant.