A former British rail worker has been awarded asbestos compensation after developing an asbestos related illness due to his five years as an apprentice in the industry from 1949.
David Stevenson, 79, told the Derby Telegraph how he had been exposed to asbestos whilst visiting the firm’s workshops during his apprenticeship, and also came into contact with blue asbestos during duties to remove the substance from tins to use for packing.
About three years ago, Mr Stevenson began to experience breathing difficulties, which was later confirmed as pleural thickening in the lining of the lungs. It is a benign condition yet Mr Stevenson is worried that it could become something serious and has claimed asbestos compensation from BRB (Residuary) Ltd; the company in control of all liabilities associated with the former British Railway Board.
After serving his apprenticeship from the age of 16 at Derby Locomotive works, Mr Stevenson moved into administration and a number of different roles within British Rail during his career before retiring at the age of 55.
Asbestos Compensation Eases a Worried Mind of a Family Man
Mr Stevenson has decided not to disclose the amount of asbestos compensation he has received. He was surprised at the change in his health and encourages others in a similar situation to claim compensation just as he did for the sake of his wife, Eileen, 74, as much as for himself.
He said, “I’ve always been fit but I started to find I was quite breathless, particularly if I took the dog for a walk.
“When they [the doctors] first asked me if I worked with asbestos, I said no. But then I remembered using the blue asbestos out of the tins and that I’d breathed it in around the workshops.”
Make a Claim for Asbestos Compensation
Asbestosis, mesothelioma and other asbestos related illnesses can often take decades to materialise and for symptoms to become apparent, as in the case of Mr Stevenson. They are also often, life threatening and a difficult time for the victim and their family.
If you feel you have become ill due to your past employment and exposure to asbestos, you could be entitled to seek asbestos compensation. To find out more, contact Duncan Gibbins Solicitors on . We have a team of industrial disease solicitors who have a wealth of experience in dealing with claims for asbestos compensation, speak to a member of the team today with a free, no obligation consultation.
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