Asbestos Claim against NHS Hospital Trust
Mr Humphrey developed pleural thickening as a result of his exposure to asbestos whilst working as an electrician between 1978 to 1989 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. Unfortunately Mr Humphrey had a complicated medical condition unrelated to his asbestosis which was calculated at 10% of the total disability.
Proceedings were commenced and the hospital subsequently denied liability producing a witness statement from a former engineer confirming all asbestos had been removed.
Defendants denied causation on the basis that the claimant did not have an asbestos related condition and that in any event the claim was statute barred and the claimant knew or ought to have known that he had an asbestos related condition within three years before proceedings were commenced.
The case was listed for trial on the 1st December 2005 and shortly before trial the defendants made two offers to settle, the second of which was accepted by the claimant.
Claiming Asbestos Compensation from the NHS
The National Health Service employs thousands of people and these days hospitals are generally safe places to work as far as asbestos exposure is concerned. However, many of the buildings are old and used to have asbestos in the walls, ceilings, pipes and boilers. If you worked as a maintenance engineer, janitor or builder in hospitals from the 1950s to the 1970s, you may have been in contact with asbestos.
If you have been recently diagnosed with an asbestos related disease as a result of that exposure, you can claim compensation from the NHS. Our asbestos solicitors have brought numerous claims for compensation against the National Health Service from maintenance engineers to nurses. For more details on whether you can make a claim, contact us on the free-phone number below and ask for Warren Miller or Kathy Cooke.