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True cost of asbestos in schools

Andrew James

Posted by Andrew James | Senior Associate
On 17th August 2016

More than 224 teachers have died of mesothelioma in the period between 2003 and 2012. We are now also seeing an increasing number of younger people diagnosed with mesothelioma and with no known occupational exposure. Sarah Bowman aged 49 was compensated when Brent Council settled her claim for mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbestos as a pupil at two schools in Brent. A 33 year old Devon woman is pursuing a claim that her mesothelioma was caused by asbestos exposure at school during maintenance works carried out.

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Removing all trace

Andrew James

Posted by Andrew James | Senior Associate
On 9th August 2016

The government proposal to delete records of companies after 6 years makes little sense to anyone trying to pursue industrial disease litigation. The DWP figures for mesothelioma victims for 2015/2016 has risen to over 3100. The disease has a latency of up to 60 years and the search for the company responsible for exposing a worker to asbestos has always been a difficult task.

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The needs of industry

Andrew James

Posted by Andrew James | Senior Associate
On 2nd August 2016

In the 1960s, faced with increasing scientific evidence that all types of asbestos caused mesothelioma the asbestos industry sought to fight back in the same way as the tobacco industry and establish a scientific counter argument. The early investigations into asbestos and mesothelioma made no differentiation between types of asbestos, they all caused mesothelioma.

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Court of appeal decides in favour of asbestosis victim – a victory for common sense

Isobel Lovett

Posted by Isobel Lovett | Partner
On 29th July 2016

Harry Steinberg QC and Aliyah Akram, both of 12 King’s Bench Walk chambers, successfully argued in the Court of Appeal that a 2.3% contribution to a claimant’s asbestosis constituted actionable damage.

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The difference between tobacco and asbestos?

Andrew James

Posted by Andrew James | Senior Associate
On 20th July 2016

Today if anyone quoted from the tobacco manufacturer’s scientific evidence that smoking does not cause lung cancer they would probably be laughed out of court. However, despite their own knowledge of the links, for many years they produced disinformation and funded scientific research to justify the continued sales of their product. Largely as the result of US litigation some of the realities of their strategy have come out.

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