Kent man launches appeal to find former colleagues of Houchin Limited in Ashford after asbestos disease diagnosis
A former employee of an Ashford-based aerospace manufacturer is looking to get in touch with former colleagues, after being diagnosed with mesothelioma – a type of cancer linked to asbestos exposure.
The man, who would like to remain anonymous at this time, is aged in his 70s and worked at Houchin Limited, later known as Houchin Aerospace Limited, in Ashford for a number of occasions between the 1960s and 2009. Throughout his employment periods, he worked in various departments.
Sadly, he was recently diagnosed with mesothelioma, an incurable type of lung cancer that is linked with exposure to asbestos. In order to pursue a legal claim that could help him secure compensation and access to private medical treatment, he would like to get in touch with former colleagues who can comment on the use of asbestos materials in their own jobs, or within the factory environment in general.
He has instructed Hodge Jones & Allen, to help in his search. The firm is aware of previous successful compensation cases where Houchin employees have been diagnosed with asbestos-related illnesses and are looking for those other claimants or their families to come forward.
His lawyer, Lorna Webster, said: “My client has been diagnosed with mesothelioma through no fault of his own, he just went to work. Many people worked at the Houchin premises across the many years my client worked there and I would ask those people to come forward with information about the use of asbestos materials.
“We know there have been previous successful claims against Houchin for asbestos related diseases – my client isn’t the first former employee to be affected by asbestos exposure and, unfortunately, I suspect he won’t be the last. If information can be gathered together about how employees were exposed to asbestos at work, it will assist not only my client but also others in the future who have yet to be affected by an asbestos disease as a result of working at the Houchin plant.”
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