Industrial Disease Specialist Peter Williams acted for Graham Mason who was diagnosed with mesothelioma at Southend Hospital in August 2011. Graham worked as a fitters mate for J.W. Coward & Co of Chelmsford in the 1960s. He worked alongside laggers in schools and hospitals where he was required to mix and strip asbestos from pipes and boiler work with his bare hands in tight confined spaces. His employer provided no protective equipment.
In February 2011, Graham began to notice intense chest pains and shortness of breath and was submitted to hospital. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma and was no longer able to undertake basic care activities such as cooking, cleaning and gardening.
The company Graham worked for was long dissolved and had no assets. Insurers could not be traced by the Association of British Insurers. Fieldfisher searched their databases and was able to find two cases in which we had been able to pursue the company in the 1990s and had recovered compensation. AXA were identified as the responsible insurers for the company in those cases. AXA had no documentary or witness record of insuring the company but we were able to refer them to evidence from a director of the company taken in the 1990s to confirm that they were responsible for the insurance.
Despite initially defending the claim AXA finally agreed that they were responsible. Peter Williams successfully negotiated a global settlement of £210,000, allowing Graham to obtain the compensation he deserves.
At the end of the case, Graham had this to say about Peter:
"Peter is extremely professional and is obviously very experienced at his job. He is very friendly, compassionate and a truly nice fellow. I wish we had met under different circumstances. I have already recommended his services to Southend and Guy's hospital."
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