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Case Study

Damages recovered from Southwest Electricity Board following exposure to asbestos from service heaters

Peter Williams acted for Mr B of Penzance, Cornwall. He instructed Fieldfisher in October 2012 following his diagnosis of mesothelioma. Mr B has spent his early life as an electrician working for the Southwest Electricity Board (SWEB) and remembered in the 1970s working in the boiler room at West Cornwall Hospital in Penzance where asbestos lagged pipe work was cut down. He also recalled servicing "Constor" service heaters.

Peter was aware that these heaters contained asbestos blocks from a previous case against their manufacturers Parkinson Cowan. He was able to source service manuals from the early 1970s from his previous case conducted over 10 years ago; these proved that the service heaters contained asbestos.

The research enabled SWEBs successors to make an early admission of liability. The case was settled for £320,000 in compensation within five months of Peter being instructed.

After the case was concluded, Mr B said:
"Peter was efficient. He handled the case relatively quickly; in a professional and straightforward manner."

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