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Six-figure settlement despite insurers disputing asbestosis claim on every allegation

Bridget Collier secured both an acknowledgement of negligence for exposure to asbestos and six-figure compensation to provide Kenneth Jonas with financial security and the chance to hire carers to deal with his asbestosis.

The insurers of F A Griggs & Son, his employer in the 1960s, disputed his asbestosis claim on every allegation despite such significant exposure their own medical expert acknowledged the levels had caused his asbestosis.

For 10 years, Kenneth worked in industrial outbuildings on farms and cut corrugated asbestos sheets known as ‘big six’ and asbestolux board for firedoors, exposing him to asbestos dust. He also worked around others using asbestos.

The company was no longer trading, but Fieldfisher has significant experience of tracing company insurance to pursue a claim. Bridget guided Kenneth through the process, obtaining expert evidence about his care needs to deal with his breathlessness and included the costs in the valuation of the claim.

Bridget said:

“I am pleased that there has been a resolution for Kenneth by an out of Court settlement despite the insurers resisting the claim throughout. They tried to suggest that the claim had been brought too late, however whilst the hospital had requested many x-rays and scans it was only after our medical expert in the case looked at those records that the diagnosis of asbestosis was made. I was happy to investigate the claim and delighted with the result.”

Following settlement, Kenneth said:

"Bridget was brilliant throughout – always keeping us informed about everything and explaining all the legal terms that were sometimes difficult to understand. We felt that we knew her which was lovely. Thank you."

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For further information about asbestosis claims, please call Bridget Collier on 0330 460 6740 or email

All enquiries are completely free of charge and we will investigate all funding options for you including no win, no fee. Find out more about no win no fee claims.

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