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Dushal Mehta acted for Mr Edward Crippin in a claim against the Ministry of Defence. Mr Crippin had previously worked at Chatham Dockyard as an apprentice shipwright and a qualified shipwright from approximately 1957 until 1964. During this time, he was exposed to large quantities of asbestos having carried out construction and repair work onboard the ships. He was often removing asbestos lagging and working inside the engine room and boiler house. He was required to take the lagging off with his hands.

After Mr Crippin left the dockyard, he joined Kent County Constabulary as a Constable and spent 30 years with them. Towards the end of his career, he spent time working as a Coroner's Officer and a Gaoler in the Magistrates Court.

Mr Crippin instructed Dushal Mehta to bring a claim after he was diagnosed with mesothelioma and Dushal managed to settle Mr Crippin's claim for £170,000 within 14 weeks of being instructed.

At the end of the case Mr Crippin had this to say about Dushal:
"I would like to thank you for all the hard work and research that you have undertaken on my behalf. I was very surprised that the Dockyard accepted the claim without question, this was obviously due to the professional way that you prepared my case. I was amazed at the final amount; it has ensured my wife and I will have a secure future. Thank you for the prompt way you dealt with my claim."


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