70-year-old Asbestos Victim Receives Compensation

Roland Lakin of Chorley, Lancashire, was diagnosed as suffering from mesothelioma in the summer of 2009. The 70-year-old was informed that, as there is no known cure for mesothelioma, his condition was terminal and could claim his life within a matter of months. Mesothelioma is a form of cancer that occurs predominantly in the lining of the lungs; however, the condition can also be located in the stomach. As with asbestosis, mesothelioma is heavily linked to exposure to asbestos fibres, which are typically inhaled into the lungs or ingested. Sadly, Mr Lakin’s condition was especially poignant as his wife, Thelma, had died of the same disease in 2006.

In a recent claim for compensation, it was established that Mr Lakin came into contact with the harmful asbestos fibres whilst working for Darlington Insulation Limited between 1964 and 1974. Personal injury claims of this nature can be notoriously difficult to settle; however, in Mr Lakin’s case, prompt legal action has resulted in his receiving an out-of-court settlement of £169,000.

Mr Lakin’s case was initially actioned by representatives from the trade union, Unite, who instructed specialist personal injury solicitors to process the claim. North West Regional Secretary of Unite, Paul Finegan, commented: “It is heartbreaking that Mr Lakin and his first wife both developed mesothelioma”. Mr Finegan added that asbestos related conditions have affected workers across all sectors of employment, not just those in manufacturing and construction. No Win No Fee has helped many people who have suffered injury or illness at their place of work claim compensation against their current or former employers.

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