A Wroughton woman has got £145,000 in damages from British Railways (BR) after the tragic death of her life partner from exposure to asbestos fibers.
Sheila Simpson launched the case following a post-mortem testing that showed Robin – her husband – died from malignant mesothelioma. He died within 12 months after he began feeling unwell.
The settlement was negotiated out of court. British Rail has agreed to pay Sheila Simpson all the legal expenses as well.
A top industrial illness attorney represented Mrs. Simpson in the case.
According to her attorney, Robin’s condition was diagnosed only after his terrible death. The attorney said this case is a good example to show how long an asbestos-related disease could take to develop and, once diagnosed, how fast it can kill the victim.
Robin joined British Railways when he was just 15 years old. He was a coach builder there. Robin had worked in many railway shops and in all those shops he was substantially exposed to toxic fibers of asbestos.
“Many coach builders in the U.K have died because of exposure to asbestos fibers at Swindon railway works,” Robin’s attorney said.
“Now the British Railway knows very well regarding the degree of this issue and the reality that a lot of individuals have developed diseases after working there. Robin was initially exposed to asbestos fibers at BR in year 1950. This implies asbestos-related diseases can take as much as 60 years to start showing their symptoms,” the attorney said. He said asbestos-linked deaths are likely to rise over the years to come.
A number of men as well as women are dying from asbestos-related diseases each year, and in most of the cases BR is the culprit. As many cases are linked to exposure to asbestos from Swindon railway works, it has also been labeled as “Swindon Disease” in the UK.
“It is vital for the individuals those who worked on the British Rail to remain cautious, especially if they believe they had exposed to asbestos. Asbestos is a notorious carcinogen and therefore, if they develop any type of chest issues, they must undergo a thorough medical checkup,” Simpson said.
“It is a good thing that the British Rail is now aware of the issue. If someone is able to show that they had worked there and exposed to asbestos, BR would usually settle the claim out of court – as what happened in this case too,” Simpson’s attorney said.