A Bury Mesothelioma victim pleads for help, Asons Solicitors Comments

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According to the Manchester Evening News a retired mill worker who is dying from an asbestos-related cancer is urging former colleagues to help his compensation fight.

A devoted Grandfather-of-three David Barnes, 81, is currently suffering from mesothelioma, a deadly cancer caused by inhaling the asbestos dust. A dust that is released when working with or breaking Asbestos containing materials. (1)

He is hoping that his former colleagues can provide additional information about the environment of the two textile mills where he previously worked; to aid him in his pursuit of Mesothelioma compensation.(1)

Mr Barnes, from Bury, claims that asbestos was used extensively in the boiler rooms, however Mr Barnes or any of the other members of staff were not given any indication as to how dangerous working with asbestos was, nor were they provided with any protective equipment. (1)

Thomas Fairclough, Asons Executive stated that:

Asbestos Related Illnesses can lead to a slow painful death and can take up to 40 years to show symptoms. If other members of staff at these have also been exposed to asbestos fibres they may also be entitled to make an asbestos claim in the future.”

Commenting on his Mesothelioma Mr Barnes said: “This disease has had a dreadful effect on my life.

“I am virtually housebound and can no longer care for my wife Pamela, who herself has a heart condition and finds it difficult to do very much around the house.
“It is so frustrating to know that, had I been told of the dangers of asbestos by my employer and given just a simple mask for use in dangerous areas, I would not be suffering now as I am.”

During his employment Mr Barnes worked in clerical and sales at two mills in Heywood and Oldham once owned by a company called I&J Hyman Ltd, however the company no longer operates. Mr Barnes fell ill in October last year, when he initially developed a cough and soon noticed that he often found himself short of breath. (1)

Upon his first visit to his doctor he was prescribed antibiotics for a misdiagnosed chest infection, but they made no difference, after a few weeks he was rushed to hospital, where they discovered that he had a collapsed lung. (1)

Further tests revealed that he was suffering from the asbestos related disease mesothelioma that was inoperable, malignant and incurable. (1)

The pensioner is urging former colleagues to contact his solicitor, to tell them about conditions at the two mills.

He said: “I would be so grateful if any of my old colleagues or people could get in contact.” Asbestos-related cancer is most likely to be work related.

Mr Barnes’ solicitor stated that: “I&J Hyman Ltd had mills on Adelaide Street, in Heywood, and on Derker Street, in Oldham.

“Both mills had large boiler rooms where we believe asbestos lagging was used and it seems there was asbestos lagged piping elsewhere in the mill.

“I would be extremely interested to talk to anyone who worked at either Hyman mill at any time from the 1950s to the 1980s.”

Asons Solicitors suggest that if someone would like to learn more about asbestos related diseases, or if they would like to better understand the Mesothelioma claims process, that information is available at http://www.asons.co.uk, or via an expert helpline on 01204 521 133.

(1)    Bury asbestos victim pleads for help in battle for - http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/bury-asbestos-victim-pleads-help-5753589 – HSE August 2013

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About Asons Solicitors:

Asons Solicitors is a Bolton-based law practice that specialises in personal injury and industrial disease claims. Founded by brothers Imran Akram and Kamran Akram, Asons Solicitors has developed to become a young and dynamic law firm that delivers practical solutions to clients in times of difficulty. Their continued focus on their staff has seen them awarded with the Investors in People “Gold Award”; which is reflected in the professional and personable approach they take in working with clients. They strive to grow and to develop, and their supportiveness and attention to detail ensures that their clients use them time and again.

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