Posted: April 29th, 2011
A former joiner, who contracted mesothelioma cancer after being exposed to asbestos, has won his claim for compensation against his former employers.
Mohammed Najib (71) from Newham, London, was employed as a joiner for the building company John Laing PLC between 1974 and 1980. During this period of time, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies heard at London’s High Court, he was exposed to asbestos and was diagnosed with mesothelioma cancer in 2009.
The court was told that Mr Najib is in constant pain from the cancer and the remaining months of his life will be painful and distressing. Mr Najib is relying on large quantities of morphine to get through each day, and is unable to attend the mosque.
Mrs Justice Nicola Davies awarded Mr Najib 80,000 pounds for his suffering, and further amounts to compensate for specialist equipment that has been bought, alternative treatments Mr Najib has undergone and – as the judge phrased it – his “lost years”.
The total overall sum of the compensation package totalled more than 175,000 pounds, and Mrs Justice Nicola Davies commented that “the level of damages for mesothelioma reflects the exceedingly painful nature of the disease.”
Posted: March 28th, 2011
A stable hand, injured in a fall from height at racehorse trainer Amanda Perrett’s Lambourn stables, has won a personal injury compensation claim for 127,500 pounds.
Kevin Parker had been steam cleaning a stable in the racing yard, when the scaffolding plank on which he had been standing tipped up, causing him to drop eight feet to the ground. As a result of the incident, Kevin fractured both of his heels – injuries which meant he had to spend a prolonged period of time in hospital, and was unable to resume his equestrian career after being discharged.
After taking legal counsel, Kevin sued Ms Perrett for failing to provide a safe environment in which to work and for being in contravention of the Work at Height Regulations (2005). Agreement was reached without court action.
Posted: March 24th, 2011
An Oxfordshire construction worker, who suffered severe spinal injuries when he tripped and fell from first-floor scaffolding, is to receive 1.25 million pounds in personal injury compensation.
Dean Winstone (47) from Hailey, Oxfordshire, was working on a Cornwall building site in 2006, when he tripped and fell from the scaffolding. Dean sustained terrible back injuries as a result of his fall and, having spent more than a year and a half in hospital is now confined to a wheelchair.
Dean sued the scaffolding firm, Gemini Riteway Scaffolding Ltd, and at the High Court in London the company agreed to settle Dean’s claim for a lump sum of 1.25 million pounds plus legal costs in respect of the pain and suffering he had experienced, lost earnings and future care.
The construction worker compensation settlement was agreed without admission of liability.