Landmark legal settlement after former engineer diagnosed with asbestos-related cancer
James Casey, 63, instructed solicitors to find out how he came into contact with the deadly substance after being diagnosed with peritoneal mesothelioma.
It was found that grandfather-of-six Mr Casey, of Halifax, West Yorkshire, was most likely exposed to asbestos when working for the former North Eastern Gas Board between 1969 and 1980.
Law firm Irwin Mitchell secured a settlement which will cover Mr Casey’s future medical costs, including for treatments which are not currently available or have not yet been developed.
Mr Casey, who is married to Yvonne, said: “I was never told about the dangers of asbestos during my time at the company but if I had known more I would have asked for protective equipment.
“Mesothelioma has had a huge impact on my life and my entire family was devastated when I received the diagnosis.
“While nothing will now change what the future holds, I am thankful to Irwin Mitchell for their support and am relieved that this settlement will ensure I will always be able to access the care and treatment that I need.”
Mesothelioma solicitor Ian Toft said the settlement was an important step forward for victims of mesothelioma and other asbestos-related illnesses. He said: “The ultimate benefit of such an agreement is simply peace of mind, as it ensures that our client does not face uncertainty regarding his access to treatment.
“Furthermore, with new treatments constantly in development but costs also on the rise, it ensures that our client will be able to benefit from whatever is required. This is a hugely important development which ensures that those whose lives have been touched by the terrible legacy of asbestos can get the support they need at a difficult time.”