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Asbestos and coal dust claim win for power station worker

A power station worker with asbestos and coal dust disease has won five figure provisional damages in a case which might help others.

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Read how we helped a retired power station worker suffering due to exposure to coal and asbestos dust and how we got over the hurdles to his claim.

Power Station asbestos and coal case – the facts

Our client Mr B was born in 1949.  He had a variety of jobs in the building industry in his earlier working life. From 1977 to 1982 he worked at Ferrybridge C power station in the coal plants and plant driving. In this job he was exposed to the coal at the site all day long. He then moved from 1982 to 1985 to work at Drax Power Station as part of the maintenance team. In this job he was exposed to asbestos dust and fibres and some pulverised fuel (PF) dust.

Mr B had been a smoker but had given up recently.

After retirement Mr B started to notice that his breathing was suffering.  First of all he applied for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit. He was given an award of 10% for D9 – Diffuse Plueral Thickening. He asked us to look into a claim for compensation.

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Thousands of power station workers have been exposed to coal and asbestos dust

Asbestos and coal dust – the medical work

When starting work on his case it was clear that Mr B’s chest health was more complicated than first thought. We looked at his medical history and his work life as well. The exact cause and root of his breathing problems was not clear.  We approached a leading chest doctor to ask about the effects of the coal dust and the asbestos exposure.

The doctor thought at first that the complex picture made it hard to draw out and blame any disability due to the coal dust or asbestos. Whilst Mr B had been given benefit the test for a claim for compensation is more strict. To make sure this claim did not get challenged she thought some further investigations were needed or the case might not succeed.

What happened next?

We had seen Mr B and our view was that he was clearly disabled and this needed looking into.  We made arrangements for further scans. In addition we organised lung function tests to find out the true situation.

In 2018 armed with this information we went back to the medical expert. The pieces of the jigsaw were put together and she was able to look at this again. The expert found that the Mr B was 20% disabled. Of this COPD was causing 15% disability and a further 5% was due to the asbestos-related diffuse pleural thickening.

And then to the Defendant

Because we had this evidence we went with this solid and robust evidence and put it to the defendants.  We had to issue court proceedings under the three-year limitation rules which meant defendant solicitors were involved. They quickly saw that this was a solid case and we quickly agreed five figure provisional damages settlement.

Power station asbestos and coal dust – Corries Comment

Corries asbestos specialist Maria McMurray who settled the case said

“I am really pleased that we have won this claim. At first it seemed like the medical expert had potentially put an end to any claim.  However it was clear that Mr B had been exposed to a lot of asbestos and coal dust and that both must have had some impact (as well as his smoking) on his general health.

As solicitors we have to carefully weigh up those cases that we run to court proceedings but we felt that Mr B’s case deserved that input.

I am glad to see that we were proved right. This more precise medical evidence has revealed the true picture and informed Mr B and us of the modest risks that could affect his future. Knowing what might be ahead and having provision for it has given him great peace of mind. By securing this provisional damages settlement Mr B’s future is secure should his asbestos disease get worse.”

If you know someone affected by asbestos disease or coal dust from working in power stations we might be able to help. Call us FREE for a no obligation chat on 0800 083 7839. Click for more information about asbestos compensation here


Client Testimonials

£28,000 Awarded

Gloria Langton

“I don’t think I could have coped without you and your professionalism especially on the day of the final inquest which was particularly harrowing for me. Your kindness and patience towards my father whilst he was ill was also very much appreciated.  I have and will continue to recommend you to friends, colleagues and family for your services.”


£19,000 Awarded

Ms Meakin

“I am very happy that this claim is now finally settled and thank you so much for the service you provided. It was exemplary. And you have been most patient with my numerous phone calls.”

£118,000 Awarded

Ms F Johnson

“I would like to thank you for your kindness to my Mother Marion Harrison during the last months regarding the claim against the MOD due to Roy’s untimely passing. Roy was one of the finest men I have ever known. Mum has appreciated all your efforts and expertise on her behalf. Thank you.”

£90,000 Awarded

Mrs V Rogers

“On behalf of Adrian and myself I would like to thank you very much for your help and endeavours to reach this satisfactory outcome.”

£22,500 Awarded

Mrs Andrews, Hertfordshire.

“I am delighted to confirm receipt of our cheque concluding our case. Thank you so much for your support throughout the process. I have really appreciated your balanced guidance and sensitivity which gave me the confidence to pursue the claim. Hopefully we won’t need your services again but if we do we will certainly be in contact! So thank you again and wishing you every success in the future.”

£55,000 Awarded

Charles & Ann Parker, Bracknell.

“Ann and I want to thank you very much for all your hard work in the successful conclusion of my case. It has been a great pleasure, once again thank you for everything”

£1,024 Awarded

Pamela Tegg, Southampton.

“I thank you most sincerely for all the effort you put in on my behalf. I hope your employers are proud of the fact you work so efficiently and to such high standards.”

£9,000 Awarded

Keith Aston, Bristol.

“Thank you for the cheque for £9,000 in settlement of my claim. Fingers crossed there will not be any further accidents; however I would like to thank you for the professional manner you dealt with my accident claim. The most important part of a solicitors job is communication and I must thank you for the way you kept me updated on what was going on.”

£130,000 Awarded

June Abbott, York.

“Thank you for handling Peters claim and getting settlement.”


£20,000 Awarded

Anthony Richards, Hull.

“It was always nice talking to you. You were always there! And made me feel secure and important for the few moments.”


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