Retired Vicar is diagnosed with asbestos related lung disease
Retired Vicar who lives in Leeds developed symptoms of breathlessness and was subsequently diagnosed with pleural thickening. A year later he also found out that he was suffering from asbestosis.
It is thought that the man was exposed to asbestos in the 1960’s with a Middlesbrough based Haigh & Ringrose and with ICI Wilton between 1973 and 1980.
Recalling his employments, the man advised that “I remember spending my first few weeks doing domestic work but for the majority of the time I was based on industrial sites. This included the British Steel site in Middlesbrough, their site at Southbank and I also spent a lot of time at the British Steel Lackenby site. I also worked at ICI Wilton site prior to being employed there as, Haigh & AMP; Ringrose helped with the construction of the olefins fireworks. So much my role involved crawling through small spaces and amongst pipe work lagged with asbestos. There was so much of the material around that I was virtually eating it at times. I used to work closely with laggers and pipe fitters and was never given a mask or warned of any dangers.”
The man who joined the Church of England in 1980 became a Vicar is now seeking answers for those who may have worked in the same places as him during the same times.
Pleural thickening is a thickening of the pleural surfaces, usually visceral in a surface. It can also involve the partial plural thickening can be caused by lower doses of asbestos than are required to cause asbestosis. The latency period from exposure to manifestation of the disease is around 20 years or more.
Asbestosis is a scarring of the lungs caused by the inhalation of significant amounts of asbestos fibres. It is a slow growth of fibrous tissue in or around the air sacs of the lungs and has an appearance similar to a spider’s web. The effect of this fibrous growth is that it strangles the lung. When symptomatic, a sufferer of asbestosis may have shortness of breath, a cough and/or chest pain.
“Plueral thickening and asbestosis can be incredibly debilitating illnesses that progressively get worse over time. It can often lead the sufferers to be rendered house bound requiring nursing care and additional oxygen to help them breathe. The quality of life is seriously affected as a result. There is also an increased risk that they may develop mesothelioma, form of asbestos related cancer, as a result of these conditions. ”
Johnathan Steventon-Kiy and the Industrial Disease team at Swain & Co Solicitors regularly win compensation for their clients who suffer from industrial diseases, including asbestos related illnesses. If you, a family member or a friend suffer from an industrial disease contact our team today on 0800 0351 999.