As­bestos claimant Colin seek­ing help

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ jamie.lopez@reach­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

AFORMER pipe fit­ter suf­fer­ing from a lung dis­ease be­lieves it may have been caused dur­ing his years work­ing with as­bestos.

Colin Vaill, 56, from Skelmersdale, was di­ag­nosed with pleu­ral thick­en­ing – a dis­ease in which scar­ring thick­ens the lin­ing of the lungs – about 18 months ago and now wants for­mer col­leagues to help him gain an­swers about the ill­ness.

Colin, who is mar­ried to Jeanette, first worked as a labourer for Liver­pool-based Abaar En­gi­neer­ing for eight months in 1977.

He then re­turned to the com­pany as a pipe fit­ter and welder be­tween 1988 and 1990, be­fore head­ing back again for a third pe­riod which ran from 1990 to 1997.

He now be­lieves that ex­po­sure to as­bestos in this work had led to the dis­ease and has lawyers in Ir­win Mitchell’s spe­cial­ist as­bestos-re­lated dis­ease team to help him un­der­stand how his ill­ness emerged and whether more could have been done to pre­vent it.

He said: “My role for the com­pany in­volved a lot of com­mer­cial work, in­clud­ing projects at the Liver­pool docks and also at the Tate & Lyle build­ing too. The job ba­si­cally meant I had to rip old lag­ging off both pipes and boil­ers, be­fore then re­pair­ing and re­plac­ing the pipework.

“It is hugely frus­trat­ing to think that my ill­ness has de­vel­oped as a re­sult of my work and it begs the ques­tion as to why more was not done to pro­tect me from the risks.

“I am des­per­ate for an­swers in re­la­tion to this and any help would be hugely ap­pre­ci­ated.”

As part of their work, the le­gal ex­perts are keen to hear from any­one who worked with Colin when he was em­ployed by Abaar En­gi­neer­ing in three stints dur­ing the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.

Ar­mon Mom­enabadi, the so­lic­i­tor and spe­cial­ist as­bestos lawyer at Ir­win Mitchell’s Manch­ester of­fice who is rep­re­sent­ing Colin, said: “The de­tails of this case are like many we come across day af­ter day, with a vic­tim devel­op­ing a se­ri­ous as­bestosre­lated ill­ness many years af­ter they are thought to have been ex­posed to such ma­te­ri­als.

“It is a tragic and un­for­tu­nate truth that as­bestos has had a huge and ter­ri­ble im­pact on so many lives down the years and we are de­ter­mined to do ev­ery­thing we can to help Colin get an­swers re­gard­ing his own con­di­tion.

“We would be hugely grate­ful to any­one who can help us in this fight to se­cure him the jus­tice he de­serves.”

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion re­lated to this case is urged to con­tact Ar­mon Mom­enabadi at Ir­win Mitchell’s Manch­ester of­fice on 0161 838 3099 or email Ar­mon.Mom­enabadi@Ir­winMitchell.com.

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