Man diagnosed with Mesothelioma given six figure compensation


Man diagnosed with Mesothelioma given six figure compensation

A man who spent over a year cutting asbestos sheets without protective equipment has been awarded a six-figure payout.

David Lawrence was diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to deadly fibres at a former builders’ merchant.
The 79-year-old, from Maldon, Essex, said it was “wrong that our former employers knowingly put us all in danger”.

Solicitor Lorna Webster, who took on the case, said “no amount of compensation” would give Mr Lawrence back his previously good health.

He worked in the cutting area at John Sadd & Sons in Maldon, in 1961, and used to cut the sheeting into strips for builders to fit as soffits, under the guttering of houses.


Quality of Life

Mr Lawrence’s solicitor said he was not given any protective equipment by his employer to stop him inhaling the asbestos dust.

His diagnosis meant he struggled to leave his house and lost his quality of life.
“It is unfair that people who worked hard like me were put in such danger by our employers,” said Mr Lawrence.

“I urge anyone who has worked in an environment like mine, to get checked and to seek both medical and legal help – even if the company is out of business.”

John Sadd & Sons was founded in 1729 in the coastal town and closed in 1994.

Mr Lawrence has been supported by the London Asbestos Support Awareness Group (LASAG).

Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the lining that covers the outer surface of some of the body’s organs. It is almost always linked to asbestos exposure and is incurable.