BM v. Badcock, Harland & Wolff and Cammell Laird Ship Building (BAE Systems Marine Ltd) – Birkenhead

The Claimant worked as an apprentice, later a boilermaker/ plater for the Defendants between 1946 and 1978.

During those years, he was negligently exposed to asbestos dust and was later diagnosed as suffering pleural plaque / diffuse pleural thickening and rounded atelectasis (folded lung).  Though initially disputed, liability was later conceded based on the substantial amount of evidence relied on form other cases brought for victims negligently exposed to asbestos in power stations and the  shipbuilding and ship repair industries.

The main arguments to be determined were the amount of damages to be paid and how responsibility was to be apportioned between the three Defendants where the exposure had been received.

The case was settled out of Court for a substantial sum of damages.


Posted on

5th September 2017