Witness Appeal Secures Vital Treatment for Former Scrap Metal Worker

11 August 2020

A former labourer for John Cashmore Limited has today issued a ‘heartfelt thanks’ to the people of Newport, Wales, after an appeal for witnesses helped him secure access to a care package that will fund vital cancer treatment.

Glyndwr Lovesey, 69, was diagnosed with the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma in August 2019 having undergone a biopsy to investigate why he was suffering from shortness of breath.

As his condition deteriorated, he was forced to give up work as a saw operator at a timber merchants, and he went on to instruct leading Asbestos Claims Solicitors at Simpson Millar to carry out an investigation into whether more could and should have been done to protect him from exposure to deadly asbestos dust.

The former labourer left school at the age of 15, when he began working for the large scrap metal merchants John Cashmore Limited between approximately 1966 and 1971.

Staying with the company for around five years, he worked in the hanger where he was responsible for breaking down and processing large pieces of metal; including old steam and heating pipes from ships.

It was during this time that he recalls coming into contact with asbestos as he stripped the lagging off the sections of pipes – often coming into contact with huge volumes of dust that got into his clothes and hair.

A witness appeal issued late last year resulted in a number of local people reaching out to provide information, and in April 2020 the insurers for John Cashmore admitted liability for Mr Lovesey’s illness.

His Solicitors have now secured financial compensation and a treatment package that will provide him and his family with some financial security given his diagnosis and inability to work, as well as access to immunotherapy treatment which will hopefully help to extend his life and is not normally available on the NHS.

Speaking of his gratitude Mr Lovesey said, “I cannot express how truly grateful I am for those who came forward and provided the vital information needed.

“A huge, heartfelt thanks from me and my wife.

“Since my diagnosis I have been forced to give up work, and my condition has deteriorated rapidly. It’s incredibly hard to think that all of this could have been prevented had I been provided with the necessary personal protective equipment while I was doing my job.

“I am also incredibly grateful to my Asbestos Solicitors at Simpson Millar for their help in securing access to the care package that is now funding my immunotherapy treatment.

“I am determined to take every opportunity to extend my life and to spend more time with my family.”

Anthony Waddington of Simpson Millar’s specialist industrial disease team who represented Mr Lovesey said, “We’re delighted to have been able to support Mr Lovesey in his battle for answers, and to secure a compensation package that will provide him and his family with some financial peace of mind, and access to important treatment which is not ordinarily available on the NHS.”

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