Because we're worth it Bertie.!
A. have you ever worked in the civil service,or in any state property,at any time in the past 50 years?
B.Was there asbestos lagging in the cellar, the heating pipes,the walls, the roof, (or anywhere that you know of ) ?
C. Do you have a deep seated anxiety of contracting a life threatening disease such as Asbestosis?
D. Do you have a "dry cough" ?
E. Are you afraid of dying.?
If your answer is YES to all five questions; CONGRATULATIONS.! Don't die yet because, you are rich.!
(and,equally important- so is your solicitor and barrister!)
Contact your nearest solicitor without delay, to collect your cash bounty.
This years good news:
A FORMER electrician at Leinster House who brought a High Court action for damages after he claimed he was exposed to asbestos while working there, has settled his case for over €95,000.
Noel Hamilton, of Avonbeg Gardens, Tallaght, Dublin, had sued the Commission for Public Works, Ireland and the Attorney General.
He claimed he was exposed to large quantities of asbestos in the course of his employment and suffered severe personal injuries.
Mr Hamilton's Counsel, David Hardiman SC, said the plaintiff had worked in the basement of Leinster House from 1979 to 1990 and had also worked at Dublin Castle.
In Leinster House, he worked on the central heating system for the Dail and other Government buildings.
Counsel said Mr Hamilton was exposed to airborne asbestos fibres in the course of his work.
The court heard the defendants did not deny liability and the case was before the High Court to decide the nature of the injuries and damages.
Mr Hardiman added that there was large scale removal of asbestos at Leinster House on two occasions in the 1980s.
Counsel said Mr Hamilton and his colleagues saw "fully suited spacemen" working at the removal of what was subsequently recognised as asbestos containing pipe lagging.
Mr Hamilton, he said, made little note of it at the time but in the 1990s he developed a dry cough. His doctor referred him to a specialist and counsel said he still has a dry cough.
The notoriety of the dangers of asbestos, counsel said, had been been greatly heightened for Mr Hamilton.
Counsel said a number of people who worked with Mr Hamilton at Leinster House are now dead and all by repute either from cancer or respiratory problems.
Mr Hamilton, he added, now has a "deep-seated mental anxiety "in relation to asbestos which one consultant described as a post-traumatic syndrome.
The former electrician moved to Dublin Castle in 1990 on the understanding it was an asbestos free zone.
Last years the state thought it had won the battle.?
|State seeking €2.5m in costs over failed asbestos claims|
Health Correspondent (Irish Independent) 2005
THE State is now seeking the recovery of €2.5m from around 500 workers who took asbestos-related claims against the Office of Public Works.
The move has sent a clear message to those taking compensation claims that they will be pursued for legal costs if their case is not successful. ??
The State Claims Agency spent around €5,000 on fighting each of the failed cases. This relates to legal and medical costs spent by the State in the defence of the asbestos-related schemes.
However, the workers involved had not suffered any lung disease related to asbestos exposure and their claim was based on anxiety alone.
However, in its latest annual report, the State Claims Agency said since the Supreme Court had thrown out the claims it is now actively pursuing its costs.
The workers had originally been awarded compensation of between €62,000 and €76,000 in the High Court.
This outcome was successfully challenged in the Supreme Court by the State.
The agency said that to date it has received court orders in relation to a number of cases and it has had "some success" in recovering costs.
Pray ,why has it not had "complete" success, as all these cases would have been taken by ambulance chasing solicitors on a "No foal -No Fee" basis.' Do they not have to pay,even for their failed actions against the state any more.??
|07:59 Wednesday February 28th 2007|
The Government established the Personal Injuries Assessment Board in 2003 to make rulings on compensation claims without the need for the legal system.
However, reports this morning say almost 40% of of the board's rulings were rejected by claimants in the first two-and-a-half years of its existence.
Over 90% of claimants are also still opting to hire a solicitor to process their applications, despite the fact that the PIAB was designed to reduce the cost of insurance by taking lawyers out of the equation.
This morning's reports say the board has managed to reduce the cost of processing claims by around €30m since it was set up, but insurance companies have failed to pass on the full benefit to their customers.