18 December 2015 | Firm news | Article by Kathryn Singh
At a preliminary hearing on 16 December the High Court ordered that the deadline for former British Coal coke oven workers to join the group taking legal action against the company to be extended. The deadline has been extended from 12 February 2016 to 24 April 2016.
During a landmark trial against a Phurnacite plant in South Wales, it was proven that hazardous fumes and dust particles given out during the coking process could cause serious illnesses such as emphysema, chronic bronchitis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, chronic obstructive airways disease, temporary exacerbation of asthma, lung and skin cancer. It is hoped that former British Coal coke oven workers suffering with these illnesses will also be able to seek compensation.
Over 450 former coke oven workers have made enquiries about registering their claim, but it is thought that there are hundreds more that could be affected. Anyone wishing to join the group register is urged to do so before 24 February 2016, to allow enough time for circumstances surrounding their claim to be investigated.
The register is not just open to British Coal coke oven workers. Families of coke oven workers who have passed away as a result of skin or respiratory illnesses linked to their work are also urged to join the register and seek justice for their loved ones.
If you would like to join the register contact us online or call 0808 250 8994 for free advice.