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15 August 2023 | Witness Appeals | Article by Richard Green

Witness appeal: Did you work at The British Oxygen Company?


The specialist asbestos claims team at Hugh James have been instructed by the family of Mrs Christine Davies to investigate a civil compensation claim following her diagnosis and sad death from mesothelioma.

Michael Terence Leahy, former employee of The British Oxygen Company

Mesothelioma is an asbestos-related cancer, the only known cause of which is previous exposure to asbestos. In order to pursue a successful civil compensation claim, we need to be able to demonstrate how Mrs Davies came into contact with asbestos.

We believe that Mrs Davies’ father, Mr Michael Terence Leahy (Terry) was exposed to asbestos whilst working as a fitter cylinder examiner for The British Oxygen Company, in Cardiff from 1961 to 1982. Mr Leahy worked at The British Oxygen Company for his entire career and brought the harmful substance unwittingly back to his family home on his work clothes and in the dust in his hair, whilst Mrs Davies lived there. Mrs Davies would hug her father as he came home from work and combed his hair, causing dust to fill the air around her, which she would then breathe in.

Mrs Davies’ family is now appealing for help from former colleagues who might be able to shed some light on the use of asbestos at The British Oxygen Company and how Mr Leahy might have come into contact with the harmful substance.

Mrs Davies’ family commented: “Christine has left a huge whole in our family and is sorely missed. It would be extremely helpful for anyone who worked with Christine’s father, Terry to come forward and help us with our investigations. Anyone who has any information that worked for British Oxygen Company, even if they did not know or work with Terry. Please come forward so that we can bring justice for Christine”

Asbestos-related solicitor at Hugh James’ Cardiff office, Kay Tucker, has said: “It would be really beneficial to be able to speak to some of Mr Leahy’s former work colleagues. I would encourage anyone who has information about asbestos exposure with this company to come forward, even if they didn’t work directly with Mr Leahy. Mrs Davies’ family will be extremely grateful to anyone who is able to provide assistance”.

Armed with the experience and specialist knowledge that is required for this complex area, Hugh James has helped thousands of people who have been either injured or developed an illness as a result of their work.

Anyone who worked with Mr Leahy, or who worked for The British Oxygen Company, who has information regarding asbestos exposure should contact Kay Tucker on 02922 676 214.

Author bio

Richard is a Partner and head of the asbestos litigation team. Richard specialises in asbestos-related disease claims and has recovered millions of pounds in compensation for his clients.

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