Angharad is a solicitor in the Industrial Disease department and has over three years of experience in dealing with asbestos related disease claims. She acts for patients suffering from asbestos related diseases including asbestosis, pleural thickening and mesothelioma, and also specialises in claims for silicosis.
Angharad has experience in handling claims with complex liability issues and multiple defendants to include secondary exposure cases.
Angharad is a keen supporter of charities who assist those suffering from asbestos related conditions including Mesothelioma UK and the Mavis Nye Foundation.
Angharad is proud to be able to assist her clients and families who are often going through a difficult time and provide them with financial compensation when they need it most. This can also include funds for ongoing private treatment options including immunotherapy that would not have otherwise been possible.
One of Angharad's recent cases was a former employee of Compass Sheet Metal between 1964 and 1975, who contacted Hugh James following his diagnosis with mesothelioma. Mr W was employed by Compass Sheet Metal between 1964 and 1975, and during this time was required to mix up asbestos lagging and apply it to pipework. Hugh James specialist asbestos lawyers were already aware of the details of the defendant and their employers’ liability insurers, and were able to expedite the claim. Liability was quickly admitted, and an interim payment of £50,000 was provided. Additionally, all heads of loss save for future treatment was agreed in the sum of £235,000. The matter was fully resolved within 10 months of instruction. In addition to monetary compensation, an unlimited financial indemnity agreement was agreed to enable Mr W to undergo private immunotherapy treatment.
Another recent case includes a Urastone worker who were part of British Eurolite. Ms W was diagnosed with lung cancer in January 2015, following historic asbestos exposure with Urastone where she worked between 1963 and 1965. Sadly, she passed away in April 2017, aged 74. Urastone manufactured asbestos products, and Ms W was required to cut asbestos sheets to the shape of a gas terminal. After this she placed the sheets in a mould which was put into a large industrial oven. Once they had been removed, she filed down the mould which exposed her to asbestos dust, and afterwards would use sandpaper to sand down the mould. A claim was subsequently bought on behalf of her estate, and it was estimated that her life expectancy had been reduced by 11 years as a result of her diagnosis of asbestos related cancer. Ms W was also a lifelong heavy smoker, and the key issue was whether she had suffered sufficient asbestos exposure in her short period of employment to satisfy Helsinki criteria. This was a particularly challenging issue in light of the claimant’s extensive smoking history.
- Qualified: 2017
- Trained at Hugh James
- Cardiff University: LLB Law 2013