Mesothelioma - Michael's story

“The surgeons said the biopsy had given a bad result and he was sorry that I got mesothelioma. It was a shock there's no doubt about it I basically asked him how long I had because I knew it was fatal. I thought was going to die within nine months. You can only get it through inhaling asbestos, there's a lot hazards in the building trade and that was one of them but it was one that could have been avoided.

I opted for chemo, the first four doses it never had much effect on me at all but then I had a blood clot in my leg which I had to go to hospital for. Fortunately enough I come through but I did have things like trouble with my eyes, trouble my legs and my hands. I've still got the effects now almost a year later.

We were given leaflets for solicitors to claim compensation contact.

We contacted Boyes Turner, through Boyes Turner's soliciting the insurance company made us an offer on their claim. I was advised that it should be more.

Dr. Jeremy Steele from St Bartholomew’s hospital is the top doctor in this country for this disease that I’ve got. Boyes Turner gave me his number and said I should contact him I asked him if was there any other medicine that I couldn't get on the NHS but that would be available and he said there was.

What happens with the immunotherapy, basically in a nutshell is it helps your immune system to identify the cancer cells then your immune system attacks the cancer cells and hopefully destroys them all.  Boyes Turner has been an outstanding solicitor. A claim was made which we succeeded in getting. On top of that claim we've got an extra payment for immunotherapy treatment which is not given on the NHS which give me a little bit of a lift. I've got money there to pay for the first dose which was one, I've also got enough money there to pay for another if need be and if I die in the meantime there's enough money  there for my wife to live on for the rest of her life.

That's what counts to me more than anything.”

The service was personal, professional and considered. I was treated so kindly and in the end I knew that not only had I found the right organisation but also the right person.

Boyes Turner client

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