Evidence published in the public Interest:
From 6th – 13th April 2017 @ 1000 there will be a public Coroner’s inquest into the death of Richard Mark Westgate at Salisbury Coroner’s Court, Dorset, UK.
Representing BA and the Civil Aviation Authority:
David Platt QC
David specialises in occupational disease, personal injury and insurance work. He also undertakes common law and environmental work, employment claims, health and safety and inquest proceedings. After a highly successful career as a junior, he took silk in 2011.
His occupational disease practice involves all aspects of asbestos litigation, stress at work, COSHH claims, upper limb disorder litigation, asthma, dermatitis, VWF, cancer and NIHL claims. He has been involved in emerging litigation areas such as passive smoking, DVT, pilot aerotoxicity and toxic mould litigation. He also undertakes all aspects of personal injury work (including harassment and abuse claims) and acts for both claimants and defendants. This often involves injuries of utmost severity and major disaster claims. He has been frequently instructed in Channel Islands litigation and on the Isle of Man.
He is also heavily involved in insurance work, particularly that linked to his main areas of practice. He was instructed in the group EL “Trigger” litigation involving mesothelioma claims and has wide experience in EL, PL and general policy construction.
As an able forensic performer he also much in demand for health and safety and inquest work and by clients who have described him as “cracking on his feet” (Chambers & Partners).
David also accepts licensed and public access work in appropriate cases.
Health & Safety
Set of the Year at the Chambers & Partners Bar Awards 2015
David Platt QC undertakes a wide range of health and safety work. Often this is linked to his disease and personal injury practice given his experience in industrial accidents, asbestos, hazardous substances and COSHH claims. Clients value the integrated service which he can therefore provide.
He acts in both the Crown and Magistrates Courts and at major Inquests. He has recently undertaken a number of important Inquests arising from aerotoxicity claims by airline cabin staff (2015/16), the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital Bowen Inquest (2016), the Callagher Inquest (food poisoning and clinical negligence, 2016), the M25 Beaconsfield crane collapse , the Avonmouth Bridge fatalities and Gloucester BHS asbestos Inquests.
Given his experience in environmental and pollution matters, he appears in linked prosecutions and pollution claims and in both the civil and criminal aspects of such cases. He has considerable experience of water pollution claims against the Environment Agency and appeared successfully in EA v. NB Real Estate and EA v. Quill International.
He appeared in Amos v. Worcester City Council (s3 HSWA- Divisional Court).
As a strong forensic performer, he is a natural jury advocate.
Click here for David’s service on aerotoxicity…
Representing the Westgate family:
‘Aerotoxicity’ – Michael acts on behalf of a number of airline employees who claim exposure to low and higher levels of organophosphates have occurred in the course of their employment aloft. This has happened owing to the design and operation of ‘bleed air’ from the engine into the aircraft cabin
Richard Westgate RIP
Read the Coroner’s 2015 Report here
Read BA & CAA 2015 Replies here
Read Richard Westgate evidence here
What about jet airline passengers who breathe the SAME air? (lawyers, doctors, scientists, politicians, media, celebs, children, babies, infants, pregnant women etc)
Click here to read about toxic exposure of 20 British passengers on 1st February 2007 fume event flight.
BALPA (British Airline Pilots Association)
Click here to read BALPA’s conclusions on aircrew and passenger health caused by contaminated air on 21st April 2005.
Click here to watch a BBC Panorama progamme ‘Something in the air?’ from 2008. (Includes interviews with passengers from the above 1st February 2007 fume event flight)
“Pilots almost passing out at the controls; passengers who say they’ve been made ill by toxic fumes. Can polluted air on board planes damage your health? Panorama carries out its own tests to discover just what’s in the air we breathe when we fly.”
Click here to listen to 24th September 2009 BBC Today report on Aerotoxic Syndrome – ‘Can planes be poisonous?’
Click here to read about serious ill health caused to a US passenger from an Airbus A 320 fume event in 2003.
Turner v’s East West Airlines (2010) Australian High Court win – click here