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Home > News > Mesothelioma compensation for widow of boilermaker exposed to asbestos

5th January 2009

Mesothelioma compensation for widow of boilermaker exposed to asbestos

Sadly, many clients who ask for mesothelioma compensation claim advice from our specialist mesothelioma solicitors do not survive to receive their compensation. One such client, who wanted to pursue a mesothelioma compensation claim, was only in his 60’s when he was diagnosed with the fatal asbestos-related disease, and died within months of receiving the devastating news.

Fight for mesothelioma compensation continued by dependants

Our expert mesothelioma solicitors continued to fight the case on behalf of his widow and children and, after liability was admitted by the defendant, were able to secure over £170,000 in mesothelioma compensation.

Exposure to asbestos

An apprentice, and later a boilermaker, our client had worked many years in the locomotive industry and had been subjected to negligent asbestos exposure by the defendant on a regular and excessive scale. No protective equipment had ever been provided to him or his colleagues, and no warnings given about the risks of developing asbestos-related diseases due to inhaling asbestos dust and fibres.

Asbestos exposure to workers in the boilermaker and locomotive industries is well documented now and our client’s experience was typical of the extent of negligence shown by employers.

As a young apprentice, he worked alongside men who tipped asbestos powder from sacks into wheelbarrows, adding water to it and then mixing it into a paste. Clouds of dust were created as the asbestos powder was tipped out, often much of it falling outside the wheelbarrow where it would lie for some time and then be kicked around as the men walked through it. Even when it was cleared up, this was done dry and added to the clouds of asbestos dust and fibres that constantly filled the air. There was no alternative but for our client and his colleagues to inhale this lethal asbestos dust.

Unaware of the dangers, the men would often use the asbestos to make snowballs and throw them at each other.

Later he worked on repairing boilers etc. that were covered in asbestos lagging. The lagging had to be removed and was often done so by breaking it off, causing the asbestos to decay, fragment and create clouds of dust. His job frequently involved working under the boilers and the asbestos would fall down onto his face, going up his nose and down his throat.

Throughout many years of working in this environment, at the end of each day, our client would have to shake his overalls to remove the asbestos dust, again adding to the amount of asbestos fibres he was inhaling.

Protective equipment provided to asbestos workers

During the 1980’s, his employment took him back to the defendants site where he noticed that a separate building had been constructed for all asbestos work. Those engaged in working with asbestos were wearing protective suits and masks, none of which had been provided for our client’s protection, with the tragic consequence of his developing mesothelioma.

Symptoms of the fatal asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma

His initial symptoms had been attributed by him as flu, but when his breathlessness increased, he visited his GP. After some initial treatment he was sent for an x-ray and eventually referred to a specialist. X-rays revealed a shadow on his lungs, and further procedures, including CT scan and a biopsy, confirmed that he was suffering from mesothelioma, a fatal asbestos-related disease.

Our client had always been a fit man, enjoying several sports as well as carrying out all the DIY around his home. As the symptoms increased, he became unable to do any of these things, and relied heavily on his wife for help in everyday tasks. Unable to sleep, his wife often kept him company during the night, her own health suffering as a result.

Successful claim for mesothelioma compensation

Tragically, he died of this fatal asbestos-related disease before knowing that his family would be secure financially after mesothelioma had robbed them of their husband and father.

Mesothelioma Compensation Claims

Clear Answers’ teams of experts are waiting to help you, should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your mesothelioma compensation claim. We will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, to answer any questions you may have regarding your claim and to talk you through the claims process in plain English. Our specialist lawyers have a reputation for obtaining the maximum compensation for people who suffer from an asbestos-related disease as a result of negligence by the employer.

If you or a family member is suffering or has suffered an asbestos-related disease, please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers. Or if you have suffered any type of personal injury and believe you may have a valid accident claim for compensation.

Alternatively, a representative will contact you as quickly as possible if you complete one of our on-line compensation claim forms.

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