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Home > News > Widow of laboratory worker receives £150,000 in mesothelioma compensation

17th May 2010

Widow of laboratory worker receives £150,000 in mesothelioma compensation

A laboratory worker sought our compensation claim advice when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma. Sadly he died before the case was successfully concluded.

However, our specialist asbestos compensation lawyers had secured an interim payment during his lifetime that gave him the reassurance during the little time he had left with his family, that his case would succeed and that his family would be financially secure after his death.

Our lawyers continued with the claim on behalf of his widow and family, and negotiated fiercely to secure a final sum of £150,000 in mesothelioma compensation, substantially more than had originally been offered.

Symptoms of mesothelioma

A professional man, the deceased had been very fit and active. A few years short of 65 he was enjoying a happy and fulfilling retirement that included extensive travelling.

He first began to experience breathing problems and then pains in his abdomen. However, an MRI scan revealed nothing suspicious. His condition deteriorated such that he was admitted to hospital where X-ray and CT scan revealed fluid on his lung. This was removed and biopsies were taken.

Initially diagnosed with pleural thickening, his continued deterioration following the fluid drain, led to further biopsies and he was diagnosed with the fatal asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.

Exposure to asbestos dust

The deceased worked in a professional occupation and had not handled asbestos directly. However, from the age of 16, on a daily basis, he had been exposed to asbestos dust due to the activities of others who were working nearby him in the same environment.

His job required him to move around the processing area, which was constantly being developed and expanded, requiring new pipe work to be installed and insulated with asbestos by tradesmen called laggers. The laggers used asbestos blankets, which had to be cut, and they also mixed asbestos fibre with water to apply to the outside of steam pipes. Both these activities generated vast clouds of asbestos dust, which contaminated the entire work area and was made worse by the practice of sweeping up dry asbestos dust and debris.

This negligent exposure to asbestos dust continued for several years resulting in asbestos dust being inhaled and ingested on a daily basis.

Known dangers of inhaling asbestos

Although the dangers of inhaling asbestos were well documented and well known by employers, they had breached their duty of care under the Asbestos Industry Regulations 1931 (and other regulations) in several respects. They did not give any warning about the dangers of asbestos dust, did not provide the deceased with any respiratory equipment, and failed to provide any guidance on how to reduce the risk of developing an asbestos-related disease.

Mesothelioma compensation claims

Clear Answers’ lawyers, who specialise in compensation claims involving mesothelioma, have a reputation for fighting to obtain the maximum personal injury compensation for people who suffer from an asbestos-related disease as a result of negligence.

Our teams of asbestos-related disease experts are waiting to help you should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your mesothelioma claim. We will be happy to provide you with expert legal advice, to answer any questions you may have regarding your personal injury claim and to talk you through the claims process in plain English.

Please ring us on 0800 783 9019 and speak to one of our advisers if you or a family member is suffering or has suffered an asbestos-related disease. Alternatively, please complete one of our on-line compensation claim forms and a representative will contact you as soon as possible.

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