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Home > News > Mesothelioma compensation for family of apprentice electrician

23rd April 2012

Mesothelioma compensation for family of apprentice electrician

We acted on behalf of a retired electrician who had been exposed to asbestos for a relatively short time, almost six decades before he developed the fatal disease.

Sadly, our client died before his claim could be completed, but we were asked to continue to fight this claim for mesothelioma compensation on behalf of his widow.

Negligently exposed to asbestos dust before the age of 18

Our client was an apprentice at the time of his exposure. He worked on commercial and industrial installations, installing lighting and heating systems in factories. His work involved the use of heavy duty insulated cable. This cable contained asbestos-based insulation which he had to strip in order to expose the wire core. This released asbestos from the insulation directly into our client’s working area, causing him to inhale the deadly dust.

Our client was also exposed to asbestos in other locations, such as working in lofts where old asbestos dust and debris had been left from previous lagging operations. Our client walked through the debris, kicking it up and inhaling it.

No warnings on the danger of asbestos-related diseases

As was frequently the case, at no time was our client warned of the dangers of coming into contact with asbestos dust nor was he provided with any adequate protection in the form of masks or other breathing protection.

Symptoms of mesothelioma

The symptoms of this fatal asbestos-related disease began when our client suffered increasing shortness of breath on the slightest exertion. This was followed by chest pain, lethargy, poor sleeping patterns and loss of appetite as his symptoms progressed.

Treatment for mesothelioma

When his condition continued to deteriorate, he was referred for tests, including a CT scan and a biopsy, which confirmed that he was suffering from mesothelioma. He underwent several chest drains, which provided some short-term relief from his breathlessness. Sadly, there is no cure for mesothelioma and our client died less than 18 months after his diagnosis.

Successful settlement negotiated

Claims for injury resulting from asbestos exposure at such an early date can be difficult to pursue, if the firms responsible have gone out of business. However, using their specialist skills and knowledge, our asbestos compensation lawyers were able to track down the insurance company responsible for covering the employer, and presented arguments to their solicitors. This enabled us to secure substantial mesothelioma compensation for our client’s widow, ensuring that she was at least financially secure following his death.

In addition, on his widow’s instructions, we were able to pursue the Defendants for the cost to the local hospice who provided excellent care to her husband, and a donation was made in our client’s memory.

Mesothelioma compensation claim

We have a dedicated team of lawyers specialising in asbestos-related injuries who are able to offer expert claim advice in what can be very complicated personal injury claims. They have huge experience of such claims and will be happy to answer any questions you may have in plain English.

If you or your family have been affected by mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease and would like some advice about how to make a personal injury compensation claim, contact Clear Answers' solicitors on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms, and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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