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Home > News > Mesothelioma compensation awarded to bricklayer's widow

10th August 2009

Mesothelioma compensation awarded to bricklayer's widow

Sadly, our client had commenced a claim for mesothelioma compensation, but died before it was completed. His widow asked us to continue the mesothelioma claim on her behalf. Our experienced personal injury lawyers, who specialise in all types of asbestos-related compensation claims, were able to secure over £100,000 in mesothelioma compensation.

The claim was pursued vigorously against the employer responsible for her husband’s exposure to asbestos and the compensation included the payment of a sum obtained from the Pneumoconiosis Workers’ Compensation Fund during his lifetime, together with benefits he had received from the DWP.

Exposure to asbestos dust

Our client’s husband had been exposed to asbestos several decades before his symptoms developed, as is the case with around 2000 victims of mesothelioma each year in the UK.

In this case, the exposure occurred with a number of employers over several years in the 1950’s and again in the 1970’s and 1980’s. The earlier employers had all ceased trading and, despite extensive enquiries, it was not possible to trace their insurers. Our specialist solicitors were able to trace one of the employers and bring a claim against them.

As a bricklayer, he was involved in the construction of new homes which were designed with asbestos pipes as part of the gas flues in the roof spaces. These asbestos pipes were fitted at the top of the gas flues, before the final capping. He had to cut the asbestos pipes to size using a hand saw, creating asbestos dust which it was impossible to avoid inhaling in the confined working space.

Developing symptoms of mesothelioma

As our client’s husband had suffered for several years from other general health problems, he initially thought that was the reason for his deteriorating condition. However, as his breathlessness increased, and he began to suffer pains in his side, he eventually sought advice from his GP, who referred him for X-rays and further scans. He was then given the devastating news that he was suffering from mesothelioma.

As his illness progressed, he spent some time in a centre for respite care, and was cared for by his wife and family during the time he was able to remain at home. Although chemotherapy was considered initially, it was later decided that this would prove of no benefit. He died just a few months after diagnosis.

No protection provided against exposure to asbestos dust

Despite extensive knowledge by employers at the time of his asbestos exposure, about the risks of developing an asbestos-related disease, our client’s husband had not been provided with any suitable respiratory protection. No overalls were provided and he worked in his own clothes which he then took home contaminated with asbestos dust.

He was never given any training or warnings on the known dangers of developing an asbestos-related disease through inhaling asbestos dust.

Making a mesothelioma compensation claim

Clear Answers’ lawyers, who specialise in claims involving mesothelioma, have a reputation for expertise and fighting hard to obtain the maximum compensation for people who suffer as a result of employers’ negligence.

Our teams of experts in asbestos-related claims 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 personal injury claim and to talk you through the claims process in plain English.

Time limits apply to making a claim for personal injury compensation, so 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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