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Home > News > Widow awarded asbestos-related lung cancer compensation

11th May 2009

Widow awarded asbestos-related lung cancer compensation

After more than 40 years of marriage, our client was robbed of the support and company of her husband and lifelong partner when he developed asbestos-related lung cancer and tragically died only a year after diagnosis.

Whilst money can never compensate for the loss of a loved one, our specialist team of asbestos lawyers were able to secure over £160,000 in damages for our client, which ensured her financial security and recognised the pain and suffering endured by her husband following his negligent exposure to asbestos.

Exposure to asbestos dust and fibres

As with all cases of asbestos-related disease our client’s husband was exposed to asbestos dust many years prior to developing symptoms. Early in his working life, he worked for a large international company that provided insulation materials for the building industry.

Our client’s husband used a hand saw to cut large asbestos sheets to required sizes which were loaded on to pallets for distribution. This created clouds of dust which filled the atmosphere. Dust was always present throughout the factory and would be swept up dry causing dust again to be suspended in the air.

After National Service, he returned to the same job. Although extraction fans had been installed and workers had been provided with masks they were ineffective.

Development of asbestos-related lung cancer

Our client’s husband had always kept fit, helped around the house with domestic chores, and enjoyed working in the garden. About a year prior to his death he had developed a persistent cough and a visit to his GP resulted in referral for x-rays and subsequently led to him undergoing a bronchoscopy.

The results of these tests confirmed the diagnosis of lung cancer and his condition was such that surgery was not possible. Although he received several sessions of radiotherapy, the benefits were short-lived and the cancer continued to spread until the pain was such that he was prescribed morphine.

The disease progressed, he was unable to walk any distance and even had difficulty sitting comfortably. Typical of lung-cancer, he lost his appetite, suffered chest pain and shortness of breath. Sadly he died just over a year after his initial diagnosis.

Although his period of employment with the negligent employer had been relatively brief, the heavy level of his daily exposure to asbestos was sufficient eventually to prove fatal.

Asbestos-induced lung cancer compensation claims

Clear Answers’ lawyers, specialising in asbestos-related claims, 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 by an employer or someone else.

Our teams of experts are waiting to help you should you decide to instruct us to represent you in your asbestos-induced lung cancer 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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