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Widow secures justice following husband’s asbestos related mesothelioma death

Our client sadly lost her husband just 8 months after his symptoms of breathlessness, tiredness and a loss of appetite were diagnosed as asbestos related mesothelioma.

Financially dependent on her husband, she pursued a claim against his previous employers where he was exposed to significant quantities of asbestos while working in the Royal Navy in the late 1940’s to the late 1950’s. He also worked as a petroleum engineer for BP up until the early 1990’s where he was also exposed to asbestos.

Leading an active life and enjoying good health up until his symptoms started, his asbestos related mesothelioma was initially treated with radiotherapy but he was later too unwell to undergo chemotherapy treatment and sadly died in little over a month after being admitted to a hospice.

Prior to his symptoms leading to a mesothelioma diagnosis, he enjoyed good health and an active lifestyle. Like other asbestos related diseases, symptoms of mesothelioma will not appear until often several decades following exposure to asbestos, the use of all types of which was banned in 1999.

Commonly used until then in a variety of buildings as an insulating material in ceilings and in lagging around pipes for example, asbestos becomes a serious health risk when it is disturbed and significant quantities of the dust is inhaled.

Undertaking repair and maintenance jobs during his working life, our client’s husband had not been provided with protective equipment nor information advising him of the potential health risks involved in carrying out his duties. Several decades later, this exposure led to his ultimate death as a result of asbestos related mesothelioma.

Despite asbestos materials continuing to be used in buildings up until the use of all types of asbestos was banned in 1999, reports warning employers of the dangers of asbestos dust date back to 1899.

We were able to successfully conclude the claim and our client received a settlement of £145,000 providing some peace of mind following her family’s sad ordeal.

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Linder Myers’ team of occupational disease specialists have extensive experience in these matters and understand the upset an asbestos related mesothelioma diagnosis can cause both to the individual affected, and their family. Contact a member of our team for sensitive and confidential advice on making a claim for compensation.

You can speak to a member of our team on 0161 835 8832. Alternatively, please email a summary of your potential claim and contact details to claire.reddicen@lindermyers.co.uk

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