Electrician’s widow receives £290,000 damages01 July 2009
Death due to asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma
The Unite the union member from Plymouth died in March 2007 after a two year fight against the disease.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by exposure to asbestos. There is no cure for the disease which can develop decades after the exposure to asbestos.
Exposed to asbestos dust at work
The member was exposed to the dangerous dust regularly during his work as an electrician for Western Power Distribution, now owned by EDF. He worked with the company from 1965 until 2007.
He was not warned about the dangers of asbestos until 1983 and even then wasn't provided with protective equipment.
His wife, who does not wish to be named, said her husband was shocked when he was diagnosed.
She said: "My husband had no idea that his job could lead to him being so ill. He was never warned about the dangers until the damage had already been done."
When he was diagnosed with mesothelioma he contacted Unite which instructed its lawyers to pursue a claim for compensation. Thompsons Solicitors pursued the claim to a successful out of court settlement for compensation of £290,000.
Mesothelioma caused by exposure to asbetsos
Laurence Faircloth, Unite regional secretary said: "Mesothelioma is a devastating disease caused by exposure to asbestos. Many of our members were exposed to this dangerous dust and now, decades later, they are paying with their lives. We will continue to fight for compensation for our members and justice for their families."
Dave Fisher from Thompsons Solicitors said: “This member was a very fit man, still in work and looking forward to enjoying his retirement. He and his wife were devastated when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma and knew this would rob them of their time together.
“His suffering and death, and the incalculable loss to his wife and family, were entirely preventable had his employers not failed in their duty of care. The union’s legal service ensured that the negligence of the employer was brought to account and that the family are financially secure.”
Asbestos disease diagnosis? Talk to us for advice and support on how to secure compensation.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we can support you with advice on how to make a claim.
The process will be explained in plain English and with no obligation – our priority is to provide you with the best, expert advice on whether you have a valid case for compensation, and to signpost you to further sources of support.
There are strict time limits applied to making a claim – usually three years from the date of diagnosis. It doesn’t matter if the exposure to asbestos took place – as it often does – decades ago, the three year time limit applies to the date of knowledge of diagnosis or date of death.
For further information, visit our How to Make A Compensation Claim page.