£250,000 compensation for asbestos widow22 June 2009
Death caused by exposure to asbestos
The widow of an electrician whose death was caused by exposure to asbestos while rewiring a police station has received £250,000 in compensation.
His widow, who does not wish to be named, has received the compensation after his former employer Southern Electrical Contracting Limited admitted negligently exposing her husband to asbestos during the 1970s.
Mesothelioma is a cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by asbestos. There is no cure for the disease which affects more than 2,000 people every year. It can develop decades after the asbestos exposure took place and many sufferers die within months of diagnosis.
Exposed to asbestos while working
The 64-year-old was exposed to asbestos while working as an electrical fitter for Southern Electrical Contracting Limited. Before he died he described how he came into contact with asbestos when rewiring Frome Police Station.
He said: “I remember clearly that we had to work in cramped conditions. As a result we knocked and leaned against the asbestos lagged piping which meant parts would break off. We did not have any protective equipment but there was asbestos dust everywhere.”
Following his diagnosis he contacted his union Unite which instructed its lawyers to investigate the claim. Thompsons Solicitors brought the case to a successful conclusion for compensation of £250,000.
Laurence Faircloth from Unite said: “Mesothelioma is a terrible disease and we are only too pleased to have supported this claim. While the compensation can never bring back a loved one we hope it can go some way towards achieving a sense of justice for his family.”
Dave Fisher from Thompsons Solicitors said: “It was important for this union member to know that his family would be financially secure. The union’s legal service continued to support the claim for his widow. No effort or expense was spared in ensuring that the family recovered the maximum award of compensation to which they were entitled.”
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.
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