Thompsons Solicitors has helped a widow obtain £295,000 in compensation after her husband was exposed to asbestos as a 15-year-old apprentice02 April 2007
The woman from Chorley, Lancashire, received the compensation after her husband died from mesothelioma in December 2005. He was diagnosed with the devastating disease in March 2004.
He was exposed to asbestos while working as an apprentice engineer for British Rail.
He worked for the company in a number of roles from 1957 to 1963. His widow told how her husband recalled working in the boiler rooms where the asbestos dust coated everything.
When he became ill he approached his union, Amicus and was put in touch with Thompsons Solicitors specialist asbestos team to bring a compensation claim.
She said: "It was a shock when my husband was first diagnosed with mesothelioma as he had always been so fit and healthy. While he worked as an apprentice he was exposed to asbestos every day but he said he was never warned about the dangers.
"He decided to fight for compensation because he wanted to make sure me, our two sons and his elderly mother were all cared for after his death.
"I took on the case after his death and Amicus and Thompsons have been very supportive. I am glad it has come to a close now. No amount of money can bring him back, but it means things will be a little easier."
Specialist Asbestos Team
Her lawyer, Gill Owen said: "Mesothelioma is a terrible disease, which has cut short many people’s lives. By fighting this case on behalf of this client we have been able to fulfill her husband's wish that his family will be adequately provided for following his death.
"We hope she will now be able to put this case behind her knowing that we were able to gain justice for her husband’s death."
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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