Hospice helped by patient’s family18 January 2013
Died of asbestos related cancer mesothelioma
A Lincolnshire hospice who nursed a terminally ill engineer during his last days has received compensation for the cost of his care.
The man, who left behind two daughters and two grandchildren, sadly died in November 2011 from the cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by working for two different employers.
He was first exposed to asbestos when he was just 14 working on a shipyard on the River Tyne.
He later qualified as an engineering surveyor and was exposed to asbestos while inspecting boilers in the Birmingham and Scunthorpe areas.
During his final days he was cared for by Lindsey Lodge Hospice in Scunthorpe.
Instructed Thompsons Solicitors to investigate claim for compensation
He instructed Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a claim for compensation because he was determined to raise awareness about the dangers. His daughter and his family continued his claim on their father’s behalf.
Thompsons successfully settled the claim out of court against the employers insurance company for an undisclosed sum and in addition also recovered compensation for the hospice.
His daughter said: “As a family we felt it was important to continue the claim for our dad, not just for compensation, but to raise awareness about asbestos related disease. Additionally we wanted to do all we could to help the hospice which cared for him.”
Neil Baines at Thompsons Solicitors said: “Hospices play an important role in caring for patients with terminal illnesses. They rely on donations from the public to do their work and often face an uphill battle to raise funds. We have not only been able to make sure this family was fully compensated by the employers who were at fault but also to help the hospice.”
Alison Tindall, Hospice Director from Lindsey Lodge Hospice added: “Our care for hospice patients is tailored to individual need during their stay with us, however long that might be. Hospice care and support also extends to help meet the needs of a patient’s family.”
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