The family of a granddad who was first exposed to asbestos as a 15-year-old apprentice has received substantial compensation after developing mesothelioma, a cancer of the lining of the lungs.

The 73-year-old from Warrington sadly died of the cancer in May 2012, caused by exposure to asbestos.

Before his death he instructed asbestos claims experts, Thompsons Solicitors, to pursue a claim for compensation against his former employers.

Exposed to asbestos on almost a daily basis at work

He worked for a train manufacturer from 1955 until 1961 where he trained as an apprentice.

During his six years with the firm he was exposed to asbestos almost on a daily basis. He was never warned of the dangers or provided with any protection.

He was diagnosed with mesothelioma in September 2011 and contacted Cheshire Asbestos Victims Support Group (CAVSG). He then instructed Thompsons Solicitors' specialist asbestos legal team.

Thompsons Solicitors obtained compensation within just five months

Thompsons settled the claim within just five months and within the client’s lifetime.

His wife said: “It was extremely important to my husband to claim compensation to ensure his family were provided for in the future. He was impressed by how quickly everything was handled and it was a great relief to know that his claim was settled before his death.”

Brian from CAVSG added: “We support many victims of asbestos and their families in the Cheshire area and many of these victims worked for this employer. We understand this family’s loss and are glad we were able to provide them with support during this difficult time.”

Steven Dickens from Thompsons Solicitors said: “This client was just 15-years-old when he was first exposed to asbestos. He had no idea it would eventually cause his death decades later. We have acted on behalf of thousands of victims of asbestos and their families. It is important for those with mesothelioma to know the claim has been brought to a successful conclusion within their lifetime.”