Joiner’s family compensated for mesothelioma death07 May 2010
Diagnosed with mesothelioma
The widow of a joiner has received £250,000 compensation for her husband’s death from asbestos related disease.
The former shipyard worker was diagnosed with cancer of the lining of the lungs, mesothelioma, in December 2007 after suffering from breathlessness.
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos. There is no cure for the disease and sufferers often die within months of diagnosis.
Exposed to asbestos while working
He was exposed to asbestos working for Humber Graving Dock Limited at Immingham Docks, Humberside, during the 1970s and 1980s. He completed his apprenticeship with the company and continued working as a joiner being exposed to asbestos during the refitting of ships.
He later worked as a self employed joiner and gardener before he became ill. He had hoped to continue working until he was 70.
When he was diagnosed with mesothelioma he had radiotherapy and chemotherapy treatment but his condition continued to deteriorate until he died in November 2008 leaving behind his wife and two adult children.
Thompsons Solicitors made claim for compensation
Following his diagnosis he contacted asbestos claims specialists Thompsons Solicitors for advice about compensation. After his death his wife continued the claim on his behalf.
She said: “He was devastated when he found out he had a fatal disease and did not want to leave us. He started the compensation claim and wanted to know now that I would be financially secure.”
She added: “Mesothelioma is a terrible disease. He was determined to beat it and put a brave face on for the family He deteriorated so quickly and it was a shock when he died in less than a year.”
Marion Voss from Thompsons Solicitors said: “Mesothelioma is a notoriously aggressive disease. Because the process of claiming compensation had commenced during this client’s lifetime we were able to bring it to a successful outcome quickly for his family.”
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