A North West hospice which nursed a terminally ill joiner during his last days has been reimbursed for the cost of his care.

Specialist asbestos compensation lawyers Thompsons Solicitors secured more than £13,000 for the Greater Manchester-based hospice after the man from Denton, Manchester died of asbestos related cancer mesothelioma.

The joiner, who left behind his wife, two children and grandchildren, sadly died in November 2011 from the cancer of the lining of the lungs caused by working for a joinery firm in the 1950s and 1960s.

His job involved cutting up sheets of asbestos.

He was never warned about the dangers to his health or provided with the correct protective equipment.

During his final days he was cared for by the hospice.

Diagnosed with mesothelioma

He instructed Thompsons Solicitors to investigate a claim for compensation following his initial diagnosis. His condition was confirmed at a post mortem when his family continued the claim.

Thompsons successfully settled the claim out of court against his employer’s insurance company for an undisclosed sum and in addition also recovered compensation for the hospice.

His wife said: “When my husband was diagnosed with mesothelioma it was huge shock for all the family. I had no idea that he had worked with this dangerous material which ultimately killed him. It was important to him to claim compensation and when we found out that we could also help the hospice we decided to do all we could to make sure it was reimbursed for the care it provided for my husband during his last days.”

Steven Dickens at Thompsons Solicitors said: “Mesothelioma is a devastating disease which is caused by exposure to asbestos. Our client was exposed to the dust while working at a time when his employers were well aware of the dangers. By pursuing a claim against the employers we have made sure that the family were fully compensated and also assisted the hospice by making the employer’s insurers reimburse the hospice for the costs of the excellent care they provided during our client’s final stages of illness.”