The family of a hosiery worker who died from asbestos related cancer has obtained compensation for the benefit of the hospice who cared for him during his final days.

The 67-year-old died in January 2010 from mesothelioma, a type of cancer of the lining of the lungs.

Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and there is no known cure for the disease. The man who has a daughter, two grandchildren and two great grandchildren was diagnosed with the disease in November 2009 but sadly died a few months later in January 2010.

He was exposed to asbestos whilst working as apprentice and then time-served dyer and finisher for CW Denham Dyers in Saffron Lane, Leicester from 1958 to 1979.

During his time working for the firm he was exposed to asbestos used to insulate the factory’s machines.

Thompsons Solicitors pursued claim for compensation

After his diagnosis he sought advice from Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST) and instructed Thompsons Solicitors to pursue a claim for compensation.

Following his death his daughter continued the claim on his behalf and for The Leicestershire and Rutland Hospice (LOROS) in Groby Road, Leicester.

Thompsons was successful in securing full compensation for the family and recovered more than £7,000 towards the cost of his care at the hospice.

His daughter said: “When my father was diagnosed with mesothelioma he knew he had been exposed to asbestos at work. It was a filthy and dusty environment. He felt strongly that we should continue his claim on his behalf and when we learnt we could also claim compensation on the hospice’s behalf we didn’t hesitate to instruct Thompsons.

“We are pleased the hospice will receive this money because of the care they provided to my father during his final days.”

Service provides support to many victims of asbestos and their family

A spokesperson from LOROS said: “We are sorry for the family’s loss, and appreciate their support in securing this donation towards this patient’s care. It will enable us to help other families affected by life-limiting illness as we need millions to do this every year.

“Thanks to Thompsons Solicitors people in a similar situation can seek advice, at no cost to them.”

Joanne Gordon from DAST added: “Our service provides support to many victims of asbestos and their family at a time when they are at their most vulnerable. We are pleased we have been able to help this family during this difficult time.”

Neil Baines from Thompsons Solicitors said: “Our client’s family were determined to do something to help LOROS for the care they provided during his final days there. It is only right that those who caused his devastating disease compensate the family and pay towards the costs of running the hospice.”