The family of a shipyard worker who died from asbestos related cancer mesothelioma have received compensation from his former employers.

The 74-year-old from Liverpool died from the cancer of the lining of the lungs in August 2009, just six months after being diagnosed with the devastating disease.

Mesothelioma is caused by asbestos often due to exposure in the workplace.

He was shocked when he was diagnosed with the disease but sadly his condition deteriorated before he was able to instruct solicitors to pursue a claim for compensation.

The widower left behind three daughters and one son and 12 grandchildren.


Thompsons Solicitors made claim for compensation

His daughter instructed asbestos claims experts Thompsons Solicitors to investigate the case against her father’s former employers.

He worked as a plater’s assistant for Cammel Laird Shipbuilders and Engineers on two occasions in the 1950s and the late 1960s.

Thompsons secured an out of court settlement from his former employers’ insurers.


Shock at mesothelioma diagnosis

His daughter said: “We were all shocked beyond words when my dad was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer we had never heard of.  All he could think was that he had never smoked. Of course, now we know that it is caused by asbestos, not smoking.

“He became seriously ill very quickly and during those months we concentrated on making him as comfortable as possible. It wasn’t until after his death that we decided to get in touch with Thompsons.

“Our claim was never about the money but about securing justice on my dad’s behalf. We are pleased that Thompsons has been able to achieve that.”

Joanne Candlish at Thompsons Solicitors added: “Our client was extremely ill when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma.

“Using Thompsons’ extensive archives and experience of asbestos claims I was able to investigate his work history quickly and piece together a detailed picture as to how he was exposed to asbestos This led to the claim I made for the family being settled by his former employers’ insurers for substantial compensation.”