Widow receives compensation after her husband died of asbestos-related disease mesothelioma.14 May 2008
Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos
The woman, 51, from Wales, who does not wish to be named, received the damages after her electrician husband died just three weeks after being diagnosed with the disease.
There is no cure for the disease and sufferers usually have just months to live following diagnosis.
Exposed to asbestos at Work
In this case the sufferer was exposed to asbestos in the late 1940s and early 1950s while working for Metro Cammell at their carriage works in Birmingham.
He was also exposed to asbestos during the 1960s while working for James Stott & Company, based in Oldham.
She said: “When he was diagnosed with mesothelioma it was a shock. We were told it was terminal and that he would have a matter of months to live but he only survived three weeks. He died just a few days after our Silver Anniversary.
“I did not start the claim until after he died. He would be really pleased to know I’ve now received compensation.”
Thompsons Solicitors acted on behalf of the client. Client representative Joanne Candlish said: “Mesothelioma is a devastating disease. Although compensation can never make up for the loss of a loved one it can fulfil a sense of justice for the family members and provide them with much needed financial assistance.
Asbestos disease diagnosis? Talk to us for advice and support on how to secure compensation.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with an asbestos-related disease, we can support you with advice on how to make a claim.
The process will be explained in plain English and with no obligation – our priority is to provide you with the best, expert advice on whether you have a valid case for compensation, and to signpost you to further sources of support.
There are strict time limits applied to making a claim – usually three years from the date of diagnosis. It doesn’t matter if the exposure to asbestos took place – as it often does – decades ago, the three year time limit applies to the date of knowledge of diagnosis or date of death.
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