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

Jack Hogg, was 93, when he died in July 2011 from mesothelioma, a type of cancer of the lining of the lungs.

A post mortem confirmed Mr Hogg suffered from the cancer which is caused by asbestos.

He was exposed to asbestos working at a Dagenham car factory between 1951 and 1981. He started out as a junior and when he left he was a quality inspector.

Following his death his son, Ken, pursued the claim for compensation for the family and the hospice.

Thompsons Solicitors made claim for mesothelioma compensation

He instructed Thompsons Solicitors who were successful in securing full compensation for the family within four months. Thompsons also recovered £5,000 towards the cost of Mr Hogg’s care at St Francis’ Hospice in Romford.

Ken said: “My father was diagnosed with suspected mesothelioma in December 2009 but was too frail for tests needed to confirm this. He knew he had worked in a filthy environment at the factory and he believed that this was the most likely place he was exposed to asbestos. Following his death and the inquest we decided as a family to claim compensation and are pleased that the hospice will receive this money because of the care they provided to my father.”

Last year Saint Francis' Hospice cared for 39 people affected by asbestos related illness and Dr Corrina Midgley from St Francis’ Hospice said: “We are sorry for the family’s loss, but appreciate their support in securing this donation towards Mr Hogg’s care. It will enable us to help other families affected by life-limiting illness as we need to raise £7.7 million this year.

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

Lorna Webster from Thompsons Solicitors said: “I have acted and continue to act for a number of mesothelioma sufferers and their families who have been exposed to asbestos working in the car manufacturing industry in Dagenham and other factories. The wealth of specialist experience Thompsons has in this type of claim was an important factor in bringing this case to a successful conclusion within four months.

“Mr Hogg’s family were determined to do something to help St Francis’ Hospice 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.”