20 August 2013
Family of Coventry asbestos-death man win compensation
The family of a man who died of an asbestos-related cancer have been awarded nearly £100,000 in compensation.
Frank Parker worked as an electrician for Massey Ferguson for 16 years and passed away in June 2011 after suffering with mesothelioma, the Coventry Telegraph reports.
His family appealed to the newspaper for other employees at the company to come forward, which the family's solicitors say was crucial in building the evidence needed to for a successful compensation claim.
Mr Parker's daughter-in-law Adrienne told the newspaper that while the family is delighted to have settled the case, it is little consolation for the loss of a loved one.
"No amount of money will ever bring Frank back to us, or make up or the pain and suffering he endured for the final months of his life," Ms Parker said.
Her father-in-law was advised to speak to solicitors after he was diagnosed with the asbestos-related cancer, but passed away before he was able to take action. However, his son Graham and daughter-in-law Adrienne took up his case on his behalf, winning a sum of £90,000.
Mr Parker trained as an electrician after leaving school in 1950, going on to work at Lee Beesley in Coventry before moving onto Abbey Panels in Exhall.
He then moved onto Massey Ferguson in 1974 where he worked until he retired.
A spokesman for Massey Ferguson told the newspaper that it would be inappropriate to comment in such cases.
The family of a former employee of architect RMJM who died of mesothelioma have launched a claim against two ex-bosses at the company.
Building.co.uk reports that the family of John Angus Miller – who died in 2009 - have named Sir Andrew Derbyshire and Vernon Lee as defendants in the claim, which was initially filed against Bett Homes and RMJM Scotland.
RMJM Scotland went into receivership in October last year and the claim was subsequently amended by Bett Homes to focus on Mr Lee and Sir Andrew.
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