Personal Injury

Daughter pursues second legal opinion for her father’s asbestos case

Our client’s father had worked for Cammell Laird Shipbuilders and was exposed to significant quantities of asbestos dust and fibres which caused him to suffer from asbestosis during his lifetime.

08 June 2015

Meeting with judge with gavel

At the time, our client’s father consulted a local solicitor who advised that he wouldn’t be able to claim for compensation as there wasn’t any evidence to prove he was suffering from asbestosis.

Sadly, our client’s father died in October 2012. It later came to light that asbestos exposure may have contributed towards his death.

Our client came to us on behalf of her father to ask us to investigate this claim further because she knew something wasn’t quite right from the decision of the first solicitor and wanted a second opinion. We obtained witness statements from her father’s former colleagues and issued proceedings at court.

Extensive correspondence was exchanged and negotiations took place which meant the insurers of Cammell Lairds admitted they were at fault for our client’s father’s asbestos exposure and agreed to pay compensation.

Our client and her family accepted their offer of compensation on behalf of her father and was very pleased with the outcome. She said, “I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for my family. Your very hard work and excellent negotiating skills were fully tested in achieving this tremendous result. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and, most importantly, thank you from my Dad who would’ve been so made up to have you fight for him.”

Given the fact that the claim was unsuccessful first time around, it shows that sometimes a second opinion should be sought be expert specialists in this field.

Related practice areas:

Asbestos and mesothelioma FAQ

Asbestos diseases: medical definitions

Improper handling of asbestos

Asbestos register

Employer’s duty of care when asbestos is found

If you have any questions about this case study or would like to speak to a personal injury lawyer who specialises in industrial disease and asbestos cases, call us for a free consultation on 0330 041 5869 or contact us online.

All information was correct at the time of publication.

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