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20 February 2015
Slater and Gordon Personal Injury Lawyer David Cass secured compensation for the widow of a man who died from mesothelioma in 2013.
David’s client’s husband had been told during his lifetime that his illness was very probably caused by exposure to asbestos. He and his wife had discussed where his exposure to asbestos had taken place and he recalled many years previously being exposed to asbestos which he delivered to various building sites.
It was clear to them both that David’s client’s husband had experienced a great deal of exposure to asbestos in the past but it had been a shock to them both when he was diagnosed with mesothelioma around 30 years after his exposure to asbestos stopped.
There were difficulties in advancing the mesothelioma compensation claim in the first instance. The company which employed David’s client’s husband was no longer trading. This is often the case in such claims because the period between exposure to asbestos and the development of mesothelioma can be typically 30 years or more and many employers have gone out of business over such a long period of time.
David’s client’s husband approached a firm of solicitors for advice about a claim. Unfortunately that firm was unable to find his employer’s insurance company and he sadly passed away before a claim could be commenced.
His widow approached David Cass of Slater and Gordon Lawyers who was able to identify the appropriate insurance company for her late husband’s employer.
Evidence was prepared and a letter of claim was sent to the employer’s insurance company. David’s client originally thought she wouldn’t receive anything by way of compensation but subsequent negotiations led to a settlement for £150,000..
In large part the money paid was not the objective for David’s client. She had lost her dearly loved husband and felt strongly that it was right that somebody should be held accountable for what had happened to him through no fault of his own. The settlement allowed her to achieve a degree of peace of mind.
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