The family of a man known only as Mr F to protect his identity has received a six-figure sum of compensation following his death from mesothelioma.
Mr F was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 67. Mesothelioma is an incurable asbestos-related cancer affecting the lining of the lungs.
Because Mr F was exposed to asbestos many decades in the past, he did not realise that it was be possible to bring a claim for compensation against his former employers for negligent exposure to asbestos.
It was only after he first approached specialist asbestos lawyer Vijay Ganapathy at Leigh Day that he realised that such a claim could be made after which his case was advanced urgently.
Mr F wanted to settle his claim during his lifetime so that his family received the financial support they would need after his death.
By the time Mr F contacted Leigh Day, he was seriously ill and it was important that his claim was dealt with quickly.
Vijay Ganapathy investigated Mr F’s claim and was able to identify two former employers who had allowed the negligent exposure to high levels of asbestos dust that Mr R suffered;
- a pipe fitters in the early 1970s when it was common to insulate pipes with asbestos; and
- a cement works where Mr F was required to clean the passageways and conveyor belts (including clearing up asbestos fragments and dust), that fed numerous silos.
Vijay negotiated a six figure settlement within six months of Mr F approaching Leigh Day.
Vijay Ganapathy commented:
“Sadly Mr F died only a few days after the settlement was agreed but I believe that the knowledge that his family would be supported financially after his death did at least offer him some relief.”