7 June 2010
The family of a retired carpenter have recovered damages for his death from mesothelioma at age 98. Edward Smyth worked as a carpenter and then maintenance manager for nearly four decades at a site in Maidenhead where he was exposed to asbestos products used in the construction of buildings, laboratories and insulating materials. He lived a full and rewarding life and was well-known in the local community, but developed breathing problems in 2007, which led to a rapid deterioration in his health the following year. Very sadly he died in May 2008 and the expert who was instructed for his legal claim predicted that he would have reached his century had he not developed mesothelioma.
Although Leigh Day & Co was instructed after Mr Smyth’s death, we were able to piece together a clear picture of his employment with the assistance of his family and a former work mate. Following a court hearing where the judge found Mr Smyth’s former employers negligent, an amicable settlement was reached before the case got to trial.
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