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Panel beater's widow receives compensation of £300,000

A woman has received damages after her husband died from mesothelioma

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9 November 2009

A widow received over £300,000 compensation following the death of her husband in October 2008 from an asbetos-related disease. Leigh Day & Co partner, Daniel Easton, was instructed by Mr R in 2008 following his diagnosis with mesothelioma. He had been exposed to asbestos in numerous jobs throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s in the demolition industry and when working as a panel beater. However, all his employers had gone out of business and there were significant difficulties tracing insurers for the now dissolved employers. When an insurer was finally located, we pressed the claim ahead as quickly as possible, but unfortunately Mr R succumbed to his illness and we continued to pursue matters on behalf of his widow, achieving a substantial settlement which will give her some future financial security .

Mr R was only 57 when he developed mesothelioma. He worked as a self-employed plumber, but also had purchased a property to renovate and make a profit. Unfortunately, not following a typical career path made his claim more difficult, but the outcome achieved presents an excellent settlement in terms of the financial security that Mr R provided to his family before his death.

Daniel Easton, who conducted the claim, comments:

"One of the major difficulties facing claimants for asbestos disease is simply tracing their old employers, or their employer's insurers. We were fortunate in this case to trace one of our client's insurers, but that is not always the case. Since 1972 employers' liability insurance has been compulsory, so in most cases we know that insurance existed, but sometimes cannot always find the companies involved. It can take extensive research to track companies down. Leigh Day & Co. are very experienced in dealing with these matters, but we are still hopeful that the Government may take further action to fill up the insurance black hole that has evolved over the years where we cannot trace insurance companies."

For more information please contact Daniel Easton or Vijay Ganapathy on 020 7650 1200.

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