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Compensation for family of man exposed to asbestos dust from his father's clothes

The widow of a man who died from mesothelioma has received compensation

Work clothes can contain and distribute asbestos dust

19 February 2014

Asbestos partner Daniel Easton has recovered substantial damages for the widow of a mesothelioma victim who was exposed to asbestos from his father’s work clothes.

Philip Kelly was taken ill in late 2010 and gave evidence about the time he spent with his father who was heavily exposed to asbestos when working as a boiler man for Mobil in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Tragically, Philip’s father died from the same illness in 2006 and sadly Philip Kelly succumbed to the illness in early 2011.

Daniel Easton successfully recovered damages for Philip’s mother after his father died from mesothelioma and on hearing of Philip’s illness, accepted instructions to pursue a claim on his behalf.

Unfortunately, Philip succumbed to the illness in early 2011 and the claim was therefore continued on behalf of his widow. The nature and degree of asbestos exposure meant the claim was significantly more difficult and resulted in lengthy arguments, fortunately resolving in an out of court settlement.

Daniel commented:

"This was undoubtedly a difficult case, but given the family had suffered twice from such a devastating illness, we felt it was a worthy claim and pressed on.  It is tragic that both father and son suffered the same fate from the same asbestos exposure, and I am very pleased to have obtained a positive result."

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