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Family of former boiler maker settles mesothelioma claim

An apprentice exposed to asbestos as a young man went on to develop mesothelioma

Old boiler system

8 February 2016

Mesothelioma lawyer Ewan Tant recently settled a claim for compensation on behalf of the family of a man who had been exposed to asbestos as a young apprentice.

The man, known only as L, was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 77.  L had been exposed to significant levels of asbestos as an apprentice boiler maker and engine repair shop worker in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Ewan met Mr L in hospital and was able to take evidence from him about his working conditions and exposure to asbestos.

Mr L died soon after first meeting Ewan who represented Mr L’s family at the inquest into his death.  The inquest ruled that Mr L had died as a consequence of being exposed to asbestos.

After the inquest Ewan pressed on with Mr L’s legal claim and secured an admission of liability and an interim payment. The case reached a final settlement and a sum of compensation was paid to Mr L’s family.

Mr L’s family said:

“Mr Tant handled our case with sensitivity and understanding at a very difficult time and helped us to get the best settlement possible. We would highly recommend him and his firm.”

Mesothelioma lawyer Ewan Tant said:

“Despite meeting Mr L only in hospital, we were able to obtain enough information from him about his former working conditions to secure a financial settlement for his family, and I am pleased that we were able to settle the case relatively quickly”.

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