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Widow of late ship worker receives compensation

Widow receives £135,000 after death of husband from mesothelioma

Ship at dock side

30 September 2016

A widow has received compensation of just over £135,000 following the death of her husband from the asbestos related cancer, mesothelioma.

The man known only as Mr C was exposed to mesothelioma in the early 1960s when he worked as a ship repairer.  He was exposed to significant amounts of asbestos dust when helping to repair ships.

He was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 70 and died shortly after from cardiac arrest.

Mesothelioma solicitor Vijay Ganapathy instructed cardiac and respiratory experts who were able to confirm that Mr C’s mesothelioma had increased his susceptibility for suffering a cardiac arrest.

Vijay Ganapathy from the industrial diseases team at Leigh Day said:

“This was a complex case as we had to use a number of different medical experts to demonstrate that our client’s husband was more likely to suffer a heart attack because of his recent mesothelioma diagnosis.

“I am pleased that we were able to secure this compensation for his widow to secure her future now that her husband has died.”

The family gave Vijay the following statement which they agreed could be shared on the Leigh Day website:

“We would all like to thank you as a family for the hard work you done to achieve such an amazing figure for my grandfather even though he wasn’t here to see it. I couldn’t have wished for a more friendly, kind person than yourself to deal with this and you have been brilliant.”

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