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Bob Unstead’s widow and young son receive compensation after his death from mesothelioma

Asbestos lawyers secure settlement for former Kitsons worker

Bob and Tracey Unstead

5 December 2017

Tracey Unstead and her son have received compensation following the death of her husband, Bob, aged 62, from mesothelioma in 2015.

Specialist asbestos lawyer at Leigh Day, Daniel Easton, was contacted by Bob in early 2015 following his diagnosis. 

Although Daniel acted quickly to issue court proceedings and bring a claim against his former employer, Kitsons, Bob succumbed to his illness in September. Leigh Day then continued the claim for his widow and young son.

Insulation contractors Kitsons, a company with branches all over the UK, denied that they used asbestos during Bob’s employment and fought hard against the claim. 

Daniel gathered supporting witness evidence from across the country including from an expert engineer.  A trial was due to take place in October 2017.

Bob had run his own business, an asbestos surveying and removals company, which meant that Daniel also needed to get detailed information about his work, and instruct an independent accountant help work out how much Bob’s claim was worth.

He was based in the defendant’s Exeter office and worked in numerous buildings including schools across Devon and Cornwall.

Leigh Day instructed two very experienced industrial disease claim barristers, to ensure that Bob and his family had the very best representation possible.

Daniel was able to resolve the claim at a settlement meeting, without an admission of liability, avoiding the need to go to trial.

Tracey said: 

“We met with Daniel not long after what has to have been one of the most difficult days ever faced, the confirmation of a mesothelioma diagnosis and knowing as a family what that meant.

“From the start of our journey, Daniel, his team and Leigh Day have been there when we have been at our most vulnerable which in such cases is so very much needed and for which a 'thank you' is simply not enough. Our lives will never be the same again but our son has a chance to realise all of his ambitions with his Dad watching over him.

“Sympathetic, empathetic, tenacious, professional, knowledgeable, and, most of all the very human face and voice of what can be a very daunting, emotional, complex and challenging period for everyone concerned and especially me having to continue after my husband’s death.  So publicly I say to you' thank you Daniel' and 'thank you Leigh Day.”

Mesothelioma is an aggressive form of cancer which is usually only caused by exposure to asbestos.  About 2,500 people die from mesothelioma every year.  It can take many years, usually decades after exposure, to manifest.  

There is no known cure but research indicates that immunotherapy may be beneficial and mesothelioma claims often include private treatment costs. Leigh Day has a specialist team of asbestos lawyers who handle all our mesothelioma claims.

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