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Family of former fitter receives mesothelioma compensation

Former Mather and Platt worker exposed to asbestos in workplace

Textile machine

10 February 2017

The widow of a man known only as Mr W to protect his identity has received a sum of compensation following his death from mesothelioma, an asbestos related cancer.

Mr W worked as a fitter at Mather and Platt Ltd in the late 1960s and then as a fitter, foreman and supervisor at Matthew Hall Ltd where he worked from 1970 to 2006.

Mr W was diagnosed with the fatal lung cancer, mesothelioma, at the age of 68.  He had been exposed to significant amounts of asbestos, the only cause of mesothelioma, in the workplace.

Mr W approached asbestos claims solicitor at Leigh Day, Ewan Tant, who met Mr W in his home and took extensive evidence from him about his asbestos exposure shortly before he died.

Ewan then represented Mrs W at the inquest into his death where it was established that Mr W had died because of his exposure to asbestos.

Ewan was able to secure an admission of liability and interim compensation for Mrs W at the inquest, and reached a final settlement for Mrs W shortly afterwards.

Mrs W said:

“We would like to send our personal thanks to you for succeeding in carrying out my husband’s wishes.

“Without your help it would have been so difficult for us.  My husband would have been very happy with the result you have achieved.

“You always did what you said you were going to do, and kept us informed at all times, giving us excellent advice and guidance when needed.

“We cannot thank you enough.”

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